Dear Source: The St. John Cancer Fund was formed in July 2012 by St. Johnians who wanted to find a more effective way to unitize fund raising abilities.
None of the founding members had experience with non-profit organizations. We reached out to the Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI) to manage the monies raised.
Within the four years that the fund has been in operation, we have granted over $325,000 directly to St. Johnians’ battling cancer.
The Cancer Fund’s main event, Light up the Night, is very much a grass roots movement. No corporate sponsorship was received; however, the community came together to support each other.
The Beach Bar continued its reign as top fundraising team with $28,000. A huge thank you to the new owners: Sherry and Reed Able and managers: Adam Dow and Jimmy. Thank you for your dedication and passion to the fund.
Light Up the Night 2017 raised $99,431.36, and St John Cancer Fund expects the total to exceed $100,000. Thank you, Love City, St. John for the tremendous effort and a wonderful display of the St. John community’s love.
Thanks to this Light up the Night planning committee and all the supporters of this STJCF fundraising movement!
Sponsors: Woody’s Seafood Saloon, Viva Vacations, Scotia Bank, Marketplace, St. John Experience App, Island Style Weddings, Mahogany Run, EC Service Station, Concordia, Transportation Services, Ocean Grill, Mongoose Junction, Gallows Point Resort, Sean Georges, DJ Adonis, VI ATM Banking, School Children of Sprauve and Gifft Hill School, Pastor Isaac of the Moravian Church, Father Anthony of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Entertainment: Shikira Smith, Shukoia Sprauve, Love City Pan Dragons, Brother Nature Band, Pamela Love and Broheim, Eva Chinnery, Delrice Varlack, Shikima Jones, Avengers Band, Mark Wallace, Jon Garret, Deh Zone, Caribbean Ritual Dancers, Dynamic Dancers, Lorraine Richards, Unknown Band, Nancy Fisher, and St. John Woman Ensemble
Warrior Dinner: Sally Varlack – Floral décor, Celebrity Wait Staff for Warrior Dinner, Sen. Janet Millin Young, Sen. Marvin Blyden, Senator-at-Large Brian Smith, former administrator Julien Harley and former Sen. Roosevelt David
Restaurants for Warrior Dinner: Oasis Private Chefs, Ocean 362, High Tide, Little Olive, La Tapa, Umami, Jakes, St. John Catering, Ronnie’s Pizza, Joe’s Rum Hut, The Terrace, Fish Trap, Joe’s Rum Hut, Beach Bar, Driftwood David, Barefoot Cowboy, St. John Brewers, Queen of Tarts and Baked in the Sun
DJs and MCs: Brenda Wallace, DJ Top Notch-Ian, Samuel, DJ Jeremy Richards, DJ Ceneca and DJ Adonis
Felix and Dixie
Javis from Front Line Productions
Yelena Rogers Photography
Mrs. Irma Pickering
Dave and Peggy Spoth
Accounting: Jenn Robinson, Julie Fortunato, Justina and all the ladies at the St. John branch of First Bank
Gate Keepers and T-shirt Sales: April Bohaker, Kelly Rice Hudnall, Qia from Synergy, June and Karen Boynes
Light Up the Night Planning Committee:
Warriors — Dulcy Rhood
Warrior Dinner- Brenda Sonson
Luminaria Sales and Ceremony — Shani Carbon
Teams –Tim Hanley and Bridget Rose
Logistics — Hank Slodden
Entertainment — Adonis Morton, Clarence Stephenson
Children’s Parade — Onnika Gumbs
Golden Tickets — Cynthia Smith
Accounting Pam Gaffin
Social Media – Meagan Enright
Event Chairman — Mary Bartolucci
Mary Bartolucci, St. John