Spring Tea Party promotes BCASCA’s goals


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The third annual Spring Tea Party on April 27 was held by the Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association (BCASCA).

SENIOR LIFE courtesy of BCASCA

Elegantly dressed women, accompanied by equally elegantly dressed men and children, donned their hats and gloves to attend the third annual Spring Tea Party hosted by BCASCA (The Brevard Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Association).

The gala was resplendent with the accoutrements of a traditional tea party popular in the British Caribbean countries before their independence. For example, scones, a variety of finger sandwiches, including the compulsory cucumber sandwich, and small cakes were served with tea. Several guests participated in the table decorating competition.

The event was held at Our Lady of Grace church on Malabar Road in Palm Bay. Proceeds will aid BCASCA’s building fund. The event is one of a number of social and cultural activities organized by BCASCA throughout the year.

According to Paul Edwards, BCASCA’s public relations director, “the organization was founded in 1987 by a group of Caribbean Americans, retirees from northeastern states — primarily New York — who relocated to the Palm Bay and Melbourne areas. The founders felt it was important to keep their Caribbean culture alive and an opportunity to be involved and help build their community.”

Although BCASCA is an organization that brings together Brevard County residents of Caribbean origin, membership is not exclusive to Caribbean Americans. All are welcome to join.

Through the years as the current 300-member organization evolved, its goals were expanded from promoting social, cultural and sporting activities in the community to encompassing a broader perspective.

That is, “to enhance its members’ interactions with other groups through education, community service and political engagement,” Edwards said. “We aim to keep our people integrated and to share and expose our culture to the wider community.”

The emphasis of the organization also has shifted from primarily meeting the needs of retirees to include younger people.

Financial aid for academic excellence is awarded each year to selected students within the organization. Outside the organization, BCASCA donates funds and/or school supplies to two local schools.

BCASCA’s future goal is to build its own development center in which it plans to hold a number of after-school classes which will be open to all residents of Palm Bay.

BCASCA is located at 2174 Harris Avenue in Palm Bay. For information, go to bcascafl.com.

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