JWOF – Run-A-Boat

Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) will host a virtual fundraiser to raise money for Melody House to ensure young girls continue to have a safe place called home. Join JWOF on Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST) for an afternoon of food, fun, and partying as they host their annual Run-A-Boat Fundraiser virtually! This year’s event has a different twist due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it holds the same endearing promise of past events to lift up the community and band together for a worthy cause.  

JWOF - Run-A-Boat
“We invite you to bring your friends and family to our 2020 Run-A-Boat. Help us, support the girls of Melody House in their quest for knowledge and education”, said Arlene Lewis-Marr, JWOF President.  She added, “JWOF has adopted the Melody House Girls Home and has pledged financial support for the organization in their efforts to support the young women living there.”

Melody House, a nonprofit organization, is located on the outskirts of Montego Bay, in Jamaica. Since its establishment in 1979, it has provided housing to abandoned and abused girls. The home receives some funding from Jamaica’s government; however, it is mostly supported by charitable donations

By attending this year’s Run-A-Boat Fundraiser, your registration ticket and other donations will help provide necessities for the young ladies at Melody House.  In the age of COVID, JWOF has designed a virtual experience showcasing cooking demonstrations from 3X FoodNetwork Chopped Champion Chef Andre Fowles and Celebrity Private Chef to the stars Alexcia Smith.  Hosted by Consul General, Mr. Oliver Mair, the event not only offers a great virtual funding party, but it also features a Kids’ Corner with Sophia Nicholson and her Children’s Cultural Storytime Series as well as Attorney Georgia Robinson reading a story from her children’s book collection. 

Monies raised at the 2020 Run-a-Boat will purchase laptops for all the girls at Melody House, supplement food and operational costs. Additionally, JWOF has partnered with Food trucks whose offerings include JWOF Run-a Boat specialty meals valued at $10 and under, which can be picked up from the location nearest to you at the time of purchase. This is a labor of love for the organization, and they hope attendees will contribute with a full and giving heart. Learn more about JWOF and donate at https://jamaicanwomenofflorida.com 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou


The Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF), Inc., is a Florida Not-For-Profit founded October 2012 as an organization designed to provide an outlet for Jamaican women in Florida to empower themselves through networking, mentoring and personal development. The goal of JWOF is to engage Jamaican women in Florida and give back to the next generation of young women by assisting in the development of leadership and personal skills to operate in a global environment. JWOF is dedicated to Jamaican Women – Powerful Women . . . Worldwide.