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jamaica independence foundation, inc WELCOMES YOU! [212] 599-1151

jamaica independence foundation, inc WELCOMES YOU! [212] 599-1151

jamaica independence foundation, inc WELCOMES YOU! [212] 599-1151 jamaica independence foundation, inc WELCOMES YOU! [212] 599-1151 jamaica independence foundation, inc WELCOMES YOU! [212] 599-1151

independence ball postponed to august 7, 2021

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals. Your generous donation will continue to fund our mission.  Get your early bird tickets now while supplies last. 

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UNDER THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAMAICA IN NEW YORK, THE OFFICIAL ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE BALL  RETURNS ON ~AUGUST 7, 2021~


1962-2020!  58 years of hard work,  achievements and excelling notably in sports, music, tourism, agriculture, and fashion. Come join us as we celebrate  Jamaica's independence with family and  friends!

 

COME CELEBRATE WITH US @ THE ROYAL ELITE PALACE

HEAR YE' HEAR YE' THE BALL IS BACK! 

PAST HONOREES

Most Hon. Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP

Prime Minister of Jamaica

Recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award


Most Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, PC

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica

Recipient of the Nation Builder Award at Jamaica Independence 55 in 2017


**In Loving Memory of our beloved Former Prime Minister

The Right Honorable Mr. Edward Philip George Seaga ON, PC .  He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.

Born: May 28, 1930, Boston, MA    |  Died: May 28, 2019, Miami, FL

Buried: June 23, 2019, National Heroes Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Children: Christopher Seaga, Gabrielle Seaga, Anabella Seaga, Andrew Seaga

Spouse: Carla Vendryes (m. 1996–2019), Mitsy Seaga (m. 1965–1995)


Mr. Patrick A. Ewing

Head Coach, Georgetown University

Hall of Fame Basketball Player, NBA New York Knicks 

Recipient of the Son of the Soil Legacy Award

About Us

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WE ARE THE FACE OF MANY, BUT WE ARE ONE! WE ARE THE IMAGE OF EXCELLENCE!

 The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. (JIFINYC) is 501(c) (3) accredited; established primarily to manage the annual celebratory activities for Jamaica’s independence in the Northeast region of the United States.  Proceeds raised  will support the following charities:

  • Jamaica 58 Legacy Project/Woman Inc.
  • Jamaica's Promise

JIFI is a non-profit corporation recognized by the State of New York.  All directors and executives are volunteers and all net proceeds go to charity.

JIFI - Board Members and Committee Members

Hon. Consul General -  Mrs. Alsion Wilson  - Honorary Chair    

 Ms. Julie L. Brooks - President -  Exec. Director  (www.lexybrooks.com )

Mr. Andrew Sang- Director and Finance Committee

Ms. Suzie Sylvain - Director 

Ms. Aretha Blake  - Co-Chair and Advisory Committee  

 Mr. Richard Lue  - Entertainment and Production Committee

   Ms. Valerie Gray - Legal Counsel and Advisory Committee

Ms. Andrea Schuller -  Silent Auction Committee

Ms. Andrea Bullens- Marketing Committee

Ms. Marcia  Skyers  James  - Silent Auction Committee  

Ms. Karen Mitchell - Steering Committee

Normadelle Rose - Steering Committee


Marie Walker - (Former) Chair and Adviser      (In Loving memory of our Adviser who rested with the angels July 2019)


Our Mission: JIFINYC celebration  is about keeping our culture, values , morals, ancestry  and heritage alive through praise and thanksgiving (with family and friends both at home and abroad). The purpose of our cause  is to support charitable organizations in the United States and Jamaica, W.I., that support and further women's issues  through the creation of economic and social programs; to support amateur sports teams from Jamaica W.I, that compete in the United States and abroad   and to help enhance education in our youths.  

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Grand Independence BALL

The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. 

  

Under the Distinguished Patronage 

of The Consul General of Jamaica 

and The Hon. Consul General of Jamaica in New York, Mrs. Alsion Wilson    


Request the pleasure of your company at the Grand Independence Ball    

Commemorating

Jamaica’s Fifty-Eight (58) Anniversary (2020)


Keynote Speaker , Honorees and Awardees

To be Announced 


Save the date!

Saturday, 7th  August  2021


Cocktail Reception:  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m. -- 10:00 p.m.

Dinner, Awards & Dancing: 8:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Featured Artists Coming Soon! 


Complimentary Valet Parking for our Guests


Black Tie Required


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Our Charities


Jamaica 58 Legacy Project/Woman Inc.

 

The only crisis center for women in Jamaica who are victims of rape, incest, domestic violence and sexual harassment is operated by Woman Incorporated (Woman Inc.), a registered charitable organization offering counselling, referral services and a 24 hour hotline. The Crisis Centre also offers short-term shelter to battered women.

 

The Government of Jamaica is committed to the establishment of a minimum of three regional emergency shelters to provide a safe space and a comprehensive program of support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence for a longer period of time to facilitate their rehabilitation and self-sufficiency. The long-term goal is to establish at least one center for each of Jamaica’s fourteen parishes. www.mcges.gov.jm

 

JAMAICA'S PROMISE

 "Jamaica's Promise"  mobilize resources from Jamaicans both at home & abroad, and friends of Jamaica, for the purpose of alleviating the social conditions, lack of education and skill training on the Island. Inspired by America's Promise, a Colin Powell-led initiative in the United States, Jamaica's Promise targets young people between the ages of 0 to 25 who are unable to pursue their education or skill training due to economic challenges.   www.japromise.org


 JIFINYC is a 501 (c) (3) entity; all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws. Mail to: Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc.,

1120 Avenue of the Americas, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036