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COJO continues outstanding work for children

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 11:05 PMRandy Bowman
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie The Crawfords are out to celebrate a worthy cause. From left are: Teya, Mark, Johanne and Anouk. 
Contributed Photo Members of the COJO executive team from left: Lyndon Taylor, Dennis Sherrod, Gary Williams and Robert DeSouza Sr. 
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie COJO chairman Gary Williams, joins the lovely couple Katy and Dwight Gedded for a moment on the red carpet.
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie Chris and Mike Sinclair make a fashionable duo on the red carpet. 
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie Regional Manager of JN Money Services USA Inc, shows off his his award and citation after JN copped the 2016 COJO Corporate Service Award.
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie Marjorie Laroche is accompanied by her beautiful daughter Gabrielle for the evening's festivities.
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie Cozying up for a photo is honoree Carol Brooks-Thompson and her loving hubby Peter.
Photo by: Marlon Ajamu Myrie Younna Bailey Magalhaes is all smiles for the camera at COJO's annual gala in New York recently.

Since its inception in 1994, Children Of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) has dedicated its resources, human and financial, to help make a difference in the lives of under served children in Jamaica as well as the United States.

On Saturday, December 3, at the Hilton JFK hotel in New York, the organisation hosted its annual anniversary scholarship gala as part of its continued efforts to raise funds to assist children through a range of education and social development programmes.

Proceeds from the annual gala and other fundraising events have provided computer laboratories, teaching aids, furniture, bursaries and scholarships to a number of institutions in Jamaica, including the Alpha Boys' Home, The City of Refuge, Marigold Child Care Centre, and the Glenhope Nursery for Physically Challenged Children.

COJO also contributes to a number of programmes in New York, including Project Helping Hands - an after-school homework assistance programme at the YMCA in Queens, the YMCA summer internship programme, and the Leaf of Life organisation, which transports critically ill children from various countries around the globe to the United States for life-saving surgery.

A major element of the gala is the presentation of awards to individuals and corporations for outstanding support to the programme. This year, Jamaica National copped the Corporate Service Award, and Carol Brooks-Thompson was presented with the Community Service Award.

Dinner and formalities aside, Empea Entertainment kept the more than 200 guests dancing to hits of yesteryear and today; no genre or age group was left out. A number of lucky persons benefited from a raffle and gate prizes, which included trips to Jamaica, courtesy of JetBlue, hotel accommodations from Sandals, outfits from D'Marsh Couture, and much more, all for a worthy cause.