The much-anticipated Third Annual HASB (HIV/AIDS Survivors Benefit) Charity Concert has been canceled, announced a very disappointed president Kevin Thompson-Delancy.
Speaking with this daily yesterday – Wednesday, September 12 – just two weeks prior to the “big event,” Thompson-Delancy said that it is with, “great sorrow and disappointment that I make this announcement, after all of the fanfare and excitement building up to the Sunday, September 30 event.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control and that of our partner, the Grand Bahama Chorale, the concert was canceled. We apologize to the Grand Bahama community, our ticket holders and more importantly, our honorees – Sarah St. George, Fred Sturrup, Obie Wilchcombe, Dr. Alfred Brathwaite, Nurse Vivian Brathwaite, Evelyn Lightbourne and Sharon Williams.
“We were so looking forward to this afternoon of melodious musical excellence by the Grand Bahama Chorale and our guest soloist Ricardo Knowles,” said Thompson-Delancy.
While disappointed that the Charity Concert is cancelled, Thompson-Delancy revealed that the honorees will still be celebrated on the same date (September 30), during a “smaller elegant event” at the Pelican Bay Resort.
“HASB will reward our honorees for their selfless contributions to this organization, despite the disappointment. We, once again, apologize and say to all our supporters, who have purchased tickets – please, please return to the box offices – Kross Town Food Store and Beauty Ego to be refunded.
“To our honorees we say, a thousand thank yous for your patience and understanding in this matter,” Thompson-Delancy said.
This daily spoke with Clayton Curtis, director of the Grand Bahama Chorale, who explained that the choir was met with logistical challenges.
“The choir encountered certain logistical challenges and we were met with extenuating circumstances beyond our control, which made it difficult to put on a quality performance consistent with the reputation of the choir,” said Curtis.