The Lynne Mitchell Foundation hosted over 230 guests at its 'A Night in Jamaica Gala' on Saturday, October 8th, at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, FL. Net proceeds from the event totaled over $80,000 through the silent auction, live auction and donations from guests. Net proceeds from the gala will go towards the initiatives of the Foundation, with a vast majority of the funds going towards the Foundation's scholarship program, which helps underserved students in Jamaica attend university or obtain post graduate degrees. Marlene Gordon, the President of the Foundation, and the Board of the Foundation, hosted guests with an evening of food, entertainment, and silent and live auctions.
"I am grateful for the support the Foundation has received over the past 10 years and especially this year in our current economic environment," said Gordon. "Knowing that there are more constraints than ever with domestic and personal affairs, I am humbled by the care and outpouring of support we continue to receive. It's moving to see that there is an understanding that our own challenges do not compare to the challenges in third world countries like Jamaica where students have to fight everyday for their basic needs with few resources available to assist them. On behalf of myself and our Board, I say a big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts at the gala. You help us to to offer opportunities to high achieving students who might otherwise be forgotten."
Founded in 2012 by Gordon, the purpose of the Lynne Mitchell Foundation is to providing educational resources, including academic scholarships that help Jamaican students who are excelling in their studies have the financial means to attend high school, college, or obtain a post-graduate degree. Through the Foundation, Gordon honors the legacy of her late mother, Lynne Mitchell, who came from a poor and rural part of the island and who achieved a successful career in hospitality management after being able to pursue her educational dreams. Through the Foundation, Gordon strives to help change the future of underserved children in Jamaica in significant ways, allowing them to realize their dreams and become the next generation of leaders that will make their communities better places to live.
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View the Impact Video of the Foundation over the last 10 years.
View pictures from A Night in Jamaica Gala.