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SRAA Anniversary Gala

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About the Gala

We are delighted to extend a formal invitation to you to join us for an elegant evening of cocktails, food, fun, music, and dancing as we celebrate thirty years of unwavering support to our Alma Mater.

Our 30th-anniversary Gala will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2024, at the exquisite venue, Russo's on the Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414. The event will commence with cocktails at 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 9:00 p.m.

It is our pleasure to announce that all proceeds from this remarkable event will be dedicated to the Breakfast & Lunch Program at St. Rose's High School. Your presence and support will contribute significantly to the success of this charitable cause.

We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with you. Valet parking will be available to ensure your convenience. Please RSVP by August 28 to secure your place at this prestigious event.


This year we are proud to honor our loyal supporters Jonathan Locke and the Queens College Alumni Association of New York.


Thank you for your continued support, and we anticipate a memorable evening of celebration and philanthropy.

Fund Raising Committee


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Jonathan Locke


Jonathan Locke grew up in Georgetown Guyana. As a child, he honed his skills catching crabs and fish on the Kitty foreshore. He also created anything possible out of wood. like scooters and go karts. Through this process, he developed a love for working with wood and more over a profound love for Guyana. He attended The Bishops High School from 1975 to 1981. He then went on to pursue a career in woodworking. First by attending adult evening classes in England, and then the Leeds Design Workshop in Massachusetts, he also did a course at the renowned Parsons School of Design where he subsequently taught for ten years.

Mr. Locke is a highly regarded master craftsman, visionary, teacher and entrepreneur. and has won several awards for his work. Including two certificates of excellence from the American Institute of architects.

Mr. Locke has always been civic minded and will contribute to anything Guyanese. Either by serving on the committee for ‘Guyanese in the Diaspora’ or creating the highly prized stick man awards for the Guyana Cultural Association annual award ceremony. He would find time on his trips back to Guyana to do workshops with woodworkers there.

Mr. Locke has three children with his wife Brenda. Herself a St Joseph alumna to whom he has been married for over 40 years. He resides in the Bronx, New York.

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Queens College Alumni Association of New York


The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (New York), Inc., is a New York incorporated Not-For-Profit Corporation exempt from Federal Taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The Association, which was formed on August 21, 1991, exists to assist in the rehabilitation of the Queen’s College of Guyana. Our Association’s mission recognizes and supports our school’s motto, “Fidelis Ubique Utiles” (“Loyal and Useful Everywhere”). Our broad goal is to further the interests of our alma mater with a view of ensuring its continued high-level contribution to education in Guyana.


Specifically, our stated purposes are:
• To help assure the stability of Queen’s College which contributes to academic excellence in Guyana.

• To provide financial and other forms of material assistance to Queen’s College of Guyana.

• To associate with any non-profit organization involved in assisting Guyanese in Guyana and elsewhere.

• To formally associate with any other Queen’s College Old Students’ Association or any successor organizations.

To advance its purposes, the Association engages solely and exclusively in Charitable, Educational, Scientific and other non-profit activities which will ensure our continued role as a tax-exempt organization. All donations made to the Association are tax-deductible.

We meet monthly at the XGDF Association in Ozone Park, Queens and virtually via Zoom. Our commitment to the welfare of our alma mater, its faculty and student body has been consistently demonstrated over the years, by our donations which serve to enhance the faculty’s teaching and the students’ learning experiences. These donations are critical pillars of our support and focus in sustaining the school’s forward trajectory. Our donations include:

• Annual scholarships to students entering University of Guyana.

• An Annual Summer Math Institute for students at Queen’s College as well as other Guyanese high schools.

• Student conferences seeking to provide students with the soft skills to complement their academic curriculum.

• Donations to the School’s Music and Arts and Sports programs. 

• Donations to various clubs such as the Robotics club, Chess club, Hindu and Law Societies.

• Donations to students travelling abroad to represent the school in various Academic, leadership and sports programs.

The Association is led by an Executive body with the help of several committees. To fund our many programs, we depend on the generous donations of members, and various fundraisers. We can be contacted through our website at

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