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New York media meets American Friends of Jamaica

Published:Friday | September 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM
International entertainer Shaggy gets a close-up with Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce at the recent American Friends of Jamaica Hummingbird Gala launch in New York.
Former United States Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda LaGrange Johnson (left) with Caron Chung, executive director of the American Friends of Jamaica. - contributed photos
Former United States ambassador, Brenda LaGrange Johnson (left), smiles for the camera with (from second left) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica's gold medal Olympian; James Goren and former consul general to New York, Geneive Brown Metzgar.

The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), are gearing up for this year's Hummingbird Gala, to be held on Thursday October 25, at New York's Marrott Marquis, hotel in beautiful Times Square.

As a precursor to the event, on Wednesday, September 19, the AFJ hosted a media event at a party at the elegant East Side residence of Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, president elect.

For the intimate private affair, guests included superstar Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell, Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser-Pyrce, former consul general Geneive Brown Metzgar, members of the AFJ board of directors, media representatives from BET, Billboard, Pat McKay from Sirrus FM,, multimedia journalist and producer Patrick Riley and sponsor Victor Lewis of VicRae Inc, VP Records, and Barcardi USA, Inc.

The agenda was to promote the 31st annual Hummingbird Gala and Benefit. Executive director of AFJ, Caron Chung, briefly shared the AFJ's mission and successes as she revealed plans for the extravagant gala.

Fraser-Pyrce, who was in New York for a week of scheduled events, graciously signed a pair of Nike sneakers which will be available at the silent auction on the night of the gala.

The momentum was high and journalists got a chance to learn more about the work of AFJ.

"The comments of the journalists indicate interest and our further success depends on advocacy through raising awareness about the AFJ's mission, our programmes and milestones," said Chung.

Text and photos courtesy of Marjorie Flash.