MIAMI – The 7th annual South Florida Peacock Soiree presented by the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) will honor international recording artist Shaggy on Saturday, April 9, 2011 starting at 6:00 PM. The event will take place amidst the tropical elegance of Miami’s Jungle Island with cocktails, dinner and dancing well into the night.
The Peacock Soiree promises to be spectacular, chic and fun attracting dignitaries, sport stars and business professionals. Shaggy is to be honored as the 2011 International Humanitarian for his dedicated philanthropic efforts.
Diamond-selling Grammy reggae performer Orville “Shaggy” Burrell will be recognized for his role of philanthropist with the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica. Shaggy has always lived on the premise that “to whom much is given, much is required”. This diverse performer has proved to be one of the biggest crossover success stories with reggae, dancehall, pop and R&B hits.
What began as donations of medical equipment and visits to the Bustamante Hospital For Children to distribute gifts during the holidays, paint rooms, donate beds and creation of a garden, gave birth to the Shaggy Foundation. Developed in 2008, Shaggy recruited business associates, fellow recording artists and sponsors to assist in hosting an annual charity event in which all proceeds are donated to the hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment. Shaggy sought other avenues to raise funds; he co-wrote “Shaggy Parrot” a children’s book and is the main character whose singing and speaking voice demonstrates learning through fun. He has remained humble, taking his career in strides. He continues to break down barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps. Ambassador Sue Cobb, AFJ’s Chairperson comments, “Shaggy is the essence of the charitable spirit we celebrate in our continued support of the Jamaican society and its people. The Peacock Soiree is a celebration of this spirit for all to enjoy while raising funds for good causes”.