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Carlene Davis

Carlene Davis

The American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. (AFJ), in collaboration with the Jamaica Committee, will host their annual joint fund raising event, the Jamaica Charity Gala, in in Miami on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel at 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami.  This year, the gala will honor businessman and philanthropist Dr. Robert E. Levy, recognizing his outstanding success and continued support for Jamaica.

Dr. Robert E. Levy is widely regarded as one of Jamaica’s most remarkable entrepreneurs, a nation builder, innovator and contributor to the development of Jamaica’s livestock industry. A man valued for his unquestioned integrity and high ethical standards in business practices. Levy is the chairman of Jamaica Broilers Group Limited and a 2010 inductee into the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica Hall of Fame. For more than 45 years, he has served in various management and executive positions at Jamaica Broilers Group Limited. He is the founder and current director of the Caribbean Poultry Association, the director and past president of The American Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chairman or board member on several agricultural and national development-related boards.


Dr. Robert E. Levy

Dr. Robert E. Levy

About the AFJ

Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization built on the principles of service and philanthropy; and is established to render assistance in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. The AFJ works with a broad coalition of Jamaican organizations and stakeholders to bring about change in the lives of Jamaicans in need. Amongst other initiatives, our partners assist us to provide shelter to the homeless, education to inner-city youth and healthcare to those in need. The AFJ Grant Cycle begins at the end of each year and grants are disbursed at the end of the first quarter of the following year. For more information and to attend the event:

About The Jamaica Committee, Inc.

The Jamaica Committee, Inc. is a U.S. based 501(c)3 charitable organization formed by Jamaicans and lovers of Jamaica intent on helping the less advantaged in Jamaica while promoting the island. The Organization, formed in 2000, is run by 6 volunteer Directors. Its main fund-raising event, the Pineapple Ball for 12 years successfully lived out its promise to supporters to enjoy making good things happen.  Funds generated from each Ball are distributed annually to support education, medical needs, programs against violence, encouragement for the arts and support for the needy on the island.  Pineapple Ball 2001 received the Mayor’s Award and a Mayoral Declaration of Pineapple Ball Day (Miami).  Between 2002 and 2009, the Ball was held at The Ritz Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall where in 2008, it was declared “event of the year” (Maco Magazine). In 2010, the decision was made to move the gala back to Miami where it began, in order to live out one of TJC’S formation objectives – that of showing the best of Jamaica in art, craft, music and food – and helping to promote that which is uniquely Jamaican.

The Jamaica Charity Gala is a collaboration between the American Friends of Jamaica and The Jamaica Committee, with both organizations combining their mission to identify and honor persons and organizations which have distinguished themselves in various fields and are selfless in their service to Jamaica and to have a grand, happy, splendid affair for the benefit of Jamaica.



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