Prime Minister Andrew Holness to be Honored in New York

Prime Minister the Most Honorable Andrew Holness is to be honored on Saturday by The Jamaica Independence Foundation of New York with the Distinguished Leadership award.

The Prime Minister will be the guest of honor and will deliver the key note address at Grand Independence Gala to commemorate Jamaica’s 55 years of Independence on August 26, 2017, at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga will receive the Nation Builder Award while basketball legend, Jamaica’s Patrick Ewing, Head Coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team and New York Nicks basketball Hall of Famer will be presented with the Son of the Soil Legacy Award.

The black tie event is being staged by the Jamaica Independence Foundation and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The Foundation was established in 2017 to manage Jamaica’s independence activities in the north east region of the United States.

The event will bring the curtains down on Jamaica’s Independence celebrations in the North-East USA.

It is expected to bring together over 1500 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica. They will be entertained by Romain Virgo and the Unit Band.

Proceeds from the Gala will go towards a Jamaica 55 Legacy Project: “Women’s Inc.” Jamaica’s women’s crisis center, which deals with rape, incest and domestic violence, as well as the Garvey Elementary School in Bronx, New York, named for Jamaica’s first national hero, The Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

The Garvey Elementary School is a private co-educational institution, which uses traditional and progressive teaching strategies.

by - Derrick Scott - Washington DC