JAMAICA'S Grace Kennedy and Company Ltd and three individuals are to be honoured at the 2017 Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Scholarship Gala and Awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel, JFK in New York on Saturday, December 2.
Grace Kennedy will receive an award for corporate service, while awards for community development and contributions to COJO will be presented to Kaye Chong, Dennis Sherwood and Dr Fitzclaud Grant.
Gary Williams, chairman of COJO, a non-profit organisation headquartered in New York, said each year they put the spotlight on some of the people who are going the extra mile to help build and strengthen communities.
“All of these companies and individuals have made sterling contributions in support of COJO's work, helping us to achieve our vision for a better existence for scores of Jamaicans,” he said.
Noting that the proceeds of the annual scholarship gala help to fund scholarships to tertiary institutions in Jamaica for former wards of children's homes, Williams said many of these children can leave their disadvantaged past behind as a degree from an accredited university is a passport to more opportunities and the key to a better future.
Earlier this year COJO presented scholarships valued at over US$20,000 to six Jamaican students in Kingston.