Star Jones, Lance Gross, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Danny Glover, and Wendy Raquel Robinson. *Photo by Mikaela Ian Pearman
Star Jones, Lance Gross, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Danny Glover, and Wendy Raquel Robinson. *Photo by Mikaela Ian Pearman

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18: Bermudians were afforded the opportunity to mix and mingle with the stars at the Diamond and Caviar Gala on Saturday night.

The aim of event was to raise funds for the Syncairly Yours Foundation, a charity for uninsured mothers with premature babies.

The gala was the foundation’s first event and it was nothing but first class.

It was held at the Newstead Resort and Spa with the likes of TV personality Star Jones, actors Danny Glover and Lance Gross, actresses Wendy Raquel Robinson and Vanessa Bell Calloway, singers Melky Jean, Claudette King and Aaron Fresh and Nascar driver Mary Eve Dufault.

Premier Paula Cox, Sir Richard Gozney, Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert, Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier and Environment Minister Marc Bean were all at the cocktail reception at the start of the event but had to leave due to other engagements.

The night wasn’t all about celebrities, it was about the cause, raising money for mothers who desperately need help.

Most of the celebs spoke about the important cause.

Mr Glover thanked the organizers for creating the foundation specifically Emmanuel Smith, founder Molessia Joynes’ son.

“At 18 years old, to have the wisdom to help create an organization that’s specific to women with premature babies, that he made a decision at that young age, wouldn’t we like all our children to make a decision like that.

“It’s the young people, the energy and the patience come from the young people.

“I wish him and the foundation much success in the future.”

Mr Bean also spoke at the event and said: “I would like to thank you for participating in a cause that is at the highest level of moral compassion and that is at the point of the most important aspect of life and that’s premature birth.

“Birth is the most important focal point of life.”

Star Jones spoke about the importance of medical treatment as her friend had recently had a stroke, another friend, Ms Calloway was diagnosed with breast cancer and she herself had open-heart surgery.

“Three women of privilege with proper health care who are all black, fierce and fabulous with proper health care.”

Guests were treated to champagne alongside live music.

Following the cocktail reception, guests were ushered to the Beau Rivage Restaurant for a five-course wine paired dinner.

The first course was a foie gras terrine in brioche with Tattinger Brut.

The second course was a scallop and scampi mousse with Louis Jadot Mersault.

Following was a roasted boneless quail filled with wild mushrooms and complemented by A Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir.

The main course was an Angus beef wellington with truffle sauce.

The wine pairing was Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet.

Dessert was a chilled loquat soufflé scented with Stolichnaya vodka paired with Black Muscat dessert wine.

Jewellery was also modelled and there was an auction of a Gombey doll.