The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) hosted it’s 14th annual event focused on raising funds to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers last Saturday at the Meyer Levin Intermediate School 285, on Ralph Avenue and Beverley Road in Brooklyn, New York.

Members of the UVCGB performed several folk songs and speeches, including “Keep We Culture Alive,” “SVG Diaspora,” “Green Peas Soup,” “Fish Fuh So” and “Plenty Wuk Fuh School Pickney.” The latter was written by Olsen Peters, a cultural icon in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who passed away earlier this year. A moment of silence was observed for Peters, and UVCGB president Dr. Roxie Irish paid a brief tribute to him. Vincentian philanthropist Georgietha “Aunty G” Nanton sang against the use of drugs, and the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GIPSVG) danced quadrille but the highlight of the event was a skit, “Comess fuh So,” written by UVCGB’s songwriter and choreographer Randolph “Randy” Liverpool.

Founded in 2003 by its president, Dr. Irish, a former national netball star in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a Born-Again Christian, UVCGB, has, over the years, used funds raised at concerts and other activities, to assist clinics and hospitals in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with medical supplies. Among other UVCGB goals is the promotion of Vincentian culture in North America and other places through folk songs, chorale speeches, skits, storytelling, plays, poems and dances.