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Tonight at SuperClubs Breezes, the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) will induct its Hall of Fame Class for 2011.
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., BBC Chairman Pat Strachan will lead the reception that will honor Open Inductee Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Veterans Inductee Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas.
Tonight's event is the second of the present commission's initiative to pay tribute to the icons of Bahamian boxing. In early 2009, the commission made a decision to begin the Hall of Fame program and in November of that year, with the full endorsement of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the first ceremony was held during the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons (CASI) week.
The first inductees were William 'Yama Bahama' Butler, Gomeo Brennan and Everette 'Elisha Obed' Ferguson. Yama Bahama and Brennen were the original international pioneers of Bahamian boxing and Obed was the first (and still only) fully recognized world champion. He won the World Boxing Council's (WBC) Junior Middleweight crown in 1975.
Brennan twice held the Commonwealth (British Empire) middleweight title, winning it the first time in 1963. Yama Bahama was the original Bahamian prime time sports star of television and radio. Tonight, officially their company will be expanded by two more.
Perigord is a former two-time heavyweight champion of The Bahamas and a New York State Golden Gloves silver medalist from 1968. Douglas is one of the more exciting Bahamian boxers who ever put on a pair of gloves.
For the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction, the commission decided to include a Veterans category. The decision was grounded in the need to acknowledge all of the high-level contributors and pacesetters of the sport from its beginning in the country. The political powers in the land enacted legislation during the decade of the 1990s to control professional boxing.
The present commission is going a bit outside of the box and expanding its functions with the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Commissioner Paul Moxey has been appointed Chief Statistician and has the mandate of the organization to work with a committee on a research effort it is hoped will eventually result in the listing of all of the champions of the past and present. The boxers from different eras will also be compiled. It's a tough task because no records were kept prior to the establishment of the Bahamas Boxing Commission Act.
However, this commission has undertaken the responsibility. It will take a quality job by the research committee to sustain the Hall of Fame program.
Tonight, the Boxing Hall of Fame spotlight will be on Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas. They will be the center of attraction one more time.
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Nassau, Bahamas - The annual Christmas tree lighting took place in Fox Hill on Sunday 5th
December. Each year the Fox Hill parade grounds are lit from stem to
stern. This year Jan Davis of the Village Convenience Store and Davis
Enterprises and her team used a green and yellow motif to light the
tree, which is supplied by Ken Perigord Enterprises.
The tree lighting
is organized by the Fox Hill Festival Committee headed by Maurice Tynes
and a team of Fox Hillians. They name the tree each year after a
prominent Fox Hillian. This year the tree was named in honour of
Funeral services for Charmaine Elizabeth McHardy, 45, of Faith Gardens, will be held on Saturday August 6th, 11 a.m. at Born Again Deliverance Ministry, Poinciana Arena, Bernard Road. Pastor Harry Dean and Minister Sharon Gibson will officiate; and on Wednesday August 10th, 1 p.m. at Palestine Baptist Church, Deadman's Cay, Long Island.
Funeral Service for the Late Monica Antoinette Thompson, 87 years of #4 Auster Lane, Stapledon Gardens and formerly of South Caicos, Turks Island will be held on Saturday October 15th, 10:00 a.m. at The Parish Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Trinity Way, Stapledon Gardens. Rev. Fr. R. Lindsey Fox assisted by Rev. Fr. John Kabiga, Rev. Fr. Mervyn Johnson and Rev. Richard Wood will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to mourn her are her 4 children: Kirkwood Thompson, Evarista Mitchell, Elliot Turhan Thompson and Bernard Thompson. Grand-children: Lamar, Rochelle and Marcia Thompson, Adrian, Andria, Audra, Anwar and Ari Mitchell, Elliott, Lisa Thompson-Pelacanos, Tia and Trevor Thompson, Anthony Thompson, Candace Thomas, Kendia, Keshandi, Nathalya, Krystara Thompson, Monique and Ricardo Farrington, Margo Lightbourne, Kayla Cumberbatch, Carlos Thompson, Erica Wallace and Aisha Gray. Her Sister: Flossie "Tiny" Seymour. Brother-In-Law: Canton Thompson. Sister-in-Law: Eulie Thompson. Daughters-in-Law: Gail Thompson and Bridgette Thompson. Nieces: Shirley Rodgers, Doreen Marche, Dolly Edgecombe, Rosemarie Thompson, Joan Thompson, Ulma Handfield, Val Bowe, Lillith Major, Elizabeth Cartwright, Shirley Farrington, Michelle Anderson, Jackie Pinder, Dorothy Butler, Amanda Thompson, Diana Bailliou, Loretta Culmer, Natalie Miller, Beverley Knowles, Eleanor Bethel, Julie Bethel, Gloria Miller. Nephews: Sherlin, Ronald, Wendy, Crispin, Clyde, Presley and Leslie Seymour; Landes, Rodney, Okell, Edison, Spence, Plato, Owitt, Louis, Glenville, Davis and Eugene Thompson and Paul Bethel. Numerous Great Grand-Children including: Charlene, Kirkwood Elliott, Lauren, Tattiana, Keira and Kaden Thompson, Savannah Thomas; Shannon, Dario, Danielle and Raché Perigord, Dario and Brittney Thompson and Aiden Mitchell. Numerous other relatives and friends including: Olive Thompson, Bernice Adderley and family, Winston and Sandra Knight, Doris Fitzgerald, Rev. Dr. Howard and Gertrude Mills and family, Lisa Knowles, Yvette Romain, Dale Morales , Dywan and Aruna Rodgers, Dr. Dane Bowe and Dr. Colleen Fitzcharles, Darron and Cindy Bowe, Barry Seymour, Roy Rogers, André Mitchell, Jessica Thomley, Tamar Mitchell, Fabienne Brown, Gizelle and Robert "Chip" Bailey, Gloria Seymour and family, Alex Thompson, The Munnings Family, Anthony and Beverly Allen, Dein Bailey, Betty Bethel and family, Maude Weech and family, Jenzy Bethel and family, The Ellis family, The Seymour family, her Holy Trinity family including Mrs. Melverna Wong and Mrs. Vernell Moss, Father and Mrs. Etienne Bowleg, The Ewing family, The Malcolm family, The Stovell family, Dorothy Godet and family, The Quant family, The Godet family, The Bean family, The Rolle family, The Brown family, The Wang family, The Stubbs family, Pat Rattan, Marguerite Musgrove, Inez Russell and family, Deborah Thompson, Anthony and Elva Rolle and family, Pinky Hanna, Canon Delano Archer and family, Lou Adams and family The Right Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie and many others too numerous to mention. Special thanks to: Anaelle Auguste, Dr. Gertrude Holder, Dr. Egreta Eneas-Carey, Nurse Phillipa Armbrister, Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. John Neely, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. William Chea and, the nurses and staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Female Medical Ward I
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, # 44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.