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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!
HEAR YE' HEAR YE' THE BALL IS BACK!
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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" 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