COJO Summer Soirée to benefit Jamaica's children

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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A cocktail and fashion show hosted by Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) in Queens, New York last Saturday will boost the organisation's scholarship fund which benefits residents at Jamaica's children's homes annually.

The Summer Soirée showcased women's wear from New York Boutique Klutch, Jamaica's Mushroom and Zaid, and Jamaican men's wear designer D'Marsh.

Gary Williams, chairman of the New-York based non-profit organisation, said that the event, held annually in the USA, has, to date, helped the organisation provide scholarships and equipment to Jamaican children valued at over US$260,000.

Describing Summer Soirée as "a true representation of partnership for a common cause", Williams explained that "in addition to the generosity of fashion designers and owners of fashion houses in the USA and Jamaica, the event celebrated the commitment of Caribbean Airlines to Jamaica and the Caribbean".

The airline sponsored a team of journalists from Jamaica to cover the event.

A group of other corporations -- jetBlue Airways, Sandals Resorts International, Jewel Resorts, and Grand Bahia Principe Resort -- combined to provide prizes for the Summer Soirée's signature raffle.

The popular Queens restaurant 'The Door' provided refreshment.

Special guest at the event, Councilman Rory Lancman, thanked COJO and the Summer Soirée guests for their "contributions to the communities in Queens and in Jamaica".

Williams told guests that a team from COJO will visit Jamaica in September to present the 2015/2016 scholarships and gifts of educational and sporting equipment to various schools.

COJO's major annual fund-raiser -- a scholarship and awards presentation -- is scheduled for December 5, 2015 in New York.

COJO states that its mission is to help improve the health, education and general well-being of underprivileged children. Previous local beneficiaries include Glenhope Place of Safety, Musgrave Girls' Home, Marigold Child Care Centre, and Alpha Boys' Home.

COJO has also assisted the Jamaica Queens, USA, YMCA and Leaf of Life.


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