COCONUT GROVE – On Saturday, May 19, 2007, 6p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove located at 3300 Southwest 27th Avenue, American Friends Of Jamaica will ruffle a few feathers at The Peacock Ball which will include cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards presentation, then dancing the night away with live entertainment by Legacy.
Known for their elegance as well as their good purpose, American Friends Of Jamaica (AFJ) benefits are attended by Jamaican and American businesspersons, social sector leaders, political figures, and members of the diplomatic corps.
The event raises funds for Jamaican non-profits in the areas of education, health, and human and economic development. 2007
This signature event also honors individuals and companies that have distinguished themselves in contributing to Jamaica with the AFJ International Humanitarian Award.
This year the AFJ honors Tony Hart, Chairman of Hart Investments and Food for the Poor, a leading international relief organization for their many contributions to Jamaica.
International Humanitarian Award Honorees:
Tony Hart – entrepreneur and activist from Montego Bay, is recognized for his outstanding efforts and dedication. Through his various initiatives, including the development of the Montego Bay Freeport, Hart has built a city and touched the lives of countless Montegonians and Jamaicans.
Food for the Poor– an organization that has become known in Jamaica for its provision of housing, food supplies, agricultural development and hurricane relief assistance to the needy. Food for the Poor is one of the largest non-profit organizations that spiritually renews impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean
Past honorees have included entertainment mogul and hotelier, Chris Blackwell; American fashion icon Ralph Lauren and his wife, Ricky; Rep. Charles Rangel of New York; Sandals’ founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart; Canada’s Michael Lee-Chin, the Jamaican-born billionaire, philanthropist, and high-profile investor; Grace Kennedy; and Diageo, to name a few.
The event is sponsored by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business.