AFJ to honour Kenneth Benjamin
THE AMERICAN Friends of Jamaica, Inc (AFJ) is to honour founder of Guardsman Group of Companies, Kenneth Benjamin, at the 33rd annual Hummingbird Gala in New York on October 24.
The evening's schedule includes a cocktail reception, dinner, presentation of the Hummingbird Award, entertainment and a live auction.
According to a release from the organisation, Benjamin is an exemplary business leader with the region's largest private security conglomerate, with more than 7,000 employees spread over Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Guardsman Group is the leader in its field and is poised to expand its footprint even further afield. Benjamin models his life by his conviction to 'love thy neighbour as thy self'. This love extends to animals and a passion for philanthropy which is demonstrated through his civic affiliations. He is the executive chairman of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, chairman of the management committee of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, and executive chairman of the Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation, as well as the executive chairman of the Guardsman Group of Companies.
This year's gala presents an exciting auction collection through AFJ online partnership with CharityBuzz. The collection launches two weeks prior and will include luxury vacations, experiential packages and shows like the Grammy Awards, movie premieres, VIP behind-the-scenes sporting events, unique memorabilia and a selection of fine wines.
A pledge drive during the gala will benefit Breds - the Treasure Beach Foundation skills training and youth leadership through their General Colin Powell Challenge Course, which has done transformational work with more than 400 inner-city youth (treasurebeach.tumblr.com) over the last six months. Patrons of the gala will be delighted with a spectacular performance by 10-time Grammy nominee Third World Band.
Ambassador Brenda Johnson, president of the AFJ, stated, "Early-childhood development and youth unemployment are some of the challenges in today's world. The AFJ is pleased to collaborate with like-minded partners to break down barriers to help people fulfil their God-given potential."
The Hummingbird Gala is a black-tie event. Seats are US$550 per person. Contributions are tax deductible, as provided by law.