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D&G Foundation gives big boost

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation recently donated $400,000 to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Big Stage competition to support its mission to unearth local creative talent.

Speaking at the cheque presentation held at Red Stripe's Spanish Town Road headquarters, Noel DaCosta, chairman of the D&G Foundation, said the move would assist in influencing national development.

“The D&G Foundation is honoured to be on-board this year's Big Stage competition and we're confident this donation will strengthen its impact. The foundation is keen on supporting initiatives that influence national development and seeks to discover and promote the cultural expressions we continue to enjoy,” said DaCosta.

Orville Hill, interim executive director at JCDC, said he appreciated the gesture.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the D&G Foundation. Their donation will bolster the JCDC's efforts in expanding the competition's reach and help us in giving more Jamaicans the opportunity to become the next big hit,” said Hill.

Covering the central parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, the donation enabled the execution of the events as well as prizes for the top three finishers. First-place winners secured $50,000 cash, a trophy, and a Red Stripe gift basket, while second- and third-place winners received $30,000 and $20,000 cash prizes, respectively, as well as a trophy.

The Big Stage competition seeks to identify, promote and train talent in the areas of dance, singing, deejay, stand-up comedy, novelty acts, magic/conjuring, signing and miming.

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