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Portia lauds American Friends of Jamaica

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Fern White-Hilsenrath, Gleaner Writer

New York, New York:

PRIME MINISTER Portia Simpson Miller has lauded the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) for the work it has been doing in Jamaica for the last 32 years.

The prime minister who, along with World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, attended a reception hosted by the AFJ at the swanky Upper East Side apartment of former US Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, expressed appreciation for the projects that the AFJ has funded over several years.

She also singled out Johnson, who is the current AFJ president; "Ambassador Johnson has taken fond memories, an unquestionable love for, and strong belief in Jamaica with her. Her support for Jamaica and Jamaicans has never wavered," the prime minister said.

Simpson Miller is in New York for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly and will give Jamaica's statement to the assembly this Saturday.

At the reception, the AFJ used the opportunity to announce its plans and garner support for the annual Hummingbird Gala and Benefit being held this year at the St Regis Hotel in New York City on October 25. The annual New York Gala is the AFJ's flagship event used to raise funds for charity and honour individuals who have made significant contribution to the Jamaican landscape.