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TRUE COLORS: Palm Beach Jet Set Goes All Out For Virgin Islands Fundraiser … It’s For The British and They Get $40K

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A fundraiser last week in Florida brought in some big money for hurricane relief in the British Virgin Islands.

The Thursday event was co-hosted by Palm Beach Travel, the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, Lamborghini and The Moorings.

At least 50 guests packed the International Polo Club Palm Beach and raised $40,000 to help recovery efforts.

The islands were hit hard by hurricanes Irma and Maria, with the one-two punch of the storms putting a massive dent in the tourism industry. Travel to the British Virgin Islands is the primary source of income for many of the islands’ residents, according to a government website.

The Virgin Islands Free Press reported in early October that that 8,300 residents were displaced by Hurricane Irma.

“It was thanks to the generosity of our amazing partners, Lamborghini, Eithad Airways and those in attendance that we are able to help those on the islands get back on their feet so they can continue to thrive,” Palm Beach Travel president Annie Davis said in a news release.

Money will go to the British Virgin Islands Recovery Fund. For more information or to make a donation, go to or


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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