KeLeHa projects launches cancer awareness event

POSTED: 07/30/13 11:07 AM

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From left Mecca Moore, Samantha “Sammy B” Black, model Diandra Forrest, photographer Sameer Khan, Keoma Hamer, O.J. Williams and Trevor Pretty. Photo contributed.

St. Maarten – KeLeHa Projects, a non-profit foundation aimed at raising cervical cancer awareness, will be hosting a fundraising event on September 22nd, said founder Keoma Hamer over the weekend. It’s called “Black and Gold” and will feature a high end fashion show and special guest appearances by Grammy winning performers.

All proceeds from the event will go toward KeLeHa Projects “to maintain its ongoing support and counsel groups and cancer patients in general,” Hamer said. “We are already in talks with other cancer organizations in the states.”

Hamer has organized an international team of fashion and music industry insiders to help coordinate and produce the show. They were recently on the island to scout out the perfect venue for “Black and Gold” in September. They kicked off the build up to the event with a reception at Tantra nightclub in Maho last Friday.

Helping to organize the fashion show is Trevor Pretty of Barbados, a writer, director and professional choreographer. “It will be a high octane music and fashion show,” Pretty declared.

Also part of the team is Mecca Moore, a New York based publicist and founder of Pynk magazine who wants to “help bring awareness” to the cause through her publication.

Samantha Black of season 11’s Project Runway and professional photographer Sameer Khan of India are team members as well.

Kamer is hoping on local businesses to step up and sponsor the event. “We are creating a campaign heading up to the event. We’re looking to gain more support from the local business community and government,” she said. “We’re receiving international support. All we need is local support.” She is hoping for more business sponsorship. For example, car rental companies to provide cars for the performing and visiting artists.

“It’s great exposure for St. Maarten, since many of the artists and performers have never been here before,” Hamer capped off.

The group leaves Wednesday, but will return again shortly to finalize the production and organization of the event.


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