Proceeds from this major fundraiser are used to provide scholarships and support for deserving students and Jamaican child care institutions in need.
The Tourism Minister is no stranger to COJO and served previously as guest of honor at the organization’s 14th annual charity held in New York in 2008. At that time, he lauded the efforts of the New York based charity, adding that he is a firm believer in the power of education as a means of empowerment and advancement.
Minister Bartlett is leading a dynamic tourism development program that has seen phenomenal expansion in Jamaica’s hospitality sector and helped the destination welcome close to three million visitors and a record US$2.2 billion in earnings between January and August 2018.
The 2018 gala dinner and awards is being held under the patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks. Among the honorees this year are Paul Salmon of The Rockhouse Foundation who will receive the COJO Humanitarian Award; Feurtado Shipping, the COJO Corporate Award, Gopal Burgher, who will receive the COJO Visionary Award and Trevor Smith of Tower Isles Frozen Foods Ltd. who will be presented with the COJO Distinguished Award.
For more than a decade, the volunteer-driven organization has supported a number of institutions in Jamaica and the United States and has presented scholarships to deserving wards of the state in Jamaica totaling over J$15 million dollars since 2012.
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 (COJO) office at 1-888- 275-0121.