R. E. Barnes, Heart Foundation Chair along with Mrs. Shelagh Pritchard
Photo by: J & J Photo Imaging
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation and The Heart Ball Committee are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award.
Since 1968, the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart has been presented at the Annual Heart Ball. The award was initiated by The Heart Foundation to applaud and give recognition to individuals who have selflessly given of themselves to promote human welfare and dignity, thus making life better for their fellow men. Oftentimes, these individuals go unrecognized by the wider community for their efforts; they don’t ask for anything in return for their generosity. In most cases, they go beyond the call of duty, working outside of their normal scope of work, to impact our nation’s social, education, health and economic systems.
This Christmas as you make plans, think about that person who has made a difference and submit a nomination for them to win The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award.
Under the patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and The Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Mrs. Bernadette Christie, the 2014 / 2015 Heart Ball Committee will host the 51st Annual Heart Ball on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Annual Heart Ball is the major fund-raiser for The Heart Ball Committee. The funds raised from this event help to repair the hearts of children. The theme for this Ball is, “Affairs of the Heart….Sustaining Heart Beats, One at a Time”. The public is encouraged to help to repair a child’s heart, while spending Valentine’s with family and friends at the Annual Heart Ball.
One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award. Additionally, guests can look forward to an evening filled with love, laughter, fine foods, dancing, prizes and surprises. There will be live band and orchestral performances by the S-G Band and The RBDF Dance Band. Guests can end the evening with special music by Gary “Super” Johnson.
Most recently, Mrs. Shelagh Pritchard won the 2014 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award. She, along with her predecessors, was chosen from a pool of worthy candidates, to be the winners of this award. According to R E Barnes, Chairman of the Heart Foundation, “The many people who have worked with Shelagh Pritchard praised her with wonderful complements. She is the go to girl for churches of every denomination, orphanages, homes for the elderly, the AIDS camp, The Bahamas Red Cross, Inner Wheel, Rotary Club of East Nassau and a number of other organizations. She is described as being a tireless worker and a great networker to get things taken care of for every cause imaginable”.
In acceptance speech at the 50th Heart Ball Mrs. Pritchard said, “It’s not about us…it is about helping those in need”. She went on to say, “The ability to shape a better tomorrow lies in our hands”.
As the year 2015 fast approaches, if you know a person like Mrs. Pritchard, you are invited to submit a nomination, to be accompanied by a letter or statement explaining why the person recommended should receive the award. Nominations are to be submitted to:
The Golden Heart Award Committee
P. O. Box N-8189
Nassau, The Bahamas
Alternatively, submissions can be hand delivered to Grosham Property, EVES, Cable Beach. This is the office site for The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation.
The Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 16th, 2015.
For more information on The Annual Heart Ball or The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award please visit sassoonheartfoundation.org or call 327-0806.