NEW YORK – St. Lucia’s award-winning plantation resort in the old colonial town of Soufrière threw its support this week behind a gala celebrating its country’s independence.

The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort signed on as a sponsor of St. Lucia’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence Gala set for this Saturday, February 25 at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, New York.

“It’s a distinct honor to join the Saint Lucia Foundation, our nationals in New York, the government and the private sector to support our island’s independence celebrations,” said Mrs. Eroline Lamontagne, the resort’s co-owner.

Fond Doux joins industry partners, such as Bay Gardens Resorts and JetBlue Airways, in donating a 5-night stay in a one-bedroom cottage to the gala event which features the acclaimed musician Michael Aubertin and an awards presentation.

“St. Lucians at home owe a debt of gratitude to our nationals living abroad for honoring their homeland each day by championing issues of importance to our country,” she asserted, “by contributing to local charities, and by constantly promoting our fair isle to their friends and associates in America.”

The Independence Gala culminates New York activities celebrating St. Lucia’s 33rd anniversary of independence from Great Britain. The activities were organized by the Saint Lucia House Foundation, an umbrella group of St. Lucian organizations based in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in concert with the Saint Lucia Consulate General in New York.

St. Lucia gained its independence from Great Britain on February 22, 1979.

For further information, visit www.fonddouxestate.com.

About Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a 19th century eco-friendly colonial plantation nestled in the heart of Soufrière, Saint Lucia. The Green Globe-certified resort sits in a 250 year-old working plantation and features an assortment of 10 uniquely crafted cottages, two onsite restaurants and a collage of outdoor swimming pools. Fond Doux is conveniently located just minutes away from some of the island’s key attractions, including the Sulphur Springs – the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano. It is in the neighborhood of the world-renowned twin peaks, the Pitons, which offers the best diving sites on island – all within the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fond Doux provides guests with an evocative plantation experience, and they are encouraged to actively engage in the day-to-day running of the cocoa plantation, experiences enjoyed in 2008 by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The plantation adheres closely to the spirit of eco-building and cultural preservation. Rescued from demolition, Fond Doux maintains intricate French Colonial wooden buildings more than 100 years old. The buildings were painstakingly dismantled and transported to the estate, where they were lovingly restored as guest accommodations and today stand as monuments of the island’s rich colonial history. The Guardian Newspaper in the United Kingdom rated the organic estate and eco-resort as the number two Plantation Retreat in the world.

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