The eagerly awaited and effectively planned 19th Annual Benedictine Night took centre stage on April 17, 2010 at the Metropolitan Centre.
The annual rendezvous was attended by members and their coterie of guests numbering nearly 300 a record to enthuse about in the annals of the Association since its inauguration in 1990.
Old Ben stalwart Brian Fethman and his popular Band “Think Red” set the tempo with a medley of music which witnessed a spontaneous turnout on the Dance floor. In the welcome address that followed Lucian Alles extended a very warm welcome to members and guests and wished them an evening of superlative entertainment in an aura of bonhomie and camaraderie synonymous with Benedictine Night around the globe. He made a special reference to the Guest of Honour Eric Motha, President and his son Eugene a live wire of the OBA in BC. The address was followed by the singing of the College anthem by the Benedictines with a sense of innate pride.
In addition to the Band, DJ Anto Alles maintained the lively pace through the fleeting hours. A notable feature was the special guest performance by Paddy Alvis which was well received.
The hours slid by with an appreciable number of revellers on the Dance floor relishing the variety of music and keeping alive the spirit of the occasion. The guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner supplemented by complimentary wine in accepted traditions. The dancing was interspersed with competitions and the ticket draw adding more lustre to the festive atmosphere.
In his acknowledgment Lucian Alles expressed his sincere appreciation and applauded the team spirit and combined efforts of the Dance committee ably headed by the Chairman Doyne Ramanaden in organizing the Dance on such an unprecedented scale. It was also a redeeming feature that in the award of the gigantic raffle prizes, past Presidents of the Alumni Association and outstanding sportsmen Annesley Xavier, Maurice Joseph and Jeff Lovendhal were accorded due recognition. He also paid tribute to the guests who were alumni of several schools and thanked them for their presence in a bond of solidarity with the Benedictines.
The efforts of Terrence Antony, Mervyn Doss, Maurice Joseph, Annesley Xavier and other committee members in the record sale of tickets and harnessing a vast array of advertisements for the bumper Souvenir received well merited accolades.
Tyrone Pulle the emcee for the evening deserves a paean of praise for accomplishing his task with finesse and keeping alive the spirit of the Dance throughout its entire duration. The photographic coverage of the Dance was capably handled by Nagendran Meiyappan.
It was the unanimous verdict of the members and guests that the unparallelled success of Benedictine Night 2010 could be attributed to the personal charisma and proven leadership coupled with unswerving dedication evinced by the President Lucian Alles unflinchingly assisted by Social Secretary Doyne Ramanaden, the committee and their supportive spouses.
Verily it was a ‘Nite’ to remember and reminisce down memory lane.