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Vegas-style party to raise money for new treatment centre

Partygoers can enjoy a Las Vegas-themed event on a private island to raise money for the transformation of a former church rectory into a residential treatment centre.

Habitat for Humanity of Bermuda is to renovate a building in Sandys so that it can be used to help people with long-term mental health conditions.

Sheelagh Cooper, the charity’s chairwoman, said: “The event is called Vegas in the Vaults.

“The adventure starts with a boat ride to a private island, where guests will dance the night away while they enjoy food and wines from four parts of the world, all while trying their luck at the tables.”

Proceeds from the event will support work to revitalise the former St James Church rectory, which is to become a purpose-designed residential treatment centre for long-term psychiatric patients in the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Habitat has developed the project in partnership with the Anglican Church of Bermuda and MWI.

Ms Cooper said: “The ultimate goal of the programme is to empty out MWI and move Bermuda into the 21st century in terms of psychiatric care, with smaller, more therapeutic residential treatment homes.

“The project is expected to cost between $500,000 and $600,000 but Habitat — because of its partnership with local suppliers, and the use of lots of volunteers — expects to keep costs to a minimum, and is striving for another under-budget project as achieved with the recently completed Transformational Living Centre.”

Vegas in the Vaults will be held on May 20, with more information and tickets on sale for $500 at www.habitat.bm/news-events.

The price includes boat transport, a cocktail reception with entertainment by Jesse Seymour, a host bar, casino table games and dancing, besides food and wine from around the world.

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Published April 25, 2023 at 2:56 pm (Updated April 25, 2023 at 2:56 pm)

Vegas-style party to raise money for new treatment centre

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