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Over $800K to help affected employees of BEYC

- residents, visitors & employees are excited for the reopening of BEYC
February 7th, 2018 | Tags: Bitter End Yacht Club recovery donations employees
Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) following the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: Facebook
Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) on Virgin Gorda is temporarily closed following the September 2017 hurricanes. Photo: Facebook
Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) on Virgin Gorda is temporarily closed following the September 2017 hurricanes. Photo: Facebook
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI– The Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) on Virgin Gorda (VG) raised over $800,000 to help over 100 affected employees and to lend support to the VG community with their recovery.

Bitter End Yacht Club, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma last year, September 2017, was forced to close but plans to make a comeback with the announcement of the new reopening date in a few months.

Operating Owner, Richard Hopkin commented on their Facebook page that Bitter End will be temporarily closed but the hurricane can never take away their “spirit”.

He said, “That spirit is a part of every one of us, past and present, who have experienced this special place. My family and I are committed to ensuring that Bitter End’s legacy continues on.”

The ownership and team have been passionately involved in relief efforts to support their employees and the recovery of the territory on a whole.

“Their immediate focus has been on fundraising to support the recovery, with $800,000 raised to date. This effort has been overwhelmingly supported by individual donations from Bitter End’s impassionate guests and a community of kindred spirits across the maritime and travel sectors,” according to BEYC.

The statement continued, “100 percent of the funds are being directed to the Virgin Gorda community, focused on healthcare and education, in addition to direct aid to Bitter End’s 178 employees who were employed at the time of the storm.”

Bitter End plans to restore their hotel bigger and better and back to the “iconic Caribbean destination it has always been for the past fifty years”.

Exciting feedback for reopening of BEYC

Responding to Bitter End Yacht Club’s great news since the hurricane, workers and visitor were filled with joy that they plan to reopen bigger and better than before.

Becky C. Whorton, a visitor to the club said, “it is nice to see how this company first concern is with the community first and their business second.”

“Wonderful news. We have been wondering about one of our special places to visit,” said another visitor, Jennifer J. Dalgarno.

Speaking with Pamela B. Smith, a resident of Virgin Gorda, she stated that she is excited that the BEYC will be reopening because it was a place where she was able to meet a lot of persons and a place just to go and relax.

8 Responses to “Over $800K to help affected employees of BEYC”

  • TC emp (07/02/2018, 17:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope these folks do not take the money and run, as other resort property owners have. Guests often only see the good and the friendlyness of a resort, for a short vacation and then feel sympathy that can be used in a con operation when disaster like this hits. The owners I speak of are having a ball in the USA and will never return while those of us left behind have no money to deal with the mess.
  • qc (07/02/2018, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    still not enough deman
  • Curious (07/02/2018, 19:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    But vino, I’m surprised no one has said anything yet. It’s great that BEYC raised money to help the staff and the vg community. seems they must have used the money to pay the staff their “severance” pay. “Severance pay” is different to “assisting” staff. How can they get away with that? Staff who have done more than 20 years getting less than $6,000 which is stated to be their redundancy. Is that how they value loyalty? Where is the rest of the money and where is their actual “severance” pay?
  • Mark (07/02/2018, 20:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those staff was not treated good by the owners of BEYC. They have alot of loyal employees some with over 30yrs working there and they treat them like they are nothing. More than 60% or more of that fund should go directly to the staff but they already start claiming they giving to the community,lets wait and see.
  • 911 (07/02/2018, 21:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who gets the money? And why? Just asking.
  • Closer to home (07/02/2018, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the Prospect Reef staff??
  • wize up (08/02/2018, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    just question(did any of the trust companies donated any funds towards the redevelopment)

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