VI Youth Ensemble

Press Release For Immediate Release, March 10, 2015: The VI Lottery in partnership with Dion Parson and Untied Jazz Foundation presented Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALC) on March 4, 2015 at the Reichhold Center for the Performing Arts on St. Thomas.

On February 28, 2015 the VI Lottery also made possible Dion Parson’s Mentoring through the Arts of Music: Live coverage of the event at Fort Frederick, on St.Croix.

“We could not be more thrilled to invest in music education programs that transform and empower our Virgin Islands musical students” stated Juan Figueroa, Sr., Executive Director Designee.

The Virgin Islands Lottery has been a major sponsor of the Dion Parson & United Jazz Foundation “Mentoring through the Arts” since its inception in 2009. The components of the program consist of:

  1. Workshops and Master Classes
  2. Summer School Program
  3. Formation of the VI Youth Ensemble and
  4. Community recital concerts.

Some members of the VI Youth Ensemble Mentoring Through the Arts Of Music Alumni: Tariq Lionel, St. Croix Central High School (Piano), Joash Lake, Charlotte Amalie High School (Tenor Saxophone), and Sherwin Williams, Eudora Kean High School (Alto Saxphone) -- all expressed that the program provided them with invaluable skills, discipline, encouragement, interaction with renowned artists, and opportunities for advancing their musical careers, explained Mabel J. Maduro, VI Lottery’s Educational Outreach Manger.

The VI Lottery is one of the leading revenue producers for the territory’s treasury and believes in result oriented and responsible investment in local programs that make a difference in our Virgin Islands Community.


Juan Figueroa, Sr.
Executive Director Designee
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VI Lottery - Proud Sponsor

VI Lottery Continues to Support UVI Summer Music Camp

VI Lottery provided a $20,000 grant which covered three (3) full scholarships, supplies, transportation, and theater to deserving students to attend the 2017 UVI Summer Band Camp. A total of 13 students participated from both public and private schools in the summer camp.

"Since 2009 we have supported this program because music has the power to transform and increase our young people's interest in learning.”
— Mr. Juan Figueroa, Sr., Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Lottery.



VI Lottery Supports the Promotion of the Virgin Islands Rich Cultural Heritage

Click on the video link above to watch a short documentary on the 2017 Opi'a Taino 65th Carnival Celebration.

"We realize the importance of educating our community about the indigenous peoples of the Virgin Islands,” for
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." –– Marcus Garvey
–– Mabel J. Maduro, Educational Outreach Manager


Click here to read the Proclamation of August 9, 2017 as the International Day for the World's Indigenous People, by the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands



VI Lottery Contributes to the Health & Public Welfare of the Community

VI Lottery Contributes to the Health & Public Welfare of the Community by Sponsoring the 2017 Healthy Encores Life Style Festival.

Healthy Encores Caribbean Inc. is a non-profit organization established to improve the health status of the citizens of the U.S. Virgin Islands by ensuring the dissemination of quality health care information and resources in order to eradicate healthcare disparities.

"We believe a community is measured by the healthcare assessment and resources made available to all.”
– Mabel J. Maduro, Educational Outreach Manager

"On behalf of Healthy Encores staff and volunteers, words are not adequate to express our sincere appreciation for V.I. Lottery’s sponsorship and generous support of the 2017 Annual Healthy Encores Health Fair and Health Awareness weekend in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Your financial support helps us continue in our mission and assist those in the community.

Your continued support and contribution over the past six years is the cornerstone of the event. We could not serve the hundreds of individuals each year without your funding. Since the health fair inception 10 years ago, we have impacted the lives of over one thousand people throughout the Virgin Islands. We understand that you can choose to invest your resources anywhere and we are grateful to have Healthy Encores on your list of supported non-profit organizations. We look forward to serving together for many years to come.

The intent of Healthy Encores, a non-profit organization, is to provide on-going health information, awareness and advocacy initiatives that focus on reducing health disparities. While Healthy Encores spotlights diabetes awareness, management and prevention, it also addresses other health disparities.

We are proud of the great strides made and hope you will remain committed to working with us to support the community and health throughout the Virgin Islands. The generous support of individuals and corporations like yours makes it possible for our organization to exist and to make the community a great place to live.

Thank you again for your support!”
– Lorraine Milliner, President and Founder, Healthy Encores, Inc.



VI Lottery Supports Youth in the Martial Arts

The two-day tournament was held June 30 to July 1, 2017 at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, with over 2,500 registered competitors from Jamaica, Brazil, Florida, South Africa, New York, Germany, Puerto Rico, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Florida, Yugoslavia and China just to name a few.

The students performed exceptionally well.

"They displayed the Bushido of the martial arts. Many grandmasters commended them on their discipline, outstanding skills and sportsmanship. They competed and won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the various forms.”
– Professor Louis A. Jackson, International Martial Arts Academy (PJIMAA)

"We are pleased to ensure our young people receive training and exposure that will instill core values and discipline needed to compete successfully in today's global market.”
– Mr. Juan Figueroa, Virgin Islands Lottery Executive Director



VI Lottery Supports Women in Batik for Pleasure and Profit Project

Twelve women in the VI community preserve the "Art of Batik" through a program provided by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of the Virgin Islands and supported by the VI Lottery.

"It is important to contribute to business development initiatives that empower and advance entrepreneurship in the territory.”
– Mabel J. Maduro, VI Lottery Educational Outreach Manager



VI Lottery Supports Nite Cap Media Interactive Talk Show for VI Students

Julius Jackson is a professional boxer from the Virgin Islands who qualified for the 2008 Olympics at light-heavyweight. He speaks with the students from VI public and private schools one-on-one about education, life, and preparing for success.

Click on the video link above to watch the video trailer from the NiteCap show.



