Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of Jamaica’s most decorated female athletes will be honored by the New York based non-profit Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc. The gala and awards will take place at the Hilton New York, JFK Airport on Saturday, December 5, 2015 with a cocktail reception at 7:30 pm to be followed by dinner and dance.
Campbell-Brown, affectionately called VCB, is a seven-time Olympic medalist and the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events and only one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior and senior level of an athletic event.
According to Gary Williams, Chairman & Founder of COJO, “VCB has consistently brought glory to Jamaica whether at the World Championships in athletics, the IAAF World Indoor Championships or the Olympic Games and we look forward to the honor she will again bring us in Rio”.
Mr. Williams lauded the sprinter for her work as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equity and her “efforts to give back to her hometown in Trelawny”. “She is an exemplary role model”, he declared and we will be pleased to present her with the COJO 2015 Humanitarian Award.
Dave Price, weekday Noon and 5:30 P.M. weather anchor for NBC 4 New York and friend of the Caribbean will serve as emcee for the Twenty-first Annual Charity Ball organized by COJO.
Price, who has won four Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work on-air is a volunteer with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, an organization that fosters educational opportunity for at-risk youth in Connecticut and serves on the advisory board of the Africa Foundation. The Foundation funds sustainable programs in education, healthcare and economic development throughout Africa. One of his most cherished volunteer efforts is his longstanding involvement entertaining U.S. troops serving overseas. For over a decade Price has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti and military installations around the globe to do stand-up comedy for the troops during the holiday season.
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 available now and can be obtained by contacting the Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) office at 1-888- 275-0121. Proceeds from this major fundraiser are used to provide scholarships and support for deserving students and Jamaican child care institutions in need.