NEW YORK – The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) will honor Grammy Award-winning recording artist Shaggy at the 7th Annual Peacock Soiree in Miami on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Diamond-selling performer Orville â€œShaggyâ€ Burrell will be recognized for his philanthropic role in assisting the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Peacock Soiree will be held at Miami’s Jungle Island, a lush, tropical setting with a festive atmosphere that sets the tone for a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing. The proceeds of the AFJ event create significant social impact by raising important funds distributed to Jamaican charities in education, healthcare and economic development.
Shaggy has always embraced the premise that â€œto whom much is given, much is required.â€ What began as donations of medical equipment and visits to the Bustamante Hospital For Childrenâ€“to distribute gifts during the holidays, paint rooms, and donate bedsâ€“gave birth to the Shaggy Foundation. He developed the organization in 2008, and recruited business associates, fellow recording artists and sponsors to assist in hosting an annual charity event with proceeds going directly to the hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment.
Seeking other avenues to raise funds, Shaggy co-wrote a children’s book entitled â€œShaggy Parrotâ€ that features the artist as the main character whose singing and speaking voice demonstrates learning through fun.
AFJ’s Chairperson Ambassador Sue Cobb said, â€œShaggy is the essence of the charitable spirit we celebrate in our continued support of the Jamaican society and its people. The Peacock Soiree is a celebration of this spirit for all to enjoy while raising funds for good causesâ€.
For event tickets or sponsorship details contact 212-265-2550, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theafj.org.