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Peacock Soirée: a winner!

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Facey family celebrating at the 2012 Peacock Soirée in Miami, Florida.- Contributed photos
Montego Bay businessman Mark Hart (left) and Chris Berry share a hearty laugh.
Sponsor Diageo's Janelle Prieto (second right) and Carlos Garcia Zapata (right) are greeted by Barron Channer (left), AFJ director, and Caron Chung, executive director, American Friends of Jamaica.
Ambassador Sue M. Cobb, president, American Friends of Jamaica Inc, addressing the Peacock Soirée.
The Honourable D. Maurice William Facey and wife Valerie Facey with their daughter Laura.
Gordon and Diane Tewani, guests at the 2012 Peacock Soirée, Miami, Florida.
Russell Benford, deputy mayor of the City of Miami & Dade County (left), presents congratulatory certificate to the Honorable Dr Maurice Facey and wife Valerie Facey at the recent 2012 Peacock Soirée in Miami, Florida.
Valerie Facey accepts the American Friends of Jamaica Peacock Award with her husband, the Honourable Maurice Facey, by her side.
Freddie McGregor OJ, performing for the American Friends of Jamaica's 2012 Peacock Soiree in Miami, florida, recently.

AFJ gives J$19m to charity

The South Florida Peacock Soirée held recently in Miami, Florida, was a winner. The soirée is one of the American Friends of Jamaica's (AFJ) two signature fund-raising events for charities in Jamaica. The second is the Hummingbird Gala in New York later this year. The Honourable Dr Maurice William Facey and his gorgeous wife, Valerie, were honoured during the event in Miami. Legendary reggae crooner Freddie McGregor gave a spectacular performance.

The AFJ board of directors then arrived in Jamaica to tour Montego Bay on Tuesday, April 3, and presented the annual grants during the official award ceremony on Wednesday, April 4.

AFJ President, Ambassador Sue Cobb, Ambassador Glen Holden, Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson and other directors were among on the team that travelled to Montego Bay immediately after the Miami soirée. They toured Cornwall Regional Hospital and Melody House and made presentations of some J$19 million to recipients.

Here are some pictorial highlights of the soirée.