Well folks, I am shocked. I am stunned. I am ecstatic!! Together we raised more than $123,000 which will be used to support several St. John organizations … how amazing is that??!!
The 2019 News of St. John raffle was our best one yet, and that is thanks to all of you … just over 2,500 of you to be exact! Some of you bought one ticket; one person even bought 40! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you!!
Love City Community Network needed $27,000 to complete its funding request to install 911 call boxes, complete with AEDs, on six North Shore beaches including Hawknest, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay (one at each end of the beach) and in the Annaberg area. We transferred $27,000 into their account Saturday morning.
C.O.R.E., the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, needed $12,000 to repair its vessel so it could resume the removal of lionfish from the off-shore reefs in the 40′ to 100′ range. We transferred $12,000 into their account on Saturday.
The Love City Pan Dragons needed $4,500 so they could purchase new uniforms, and pay for travel expenses relating to pan tuning plus the pan tuning itself. We transferred $4,500 into their account on Saturday.
The St. John Historical Society needed $3,000 so it could complete its “Our History Keepers” video project. We transferred $3,000 into their account on Saturday.
The St. John Christian Academy requested numerous items including a new LED sign which would be used for school announcements and to get better visibility from the roadway, water dispensers, flutes, basketball hoops and various school supplies. We’re in the process of ordering those items for the school. The cost of these items will be roughly $5,000
The Julius E. Spruave School is still completing its list of needs. Once we receive them, we will purchase them. We are budgeting at least $5,000 for these items.
Island Health and Wellness would like to start a pediatric program for the children of St. John. We will be making a substantial donation of more than $20,000 to help make that plan a reality.
And lastly, the Carolina Corral is in need of basic support. In February, 100 bags of feed and 60 hay bales cost $3,242. Dana Bartlett, the owner-operator of the corral, estimated that it costs roughly $100 a day to feed the animals at the corral. We’re hoping to pay for food for these animals for one year.
Once all of the items are purchased and delivered, we will let you know exactly where every dollar raised went!
I often joke that I am just a “little blog” and that “I’m simply a girl who blogs from her couch with her dog in the Caribbean.” Well this little blog, which is currently being typed from my couch while my dog snoozes beside me, is actually quite a thing I’ve learned over the past few years! And that’s not thanks to me, it’s thanks to all of you! Your love and support for this island is awe-inspiring. You were here for us during the good ol’ days, you were here for us during our darkest days, and you continue to be here for us during our encore. And please do not think that it has gone unnoticed, because it hasn’t. Again, thank you.
I am so appreciative for each and every one of you, and I know that many others living here on St. John feel the same. You all are just as much a part of this island as we are. It’s a beautiful, symbiotic relationship that I am proud to be a part of.
Now I am sure you are all wondering who the winners are, right??!! We plan to announce the 12 winners live on our Facebook page (as long as the internet cooperates) Tuesday, April 2nd at 6 p.m. We will post the winners here on News of St. John immediately afterward.
Again, thank you all so very much! You have truly outdone yourselves this time!