(Portsmouth, September 18th 2014) The renovation and re-equipping of the Portsmouth Hospital Emergency Room is closer to becoming a reality following the successful staging of Sweet Jazz at the Ross University Annex in Picard last weekend.

The fundraiser, organized by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ross University and the Portsmouth Hospital, raised in excess of EC$70,000. This project, which will improve the quality of care for all persons needing emergency services in the Northern Health District, is one of many projects being coordinated by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.

The evening of Sweet Jazz was filled with great entertainment from Michelle Henderson & The Band, Breve, 8th Note Jazz Band, DJ Rae and B-Free Crew as well as exciting giveaways.

Morrison Azille, President of the Club, thanked all those who attended the event for making it a resounding success. "This was our first event of this nature and we are extremely grateful for the tremendous support that we received from those who partnered with us, purchased tickets and sponsored the event through donations in cash or kind. With their assistance we will be able to continue the Rotary Club tradition in Dominica of providing infrastructure support for the health sector and, based on feedback, the event could very well become an annual one," stated Azille.

The sponsors included: Diamond sponsor - Ross University School of Medicine, Platinum sponsors - E.H. Charles & Co. Ltd. and DOMLEC, Gold sensors - Kootney Resorts, Scotia Bank, Pic N' Go and Lime, and Silver sponsors - Avies Ville, Jays, Tomato, Fort Young, Cobra Tours, Bullseye Pharmacy, J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd., National Bank of Dominica, Abolo Technologies and EMS. The Rotary Club of Portsmouth also wishes to acknowledge a very special donation received from the Armour Family: Armour West Indies Ltd, Mrs. Janice Armour & Family and Mr. Reginald F. Armour & Family.

Significant progress has already been made in terms of coordinating the redesign effort and engaging potential contractors. The project will begin before the end of the year and be completed no later than July, 2015.

The Portsmouth Rotary Club's aim is to provide community service in areas like health care, education, environmental awareness and community tourism. Weekly meetings of the club are held every Thursday at 5.30pm at Riverside Restaurant in Picard. The club looks forward to welcoming prospective members