The Classic Rendezvous

The evening celebration continued at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD where over 250 guests to the Classic Rendezvous – Black Tie Gala were greeted to the alluring music of a saxophone player at the reception. The doors of the Grand ballroom then opened to the beating of drums and guest were escorted to their tables, aptly named after prestigious golf course around the world. The impressive curtain raiser was an item by three Brazilian dancers, followed by two beautiful ladies playing the violin and the cello. Next was an animated revelation of the PGC logo on two majestic screens that magically appeared. A screen presentation of the recent winning accomplishments of St. Peter’s College, Colombo followed, very appropriately to the theme “we are the champions”. After a quick welcome and acknowledgement of the guest, a short clip of the three charities was presented.            

The Peterite Golf Classic (PGC) and The Classic Rendezvous - Black Tie Gala (TCR) was organized by SPCOUBWDC to raise funds for the following three causes.

1)   Establishing a Career Guidance Center and a Trust Fund at St. Peter's College, Colombo
2)   Purchasing medical equipment for the new Pediatric Cancer Hospital in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
3)   Funding research at the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR) in New York.

The key note speaker Mr. Mark Neuman gave a good account of the economic progress in Sri Lanka and at the conclusion of his speech, guest enjoyed a scrumptious dinner. The high point of the gala was the batik fashion show, where authentic batik attire from Buddhi Batiks in Sri Lanka was modeled by fifteen elegant ladies on a special runway designed for the event. At the end of the fashion show, the models were accompanied on stage by the designer herself – Darshi Keerthisena. Music was provided by Jack Diamond and The Jim Steed Band and a live DJ – Indymix from California. The dancing continued into the two o’clock hour and the singing of the St. Peter’s College anthem signaled the end of a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.

SPCOBUWDC wishes to thank all who teamed with them to make both fundraising events a success. They also recognize and appreciate the support extended to the three child related causes and look forward to a closer partnership in the coming years.