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April 1, 2019

It's hard to believe Spring is here! We hope 2019 has been off to a great start for you! At the Lynne Mitchell Foundation we have been busy with various projects at Seaview Primary School, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Click on the link below to catch up on our First Quarter Highlights!

A NIGHT AT STUDIO 54 GALA

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Night at Studio 54 Gala was a blast! Thank you to all those who attended and made our 6th annual signature fundraising gala a smashing success! You not only showed up, you showed out - captivating those around you with your stunning outfits, party attitude, and big, kind, giving hearts! Thanks to each of you, we were successful in our efforts to raise funds to support the educational needs of underprivileged children in Jamaica! We know you could have spent your evening in any number of places and we are grateful that you chose to spend it with us.

A Recap of Our Visit to Seaview Primary School

September 1, 2018

Board members and volunteers had a productive visit to Seaview in August. The group distributed the donated backpacks and school supplies to students of all grade levels.

October 14, 2017

The Lynne Mitchell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the educational needs of underprivileged children in Jamaica, hosted its fifth-annual philanthropic gala on Saturday, October 14th.
This year's theme, A Night at the Masquerade Ball, was a stunning success that featured a luxurious sense of elegance and ambiance at the Coral Gables Country Club. Guests enjoyed decadent cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a 3-Course Dinner, fabulous silent and live auction items, entertainment and a rocking good time at the live DJ After Party. Through silent and live auction bids and direct contributions, the Foundation was able to raise over $100,000 during the event, all of which will go to resources that will help improve the quality of learning conditions for primary-school children in Jamaica.
"We are always so impressed and so very grateful at the turnout and amount of support we receive," said Marlene Gordon, president of the Lynne Mitchell Foundation "This is our fifth-annual gala and each year surpasses the one before in terms of a sense of community and willingness to give back and make a difference. It is truly inspiring to see.”

Janie Flores Live - On Air Interview with Marlene Gordon

August 31, 2017

On August 31, 2017, Lynne Mitchell Foundation's President & Founder, Marlene Gordon appeared on the Janie Flores Live radio show - Conversations with Fascinating People - on 880 AM The Biz - the only Bloomberg News station in South Florida.  Marlene shared how she turned personal tragedy into triumph by founding the Lynne Mitchell Foundation.  Listen to the interview to learn more.

Three Jamaicans Honored with Women of Distinction Award by Dade County Bar Association

June 21, 2017

Three Jamaican women have been recognized by the Miami-Dade County Bar for their service and achievements in the legal profession with the Women of Distinction Award given by the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA). Founded in the early 1900s, the Dade County Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in Florida, It acts as the voice of the Miami-Dade County legal community. Founded in the early 1900’s, and officially incorporated in 1920, the DCBA’s goal is to support and inform the county’s lawyers, as well as the public and the community at large.

Marlene Gordon, of Bacardi U.S.A. Inc., received the Woman of Distinction In-House Counsel Excellence Award. Yolanda P. Strader of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., and Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Executive Director of Venture Café Miami, were honored with the Woman on the Rise Award.

2017 Back Pack Drive

April 2, 2017

Join us as we pursue one single purpose: to Make a Difference in the life of a needy child! We believe that children should not fail in school or in life because of their social circumstances.  This is why since our inception in 2013, we have donated over $170,000 in goods, services and scholarships to make a positive difference in the lives of needy students and families at Seaview Primary School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Our mission continues with the kick-off of our 5th Annual Back Pack Drive to raise $7,000 to purchase brand new back packs filled with school supplies for students ages 5 - 12 for the 2017 - 2018 School Year.

The Lynne Mitchell Foundation Founder Awarded Civil Trailblazer Award

March 13, 2017

MIRAMAR, Fla. /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of her tireless efforts to enhance communities through education, access to job opportunities, and career advancement, the Dade County Bar Association recently presented its Civil Trailblazer award to Marlene Gordon, the founder and president of the Lynne Mitchell Foundation. Awarded on Feb. 2, 2017, the award seeks to recognize those in the legal field who use their insight, expertise, and professional relationships to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Ms. Gordon was chosen for this honor primarily for her work through the Lynne Mitchell Foundation, which provides educational resources and scholarships to deserving students in Jamaica.

"I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with this distinction," said Ms. Gordon. "While philanthropic work is indeed its own best reward, knowing that those efforts are noticed by others means that we're making a visible difference that we can then leverage towards making even greater strides."

A Night In The Caribbean Gala

October 15, 2016

4th Annual Fundraising Gala for Lynne Mitchell Foundation Took Place On Saturday October 15th

Tropical Dinner, Cocktails, Silent & Live Auctions and More to Benefit Education in Jamaica

 

MIRAMAR, FL-  Now in its fourth year, The Lynne Mitchell Foundation’s annual fundraising and scholarship gala will be taking place on Saturday, October 15th. This year’s theme, A Night In the Caribbean is set to feature island-inspired cuisine and cocktails, music and dancing to calypso, samba, and reggae beats, as well as a silent auction and a live auction with proceeds benefiting the foundation’s mission to provide better educational resources to primary-school children in rural Jamaica. 

 

“This is our spotlight fundraising event of the year,” said Marlene Gordon, President of Lynne Mitchell Foundation. “All the donations raised at this event allows us to continue to advance our mission of education and continue to grow to serve more children in need of educational resources.” 

