Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna will be special guest at the 19th Annual Scholarship Gala of the New York-based Jamaican charity Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc.
The gala and awards will take place at the Hilton New York, JFK Airport, on December 14.
In a release, COJO said proceeds from the fundraiser would be used to provide scholarships and support for deserving students and Jamaican child-care institutions in need.
"The youth minister has lauded the efforts of the New York-based charity and is a firm believer in the power of education as a means of empowerment and advancement," COJO said.
Speaking during COJO's Scholarship Luncheon in Jamaica during Child Month, Hanna had high praises for the scholarship recipients, noting that they were an inspiration to her and role models for other young people.
DESERVING OF RECOGNITION
In her remarks, the minister said it was important that when children are doing well, "when they are braving the odds and in the face of adversity conquering all and achieving outstanding accomplishments", they must be given the recognition that they deserve, as COJO is doing through this "fine gesture", which will provide encouragement and tangible help for the deserving young people.
Among the honourees this year are The Door Restaurant, Dr Daniel Laroche, and Dr Karlene Chin Quee, founder, Heartbeats of the World.
A number of corporate entities, including JetBlue, have donated airline tickets as raffle prizes, with several Jamaican hotels providing accommodation.
Tickets for the annual gala are on sale now and can be obtained by contacting the Children of Jamaica Outreach office at 1-888- 275-0121.