Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

UPDATED! to add photo from Art. Culture. Antigua (www.artcultureantigua.com)

“Did You Know?  With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally “love of mankind”. Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don’t personally know. Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.” – Merriam-Webster
This page is our acknowledgment and thanks of our philanthropists right here in Antigua and Barbuda, and its diaspora, who continue to show their love during the season of giving which always precedes the Wadadli Pen Challenge season (which launches in January) by pledging to support our efforts. At Wadadli Pen, when it comes to our annual Challenge, we’ve always operated by the principle that likkle likkle full basket and with each gift we are able to put together packages to reward, inspire, encourage, educate, and celebrate the young creatives who dare every year.

There’s still time for you, with gifts medium, big, or small to be added to the 2017 list of Wadadli Pen philanthropists. Just email us at wadadlipen@gmail.com

The List of Wadadli Pen Patrons of 2017 so far includes…

Anonymous – Thanks to the patron who has been one of our bigger and more consistent donors since 2012 but who wishes to remain anonymous. This donor’s gift includes EC$500 to the prize package and a contribution to a workshop activity after the 2017 Challenge cycle.


Art. Culture. Antigua – the online arts platform founded by former Wadadli Pen judge, and Antiguan-Barbudan artist and arts activist Linisa George has made an EC$300 cash/kind commitment to the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and we are happy and thankful to welcome them on board. Check the link for their coverage of the local arts scene.

The Best of Books – This bookstore has been a Wadadli Pen donor since 2004 and has been hosting the Wadadli Pen awards ceremony since 2011. It contributes books, lends support in innumerable other ways, and is also sponsor of the annual Challenge plaque.

The Cushion Club of Antigua and Barbuda – This is a kids’ reading club with which I volunteered for many years and which over the years has been a part of the Wadadli Pen family through a commitment to provide a gift (usually gift certificates for books) to winners. This year once again, the Cushion Club, honours that pledge.

ECAB – This will be the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank’s first time as a Wadadli Pen Patron. Welcome! They’ve pledged EC$500 towards sponsorship of the prize for the school with the most submissions which is our way of encouraging the schools to get on board with Wadadli Pen, and rewarding and supporting the work they do 365. We thank ECAB for volunteering to support our efforts in that regard.

Frank B. Armstrong through the Seven Seas brand 12-and-younger-2Frank B. Armstrong has been with Wadadli Pen since 2011. They have been very generous contributing EC$500 each year plus additional gifts in the way of promotional paraphernalia; and we are happy to have them on board once again.

Jane Seagull – Artist Jane Seagull has contributed a personalized journal (what every writer needs) to Wadadli Pen since 2013.

Joanne C. Hillhouse – founder-and-coordinator of Wadadli Pen since 2004, Hillhouse has contributed copies of her books (The Boy from Willow Bend to Musical Youth, and possibly this season new picture book With Grace) through the years; this year, in keeping with Wadadli Pen’s development goals, she’ll contribute a one-on-one coaching session (part of her suite of freelance services).

Paperclips – Paperclips is a provider of office, school, art supplies, and more. Last year, they discounted Wadadli Pen on the pen that we typically gift to the winner as a practical tool and symbolic keepsake. This year they are sponsoring this gift.

Raw Island Products – Raw Island Products is an Antiguan based company that uses local natural resources that may help to improve your health the right way!raw-island-products They have been gifting a basket or bag of goodies to a Wadadli Pen winner for the past several years. We are happy to have them on board yet again.

Sweet Dreams


Cake designed and made by Danielle George-John of Sweet Dreams.

Owned by cake artist Danielle George-John, this company first contributed to Wadadli Pen in 2014.

Juneth Webson


Juneth Webson delivering her gifts to Wadadli Pen 2016.

This New York-based businesswoman has been giving back to her home country (Antigua and Barbuda) via Wadadli Pen since 2014.

Ongoing thanks to Antiguanice.com for helping Wadadli Pen maintain an online presence year round by sponsoring the Wadadli Pen page on its website.

For more details of Wadadli Pen 2017, go here; for more about the history of Wadadli Pen, go here.


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One response to “Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

  1. Reblogged this on Wadadli Pen and commented:

    Wanted to take a minute to bump this up, because we couldn’t do anything we do without the support of our patrons. So we want to say thank you and encourage you to support the individuals and businesses that support the arts. And, yes, there’s still time to get on board if you are an individual or business wishing to support the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Season. Just email us at wadadlipen@gmail.com

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