Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of Jamaica’s most decorated female athletes, will be honored by the New York-based nonprofit Children of Jamaica Outreach. The gala and awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton New York, JFK Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, with a cocktail reception at 7:30 p.m. to be followed by dinner and dancing.
Campbell-Brown, affectionately called VCB, is a seven-time Olympic medalist and the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200-meter 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 and 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.”
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,” Williams 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 21st annual Charity Ball organized by COJO.
Price, who has won four Emmy awards and a Gracie Award for his broadcasting work, is a volunteer with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, an organization that fosters educational opportunities for at-risk youth in Connecticut, and he serves on the advisory board of the Africa Foundation. The Africa Foundation funds sustainable programs in education, health care and economic development throughout Africa. One of his most cherished volunteer efforts is his longstanding involvement entertaining U.S. troops serving overseas. For more than 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 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.