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JAMPACT Celebrates Jamaican Women – Sunday March 25th, 2007 New York

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As a nod to Women’s Month, Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) is hosting a celebration and fundraising event on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at Blue Mahoe, a romantic Caribbean restaurant in the heart of New York City. Indigo Fashions, JamLinks Productions and The Eye Collection will showcase their fashions at the sophisticated Sunday afternoon event, while poet Michelle Bailey and author Laura Johnson will be special guests. A silent auction will feature a variety of items including art from renowned Jamaican artists, Paul Blackwood.

The celebratory atmosphere will be boosted by fashions from three New York-based fashion houses. Indigo Fashion, a woman-owned and run business, will feature fashions that are inspired by the Afro-Caribbean heritage. Adding to the fashion showcase will be JamLocks Productions a tribute to the Jamaica’s Rastafarian culture, while well-known designer Michael Williams will showcase designs from his urban themed The Eye Collection. This event promises to be a feast for all of the senses, exotic cuisine, music, and fashion will be the highlight of the afternoon’s events.

Author Laura Johnson will be the special guest as JAMPACT continues to highlight the achievements of Jamaican women. Her recent book Born as a Sufferer tells of Bobby and Shelly who must fight through their demons on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Ms. Johnson grew up in Dunkirk, Kingston, Jamaica before immigrating to the United States and joining the U.S. Army. While deployed in Iraq, Johnson constantly carried around a pen and notebook to chronicle her experiences and began to fulfill her dream of being a writer. Poet Michelle Bailey will perform her poems inspired from the quintessential experience of being a Jamaican woman.

Vice President of JAMPACT, Kesha Crichlow expressed her excitement about the event. She notes that Jamaican women have played a major role in their communities at home and in the United States and it is important that we celebrate the women in our community. Tickets are reasonably priced at $50 and the event will feature an exotic selection of cuisine from Blue Mahoe’s kitchen, live Caribbean music and great fashion. Proceeds from the event will go toward JAMPACT’s Model School Project, an initiative aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of JAMPACT’s five adopted basic schools in Jamaica – Crescent Road Basic School, Maxfield Park Basic School, Coles, Basic School, Mount Olive Basic School, and St. Stephen’s Basic School.

WHAT: JAMPACT Women’s Month Celebration & Fundraiser – Exotic Cuisine & Cash Bar

WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 2007 from 2 – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Blue Mahoe, a romantic Caribbean Fusion Restaurant – 243 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003

TICKETS & RSVP: [email protected] or 212-459-4390

Jamaica Impact Inc. (JAMPACT) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of young Jamaican professionals, students and friends of Jamaica. Our philosophy is to use our collective energies, intelligence and resources, as an impetus for progress in Jamaica. Visit www.jampact.org to find out more.

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