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Jamaica Observer: $14 Million Budget for Shaggy & Friends

THE staging of the fund-raising Shaggy and Friends concert is definitely a multimillion-dollar venture.

This year’s event, organised by diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, has a production budget in the region of $14 million.

However, according to head of Shaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation, Rebecca Packer, for the type of event being staged at Jamaica House come tomorrow evening, the spend could have been much higher.

“We really have to thank our sponsors and suppliers — many of whom are providing services for free or at cost — for helping us keep production costs down. A show of this caliber including artists, lighting, sound, décor, food and drink, could easily run us in the region of $50-million,” Packer told Splash last night.

She stated that having gotten over the obstacle caused by the shifting of the original December 30 date, due to the general election, the plans for the third staging of the event were running smoothly. “It’s really like a well-oiled machine. Having gone through the process on two previous occasions we have worked out the kinks.

Packer says rehearsals are already underway, as international acts Eve and Lauryn Hill are already on the island, with Maxi Priest and Deniece Williams scheduled to arrive later today.

This year, the proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital, in conjunction with the international charity, Chain of Hope.

To date, the Shaggy & Friends Make a Difference Foundation has raised a total of JA $57,000,000 (US$650,000), which has gone towards providing vital and life-saving equipment for the island’s sole paediatric hospital.

This year the concert features a interesting mix of local and international acts including Half Pint, Coco Tea, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin, Wayne Marshall, Mr Vegas, Tami Chynn and Gyptian.

Packer notes that patrons can expect the usual high standard, both in terms of performances on stage, as well as the look and feel of the venue.

“We have worked to create an all-round concert experience for patrons, whether they are in our silver, gold or platinum sections. These includes an impressive choice of food, drink and overall décor.”

One major change in this year’s event is the elimination of the sit-down five-course meal for patrons in the upscale platinum section. But, Packer explains that patrons in this section will still be privy to choice food and drink, as well as participate in the fund-raising auction.

Source: Jamaica Observer

Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011

Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

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For more information contact Jozette at 340.226.4503 or email

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Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

LIATI Project: Believe | Video

“Believe” the first single from the L.I.A.T.I. (Love Is All There Is) Projects from the Stop the Bleeding Foundation festures music from popular and rising Virgin Islands musicians. The lineup includes Rena Faith, Pressure Buss Pipe, Elijah Vegas, Verse Simmonds, Raynaldo Canton (TSR), and Mada Nile. Set to an uptempo motivational beat the track seeks to inspire the youth to strive for better. Filmed on St. Croix by Mike Nissman of Aqua Media Films. Stop the Bleeding is a non-profit organization headed by Mrs. Cheryl Francis in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

– @JozBiz


Selita Ebanks & Bevy Smith: Host Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch Honoring Shine On Sierra Leone –

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 3: Selita Ebanks, Bevy Smith and LeToya Luckett attends Brunch with Bevy presented by Belvedere in honor of Selita Ebanks Charity

Selita Ebanks and Bevy Smith Host Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch Honoring Shine On Sierra Leone (photos).

Caymanian supermodel Selita Ebanks, Bevy Smith and LeToya Luckett attends Brunch with Bevy presented by Belvedere in honor of Selita Ebanks Charity ‘Shine on Sierra Leone’.

Nia Long Gives Back to Children in the Caribbean

Nia Long is an advocate of helping underprivileged children in the Caribbean by providing them essential school supplies such as backpacks, books, writing utensils and even cereal. While Long’s star has been illuminating the Hollywood scene since her memorable roles in Boyz N the Hood, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and Love Jones, she has been simultaneously brightening the lives of children by providing these basic necessities of education. Long’s on-screen characters always seem to exemplify the caring and sentimental element of the black woman, however, it’s apparent her on screen characters reflect who she is when the lights of Hollywood and cameras are nowhere to be found.

On Saturday, May 28, Long again visited the ritzy Bel-Air neighborhood, but this time she wasn’t visiting her “Fresh Prince” boyfriend Will Smith. Long was in Bel-Air to use her star power by joining efforts with the Children of the Caribbean Foundation (COTC) and their Every Child Matters campaign by helping raise money for underprivileged children and poor schools in the Caribbean region. The Foundation is hosting its first educational fundraiser the –“EVERY CHILD MATTERS 5K Run/Walk” – Saturday June 4, 2011 on the California Loyola Marymount University campus. When asked about her participation in the run/walk, Long stated that “I will be walking due to doctor’s orders!” as she is showing signs of a baby bump.

The Founder/Executive Director of the foundation Rosie Hodge-Adams stated that their mission has already begun to resonate among the Hollywood elite. At this time, the “Every Child Matters” Run/Walk has obtained celebrity endorsements from Nia Long actress/board member, actor Eric Close – CBS Without a Trace, and FOX TV- American Idol Judge Randy Jackson. Go to for more info!

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