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Join us for Jamaica Events!
It's Jamaica 57! 57 years of hard work and 57 years of many achievements, so join us as we celebrate Jamaicans at home and abroad!
Jamaica celebrations are global and designed to leave legacies for future generations of Jamaicans, so come raise your flags and build a vibe with us in New York!
The highlight of Jamaica 55 in New York was a grand black tie Gala held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the New York Hilton Hotel. We proudly welcome for the first time two of our Prime Ministers, The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, ON, MP and The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC among our special invited guests and that was the major finale Gala of all the events.
The Gala was hosted by Singer Estelle and Actor & Singer Leon with a special performance by Lovers Rock Reggae artistes Romain Virgo backed by The Unit Band directly from Jamaica. During dinner, guests enjoyed dinner music by local New York performers, The Likkle Big Band and the popular deejays of Road International culminated the evening. The annual silent auction offered a plethora of exciting and interesting mix of items to choose from at prices that were unmatched!
The charities were the Woman Inc., Crisis Center, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports and the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx, New York. Net proceeds and contributions from the Gala are earmarked for these charities.
We look forward to celebrating Jamaica and her years of achievements with you!
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. is 501c(3) accredited and was established in 2017 primarily to manage the annual celebratory activities for Jamaica’s independence in the NE region of the United States.
Proceeds raised from that and future year’s events 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.
Jamaica Independence Gala Former and Present Committee Members
Julie A. Brooks - President
Trudy Deans - Honorary Chair (Former)
Normadelle Rose - Gala Chair (Former)
Joy Crichlow - Steering Committee (Former)
Aretha Blake - Steering Committee
Irwine Clare, Sr. - Steering Committee (Former)
Ann-Marie Grant - Steering Committee (Former)
Richard Lue - Steering Committee
George Patsalos - Steering Committee (Former)
Marcia Skyers James - Steering Committee (Former)
Paulette Willoughby - Steering Committee (Former)
Marie Walker - Advisor (In Loving memory of our Advisor who rested with the angels July 2019)
This is a presentation of the Jamaica Independence Foundation Inc. and produced by VIP Connected Entertainment Group of Companies.
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc
& The Jamaica Tourist Board
Under the Distinguished Patronage
Of The (Former) Consul General of Jamaica
Honourable Trudy Deans
Request the pleasure of your company at the Grand Independence Gala
Jamaica’s Fifty-Eight Anniversary of Independence 2020
Guest of Honor
To be Announced
Save the date!
Saturday, August 2020
Hosts coming soon!
Proposed Venue (TBC) The Grand Ballroom
New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019
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. – 2:00 a.m.
Featured Artist to Be confirmed at later date.
Black Tie Required
Jamaica 55 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
The Garvey School
Named after Jamaica’s first national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey to immortalize the philosophy of education and economic dependence, The Garvey School is a private co-educational institution which utilizes traditional and progressive teaching strategies. The school prides itself on its ability to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks. Instilled in each child is a sense of community and ethical duty. Students are encouraged to express excellence through academic achievement, but are also charged to use their specific attributes to create change. www.garveyschool.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.,
P.O. Box 312493, Jamaica, (Queens), New York, NY 11432
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