The Gleaner, North American July -07, 2022

7 UPWARDS OF a dozen Jamaicans and friends of the island nation residing in the United States will be recognised for their decades of unwavering support at ‘The People’s Independence Ball’ to be held at the Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, on Saturday, August 13, starting at 6 p.m. Drawn from a wide cross section of society, including the arts, entertainment, sport, philanthropy and journalism, the honourees will be cited for excellence in their chosen vocation, in keeping with the theme of the event, ‘Unmasking 60 Years of Jamaica’s Excellence’, as Jamaicans at home and overseas celebrate the milestone anniversary of Independence. “It’s Jamaica’s 60th, celebrating 60 years of our country’s greatest achievements. So, join us as we unmask six decades of Jamaica’s excellence with celebrations at home and abroad,”said J. “Lexy” Brooks, chair of the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc., organizers of ‘The People’s Independence Ball’. According to Brooks, the committee is busy finalising the full list of honourees that so far includes broadcaster Roy ‘DJ Roy’ Walters, Road Int’l Disco; Patricia McKay, Sirius Radio; Patricia Meschino, writer and contributor to The Daily Beast, Billboard magazine and Rolling Stone; and Kamilah McDonald, trailblazer. Entertainment for the black-tie gala will be provided by recording artiste Richie Stephens, Braata Folk Singers, Road International Disco, with DJ Roy, DJ Norie and DJ Strikah taking turns at the turntable. Andrew Clarke, founder and artistic director of Braata Folk Singers and an accomplished emcee, will chair the ceremonies. A silent auction forms part of the evening’s offering as well. Net proceeds and contributions from the event will benefit a number of registered charities in the United States and Jamaica, including: Safe Horizon, Mustard Seed Communities, and Rose Town Foundation. The organisation’s main purpose is to assist with programmes that help women who are victims of domestic abuse and to advocate for women in crisis situations, underserved communities, and amateur athletes from Jamaica involved in sports overseas, especially in the USA. Tickets for the event can be purchased via PayPal: info@Jifinyc.org, online at www.Jifinyc.org, or at a local neighbourhood restaurant. For sponsorship, advertising, media, and other information, persons may contact info@Jifinyc.org, or call 917-885-5181. J’cans, friends of nation to be recognised at ‘The People’s Independence Ball’ McDONALD McKAY ‘It’s Jamaica’s 60th, celebrating 60 years of our country’s greatest achievements. So, join us as we unmask six decades of Jamaica’s excellence with celebrations at home and abroad.’ THE WEEKLY GLEANER | JULY 7 - AUGUST 6, 2022 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | ADVERTISEMENT

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