 

This year’s gala featured a guest appearance from Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Senator, the Honorable Ruel B. Reid, who spoke about how the Lynne Mitchell Foundation has positively impacted so many students. Additionally, the foundation presented two $3,000 scholarships to two students so that they may continue their high school education with fewer worries about the cost of books, uniforms, transportation, meals, and other supplies. The two award winners were chosen from among many submitted essays from the Seaview Primary School in Jamaica, the foundation’s partner school. Gavaska Gordon and Tiffany Peart, the two scholarship recipients both attended the gala event and shared their experiences and future plans made possible through the foundation’s efforts. 

 

The Gala event took place on Saturday, October 15th, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Coral Gables Country Club – A VIP food and drink reception started at 6:00 pm and featured Chef Arthur Artiles from MIC Food prior - followed by a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by a dinner, live auction, and entertainment, and concluding with an after party that begins at 10:15 pm. 

Learn More

Announcing our Scholarship Winners

June 24, 2016

2016 LMF Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Scholarship Winners at Seaview Primary School

Foundation Update

February 2016

Our Journey of Hope Continues . . .

Insprirational Journey

January 22, 2016

How Marlene Mitchell Gordon went from poverty in rural Jamaica to the top legal position at Bacardi North America.

October 1, 2015

What if you could fix one problem from the ground up? What if you had the resources to pour into one community, one school and really make a lasting difference?

An Evening in Paris Gala was an Elegant Affair

September 26, 2015

Lynne Mitchell Foundation's Third Annual Signature Fundraising Gala, An Evening In Paris, was a smashing success.  We hope you enjoy the photo recap of the event! Thank you for supporting our cause. We look forward to seeing you again next year.  Download Photos.

We Did It!

August 22, 2015

After 3 weeks of delay, on Saturday, August 22, 2015, Lynne Mitchell Foundation was finally able to distribute the much anticipated donation of goods, including back packs, school supplies, classroom tables, chairs, bookshelves, and much, much more, to the students and teachers at Seaview Primary School.

 

Having received confirmation that the container filled with its donation of goods had finally cleared Customs in Kingston and had arrived at the school late Thursday (August 20th), representatives from the Foundation flew to Montego Bay on Friday afternoon to be at the school early Saturday morning to open the container, account for all the goods, distribute the back packs and school supplies to students for the upcoming school year, and assist the principal, Carol Stephenson, and her teachers and staff, unload the container, organize the donated goods, clean and organize the classrooms and get the school ready for classes to begin in early September. 

 

Mission accomplished. It was a hot day, filled with lots of hard work but plenty of smiles and gratitude which made for an extremely rewarding day! Check out the photos of this fantastic day below.

 

Thank you to those who donated a back pack and school supplies to the students and who otherwise support our efforts. The Foundation could not fulfill its mission of "Loving Children . . . Changing Lives" without the generosity of its many supporters. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for opening up yours to the needs of these students.

In the News in Jamaica

August 15, 2015

Coverage by CVM TV Jamaica of charitable donations provided by Lynne Mitchell Foundation to Seaview Primary School and challenges faced by the Foundation to clear donated items through Customs in Jamaica.

Education Is A Right

August 15, 2015

No Child Should Be Forgotten!

Let's Do It Again!

August 1, 2015

Fun Awaits! Relive the good times - Join us at our signature fundraising gala "An Evening in Paris" on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and Let's Do It Again!

Radio Interview Featuring Our President, Marlene Gordon

July 10, 2015

Listen to Marlene Gordon as she speaks about why the Lynne Mitchell Foundation was formed and its mission of "Loving Children . . . Changing Lives." 

You Gotta Hear This

May 28, 2015

Wishes Fulfilled! Outrageously Cool!

We are so excited and we just can't hide it! Lynne Mitchell Foundation just completed the purchase of every single 2015 Wish List item for the teachers and students at Seaview Primary School - and we threw it some extra items for good measure! Our donations will total USD $34,000! To say "We're on Cloud 9" is a bit of an understatement! We are busting at the seam with excitement that we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of others. So what will they receive? 

Join Us!

May 28, 2015

Don't miss out on An Evening in Paris, our Signature Fundraising Gala to be held on September 26, 2015 at the Coral Gables Country Club.  Check out our Save the Date Video and Get Ready for an Evening of luxurious elegance.  

Save the Date!

March 17, 2015

Don't miss out on An Evening in Paris, our Signature Fundraising Gala to be held on September 26, 2015 at the Coral Gables Country Club.  Get Ready for an Evening of luxurious elegance.  

Lynne Mitchell Foundation Launches Newly Redesigned Website

February 21, 2015

Lynne Mitchell Foundation is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website www.lynnemitchellfoundation.com. The new website clearly reflects the Foundation’s mission, key priorities and programs, showcases the impact it has had on the community it serves, and offers donors different options to get involved.   

An Evening in Paris Fundraising Gala

February 2, 2015

Luxurious elegance, sumptuous cocktails, culinary delights & exclusive VIP access all await  you at Lynne Mitchell Foundation's signature fundraising gala "An Evening in Paris” to benefit underprivileged children in Jamaica.  

Join us for an evening of love reminiscent of the most romantic city in the world. 

January News for Foundation Friends

January 2, 2015

New Roof for Seaview Primary School in time for the New Year. Plus hear from our LMFI Scholars and meet our new Board Members.

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