The Founding Chairman of the BVI Charitable Fund is Ajit Mathew George. The Former Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE had previously served as a co-chair from 2008 to the summer of 2010.
Over the past three years, the BVI Charitable Fund has now distributed $100,810.26 in checks to 9 different beneficiaries in the BVI as the net proceeds of the BVI Winemakers Dinners. Over the years the following checks were distributed by the BVI Charitable Fund:
-St. Mary's School, Virgin Gorda, $20,020.08
-BVI Red Cross, $20,020.08
-St. George's School, Tortola, $15,000
-BVI Sailability Program, $2,500
-BVI Special Olympics, $2,500
-YEP Program, Tortola, $25,520.10
-HLSCC Culinary Program, $5,000
-Virgin Gorda Charitable Company Ltd. Pool Project, $10,000
-Robinson O"Neal School, $250
The BVI Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation (BVI) Limited was initially established on Easter Monday, March 24, 2008 to create new and innovative fund-raising events to promote this destination to potential new visitors while at the same time benefitting various charities in the BVI by attracting support from both outside and within the British Virgin Islands.
The first fundraiser that the BVI Charitable Fund organized was the 2008 Winemakers Dinners plus a VIP Reception. This was held over nine consecutive days in Summer 2008 throughout the British Virgin Islands and attended by 608 people who came from such diverse locations as France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and United States in addition to the BVI. During the course of the 2008 Winemakers Dinners, the twelve visiting chefs from around the world with the assistance of four local chefs prepared 2,420 dishes serving 55 unique courses of gourmet meals that were paired with 888 bottles of fine wines poured by seven visiting winemakers from Germany and Italy. The beneficiaries of the net proceeds of the 2008 Winemakers Dinners were the BVI Red Cross, St. Mary’s School, Virgin Gorda and St. George’s School, Tortola.
In 2009, over 860 people in total attended the four dinners, seven luncheons and the VIP Reception between December 2nd and 6th which featured 74 separate courses of food, and 81 different wines that were paired with these courses. During the July series of the Winemakers Dinners, about 1,000 people in total attended the four dinners, seven luncheons and the VIP Reception, which featured 78 separate courses of food, and 87 different wines that were paired with these courses.
The BVI Charitable Fund’s Dream Vacations Collection features a diverse variety of homes and luxury hotel rooms throughout the BVI that were donated to raise funds from silent and live auctions conducted in partnership with various charities in the U.S. and U.K. To donate accommodations for your silent of live auction, please e-mail CoChair@bvicharitablefund.com.
For additional information on the BVI Charitable Fund, please contact Ajit Mathew George by e-mail at CoChair@bvicharitablefund.com.
Background on the Founding Chairman
Ajit Mathew George
Ajit Mathew George first came to the British Virgin Islands in December 1982. He was Managing Director of Nail Bay Resort in Virgin Gorda until December 2009. Ajit currently divides his time between Virgin Gorda, and Wilmington, Delaware.
Over the years, Ajit has volunteered thousands of hours to various charitable causes and non-profit organizations in both the United States and the BVI. Ajit’s other philanthropic interests in Virgin Gorda led to the development of the Computer Lab at St. Mary’s School in Virgin Gorda in 2002. He also chaired the 2nd Annual Jazz On The Hill Festival for St. Mary’s School, Virgin Gorda in 2007. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town, BVI. Ajit also served on the board of directors of the BVI Tourist Board.
In 1989 Ajit became the Founding Chairman of Meals On Wheels Delaware and launched in 1998 the highly successful Meals From The Masters Culinary Weekend (www.mealsfromthemasters.com). During the ten years that he chaired these major culinary events before he retired in 2007, this event raised more than $4.2 million for Meals On Wheels in Delaware.
In 2006 and 2007, Ajit served as Chairman of the American Red Cross Delmarva Chapter's highly successful “Black Tie Monopoly Tournament.” Together with his wife, Dr. Sarah Brown, Ajit created “An Evening Of Style” for YWCA Delaware and co-chaired this event in 2006 and 2007.
Over the years, Ajit has been recognized for his many philanthropic activities. He received the prestigious 2007 Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Service from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brandywine Chapter. Ajit also received from the Rotary Club of Tortola in 2006 the Paul Harris Award by Rotary International. In addition to being the recipient of the l994 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award in Delaware, Ajit was the recipient of the Jefferson Award in 2002 for his work with the YWCA and the Jefferson Award in 2003 for his work with Meals On Wheels. Ajit also received in 1999 the National Volunteer of the Year award from the Meals On Wheels Association of America.