Update: Shaggy and Sheryl Lee Ralph Added to List of Honorees for Jamaica Independence Gala in New York

Multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Shaggy and Emmy Award winning Jamaican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph were recently added to the prestigious list of honorees for the Jamaica Independence Gala New York to be held on 19 August 2023 at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel.

Other honorees include Assistant Chief of the New York Police Department Ruel Stephenson, Chairman of Pan Jamaica Group Limited, Stephen Facey, board-certified Dermatologist and Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, and Jamaican-born business leader and writer, Dr. Marlon Lindsay.

Supporting Jamaicans at Home

The Jamaica Independence Gala New York is an annual fundraising event to support charitable causes that have a positive impact on Jamaicans. This year, the organization aims to offer financial support to a number of initiatives. These include the awarding of 30 scholarships to students pursuing higher education. These scholarships aim to empower individuals by helping them achieve their academic and career goals.

The Gala will extend support to the procurement of pacemakers for young children who require critical medical care and three local charities: The YB Afraid Foundation established by Jamaican athlete Yohan Blake, the Rose Town Foundation, and the Enos Barrett Centre for Rehabilitation located in Linstead, St. Catherine.

More about the 2023 Jamaica Independence Gala Honorees

Mr. Orville “Shaggy” Burrell is a diamond-selling, multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist and dedicated philanthropist. Shaggy will receive the Jamaica Independence Award for being an International Cultural Icon in Reggae Music and Philanthropy.

The Hon. Sheryl Lee Ralph OJ is an award-winning actress. She will be presented with the Jamaica Independence Award for her outstanding contribution to Film and Television.

Chief Ruel Stephenson

Assistant Chief of the NYPD Police Ruel Stephenson will be honored with the Jamaica Independence Award for Leadership in Law and Enforcement and Community Development.

Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton

Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton is a trusted authority in dermatology. She will be honored with the Jamaica Independence Award for Woman of Excellence in Medicine and Business.

Stephen Facey

Stephen B. Facey is the current chairman of Pan Jamaica Group, and he will be presented with the Jamaica Independence Award for Business Leadership and the Development of Jamaica.

Dr. Marlon Lindsay

Dr. Marlon Lindsay is the CEO of 21 Cent Ed. He will receive the Jamaica Independence Award for Leadership in STEM Education and Entrepreneurship.

Photo – Official Facebook Pages for Shaggy, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Consulate General of Jamaica New York, Deposit Photos,

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