For the fifth consecutive year and on the cusp of its tenth anniversary, LENO Group of Companies donated $10,000 this week to Colours Junkanoo Organization, representing the single largest annual donation to the group. The donation once again cemented Leno’s endorsement of the junkanoo group that has distinguished itself by its young performers, trying the cultural symbol of The Bahamas to the youth who will continue to carry it through future generations.
“Leno has been the lifeline for Colours’ entertainment in Junkanoo for some time now, and we are very appreciative of their generous contribution,” said Chris Justilien, accomplished musician and leader of Colours. Colours, known for its vibrant colour combinations, high energy and unique artistic abilities, typically stuns audiences when they step on Bay Street for the Junkanoo parade, drawing cheers from the crowd. The “B” Class Junkanoo group boasts 140 members, 80% of whom are high school students who receive strong support from section leaders in a safe, disciplined, yet creative environment designed to cultivate their artistic, musical and dance skills.
The authentically Bahamian group gained popularity through itscutting-edge use of a one-colour theme for costuming, and has won many prizes at the annual Junkanoo parades. Despite being a community organization, Colours is the only professionally- managed Junkanoo group with its own property and building premises purchased outright from donations and income from performances. “This speaks to the discipline, accountability and frugal financial management of the group’s leadership team,” said Justilien. Plans are underway to expand the group’s real estate assets to include a cultural village for visitors and locals alike to explore. Colours’ sound business acumen aligns with Leno’s vision as a financial services provider with over $800 million in assets under management. “We are very proud to support Colours Junkanoo group who have a great team of leaders committed to the advancement of young people and the preservation of indigenous
Bahamian culture through music and art,” said Leno Group of Companies founder and President, Sean K. Longley.
Over the past decade LENO has steadily grown and diversified its offerings to include a real estate company, brokerage, corporate and now trust services. Plans are underway to significantly expand the company’s real estate holdings and expand its presence in the Latin American and Asian markets.