Keynote speaker Ambassador Audrey Marks remarked, “Thanks for coming to support the programs of Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica, your support is making a huge difference to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.”
Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica held its 6th annual Fundraiser–Dinner & Dance—in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 5, 2018, to the joy of over 300 guests. The event was perfectly delivered to entertain the attendees and to highlight the acts of charitable work in the cause of helping those in need.
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Audrey Marks, was the keynote speaker. She expressed, “Thanks for coming to support the programs of Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica; your support is making a huge difference to helping the poor and needy in Jamaica.”
Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica, Inc. (POGS) was established to help the poor and infirmed in Jamaica. Its aim is to maximize contributions of money, time, effort, and other resources towards helping those in unfavorable circumstances with social, educational, financial and healthcare opportunities. POGS aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of those in various disadvantaged communities across Jamaica.
Attendees were inspired by various speakers: Ambassador Curtis Ward, Fr. Dan Leary, and Dr. Canon Kortright Davis, Professor Howard University School of Divinity who gave the Invocation.
Archbishop Charles Dufour brought greetings from Jamaica and emphasized the need for others to give back to those less fortunate in Jamaica.
Fr. Dan Leary, a Pastor at St. Andrew Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, has visited Jamaica over 10 times to work with the poor, in particular with Mustard Seed Communities. In his speech, he implored the audience to embrace the hobby of helping the poor, because, “When you help the poor, you find yourself.”
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, Audrey Marks, praised Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica, saying its activities will contribute to achieving the targets outlined in the country’s national development plan as regards poverty reduction, and access to education and healthcare in particular.
Ambassador Marks, said, “The act of giving increases dopamine & endorphins in the brain that is a huge health benefit.” She also made reference to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study of 2006 that stated that when we give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, creating a warm glowing effect. She also said giving creates a ‘helpers high’ and encourages others to give.”
The commendable duo of hosts, Michael Campbell and Col. Jacqueline Payne-Bordon, kept the audience entertained and informed about the work of POGS. Ms. Avril Johnson was presented with an award for community service, her efforts to give to others were lauded by all in attendance.
Steve Higgins delighted the audience with popular songs and added a flavorful mix of Jamaican folk songs, and DJ Dalton Ebanks packed the dance floor with people rocking the night away.
Great food, yes; the sumptuous dinner provided by Joan Beckford of Island Pride Oasis was enjoyed and complemented the splendid evening, by giving to our bodies as we gave to others in need.
Bountiful praises are extended to Joy Dufour, President of POGS, and the organizing committee members, for an inspiring and enjoyable event.
As Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica continue to positively impact lives through charity, hope, and your kindness it is reasonable to say that sharing is a part of caring and they will continue to share and care for many years to come.
Partners of Good Shepherd Jamaica needs your support and donations throughout the year as the organization helps the poor year round and not just at the yearly gala. Donate by mail or online by visiting https://www.partnersofgoodshepherd.org/donate.html
By Karl A. Haughton