VI Lottery Supports Youth Steel Orchestra

VI Lottery Supports Youth Steel Orchestra

The 22nd Annual Finest Pan Fest was held in December 2016. The presentation highlighted musical talents of students from all St. Croix schools, church and community after school programs. An audience in excess of eight hundred (800) persons joined and attended the Finest Pan Fest, to begin the official opening of the Cruzan Christmas celebration.


2nd Annual VI Food Learn and VI Green Carpet Award Ceremony

VI Lottery Sponsors 2nd Annual VI Food Learn and VI Green Carpet Award Ceremony

The VI Lottery believes "youth educators and community stakeholders should be exposed to the concepts of food policy, food aggregation and solutions to getting local food on Virgin Islanders' plates" as stated by Sommer Sibilly Brown, Program Manager.

This program ties in with the Honorable Governor Kenneth E. Mapp's initiative "Farm to School Program”.

"The education and health benefits have positive short and long term outcomes.”
– Juan Figueroa, Sr, Executive Director of the VI Lottery


Watch the Centennial Celebration: This is Your Life Series Documentary

VI Lottery is a proud sponsor of a documentary which celebrates VI history, culture, art forms, and politics as a lead-in to the Centennial Commemoration. The documentary creates an awareness of the contributions of Virgin Islanders. In this documentary, Ms. Betina LaRocque interviews Kevre Hendricks, Manager of Fusion Band. The series is produced by Abdul Ali.



Three Kings Day Gift Giving 2017

VI Lottery supported the Three Kings Day Gift Giving Event on January 15, 2017 at Pedro "Pei" Cruz Ball Park, an annual event hosted by the Estate Profit for Action, a non-profit organization.

"This annual event plays an important role in ensuring that families experiencing hardship are able to have gifts for their children during the holiday season.”
– Mabel J. Maduro, Educational Outreach Manager, VI Lottery


Queen Louise Home for Children

The VI Lottery believes in improving the quality of life for all, especially our Virgin Islands children.

"Our contribution to the Queen Louise Home for Children supports children that are in foster care and young adults with severe developmental and physical disabilities. We believe in strengthening the community by ensuring proper care and opportunities are granted to our most vulnerable children.”
– Juan Figueroa, Sr., Executive Director, VI Lottery


Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico Village Opening Ceremony 2016

On behalf of Mr. Juan Figueroa, Sr., Executive Director of the VI Lottery, Mabel J. Maduro, Educational Outreach Manager delivered the following remarks:

Mabel J. Maduro, VI Lottery Educational Outreach Manager“The VI Lottery is honored to be a sponsor of the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico Friendship Festival: The New Generation Continuing the Tradition. We have been an avid supporter of this significant cultural and educational event since 2013 and strongly feel that it is an invaluable opportunity to continue building on the rich cultural and economic exchange that the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have maintained for so many years.

VI Lottery believes in Making a Difference by contributing to initiatives that educate, advance economic development and strengthen the Health and Public Welfare of our community. We are optimistic that the series of events to take place over the next few days will ensure The New Generation Continuing the Tradition will always value the rich and mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico."

– Mabel J. Maduro, Educational Outreach Manager, VI Lottery


VI Lottery Supports St. Thomas Baseball Explorers 2016 Tournament Season

VI Lottery proudly supported VI youth baseball players from both St. Thomas and St. Croix, ages 9- 14. They participated in season tournaments held in St. Croix, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida." We are happy to assist our youth in enhancing their skills and becoming Virgin Islands Ambassadors, stated Mr. Juan Figueroa, Sr., Executive Director of VI Lottery.

The VI Lottery supports programs in accord with its "Make A Difference Pillars: Education, Economic and Business Development and Health and Public Welfare"; which helps organizations that make a positive impact towards a better quality of life for people of the Virgin Islands.

–Mabel J. Maduro
Educational Outreach Manager


VI Lottery Investing In Our VI Youth Athletes

St. Croix Track Club is Victorious in Tampa!

On May 28th, and 29th, 2016 the St. Croix Track Club (STXTC) attended the 25th Bay Area Youth Track & Field (BayTaf) Classic in Tampa, FL at the University of South Florida facility.

The event hosts over 1,500 athletes in three group categories. STXTC accumulated 253 points with 16 athletes to win Group 3 over Impact Athletes from Atlanta, Georgia with 150 points. There were three group categories. Group 1 were teams with over 39 athletes. Group 2 were teams with 21-39 athletes, and Group 3 were teams with 20 or less athletes. In addition, Malique Smith, who just completed his freshman year at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, earned the Most Valuable Athlete award for placing 1st in the 800m and 400m in 1:54.78 and 49.03 respectively.

VI Lottery is a proud sponsor of our athletes and their outstanding performances. For complete results, please visit: BayTaf Classic Results.


VI Lottery Joins in Inspiring Our Youth

Peter Bailey Brings Hip Hop Star Stalley to the St.Croix Educational Complex For NiteCapy Live taping. "Junior and Seniors from Complex and Central high schools were part of the audience and participated in the introspective discussion about achieving and maintaining success. Connecting with the youth and help to inspire them to greatness,” said Stalley, who is signed to mega-star Rick Ross Maybach Music Group.

Peter Bailey, the organizer of this event, is an alumna of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, a nationally recognized Miami-based author and journalist.

Watch the video trailer on YouTube


VI Lottery Supports VI Children in Chess Tournament

The 5th Edition of the CARIFTA Chess Championship was held at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort over the Easter Weekend. Teams from Aruba Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname played alongside USVI children under 12, 16 and 20. Hazel Acosta, a local USVI Player, won 1st place in the Under 18 category. The tournament was a huge success for the island, the USVI Chess Federation and all the children involved.