PHILIPSBURG:---Utility provider GEBE and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) have partnered for Carnival 2017 to specifically highlight SCDF’s Culture Night and culture in general throughout Carnival. The two entities are no strangers, having partnered for well over three decades in various forms.
SCDF President Alston Lourens accepted GEBE’s contribution towards Carnival 2017 on Thursday from the company’s Chief Operations Office Veronica Jansen-Webster and the Chief Financial Officer Iris Arrindell.
Lourens expressed thanks on behalf of the board and volunteers of the SCDF and noted that it’s a perfect fit for GEBE to support Culture Night as it will feature the various national groups that make up St. Maarten and who GEBE serves.
“GEBE has stood with Carnival longer than any of the current members of the foundation has been part of the foundation. We look forward to their key partnership every year in order to make Carnival and specific events possible. This year we are especially excited about Culture Night, which also features our Village Cook-Up. It is a local event that we hope our people will support in droves and one which we know GEBE will be proud to be associated with,” Lourens said.
The management board stated that “GEBE is proud to be sponsoring the first show of the Carnival season in Carnival Village. They added that GEBE is committed to playing its part of its corporate responsibility towards the development of tourism, arts and culture in St. Maarten.”