The Jamaican American Association of Central Florida (JAAOCF) presented Jamaica’s 60th (Diamond) Independence, Scholarship, and Debutante Awards Gala on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 7pm-1am
The JAAOCF is a 501 (C) 3 organization that has been in existence for more than 30 years. Our focus is on education, positive engagement for the youth, community service, and emergency assistance. This includes the awarding of annual scholarships to high school and college students.
Thank you to all our guests, the Honorable State Attorney Monique Worrell, the Honorable Mayor Jerry Demings, and Mr. Luis Martinez-Alecia the Minister of Multicultural Affairs, from the office of the Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer, and our many friends and family for joining us and celebrating with us at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.
Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dwayne Dyce, CEO of Education Solutions International (ESI) was unable to make it to our event, but graciously sent us an inspiring recorded message.
Our exceptional Co-emcees: Mr. Louis Witter, and Ms. Adrianna Clark of Caribbean Rhythms Radio treated us to a creative, crowd pleasing presentation, honoring our Jamaican National Heroes.
Our lovely Debutantes performed beautifully and were awarded scholarships at the event.
We also awarded scholarships to six deserving college students.
We also presented out Community Service Award to Dr. Andre Baptiste and our Legacy Award to Mr. Jay Brown.
Music/Dancing to DJ Charlie Brown & Caribbean Grove Band was superb.
Dinner consisted of a choice of plated salmon, chicken, or vegetarian cuisine and was delicious.
The Ballroom was tastefully decorated to create an ambience of class and culture.
We demonstrated our theme of “A Night of Excellence and Elegance-Raising the Bar” to perfection.
Proceeds from the event will benefit our scholarship fund and our efforts to support communities locally and internationally.