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The Rockhouse Foundation's 12th annual benefit took place last Wednesday, October 19th at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City, raising over $200,000 for the foundation’s work in the Negril Community.  The lively evening included a live auction and Jamaican-inspired dinner created in collaboration by Miss Lily’s Chef de Cuisine and Food Network’s Caribbean "Chopped" Champion Andre Fowles (who the Jamaica Observer recently named “Chef of the Year” and “Culinary Ambassador of Jamaica”), along with Chef Andrew Carmellini's Kitchen at Joe's Pub & The Library. The evening culminated with a special live performance by famed reggae singer Tarrus Riley with legendary saxophonist Dean Frazer. 

Approximately 190 guests came out to support the Rockhouse Foundation including Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans and Chairman of Jamaica's Early Childhood Commission, Trisha Williams-Singh. This year's benefit raised $207,360 to help support the Rockhouse Foundation’s current project of building Western Jamaica's first special needs early childhood school. Located in Savanna-La-Mar, this school will finally cater to a severely marginalized population of special needs children and their families, who until now, have not received the proper attention and training that they deserve. Construction of the school is in full swing, and they are anticipating a full enrollment of approximately 100 children, ages 3-5, by September 2017. 

Additionally, the money raised at the event will help provide ongoing support and maintenance for the Foundation’s five other primary and early childhood schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Pre-K School, Negril All-Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All-Age and Pre-K School and Bunch of Stars Early Childhood School - and it has also renovated and expanded the Negril Community Library.


Each October, the Rockhouse Foundation hosts its Annual Benefit, an evening of celebration featuring a dinner, a musical performance and live auction to benefit the children of Jamaica. The proceeds of the event fund the ongoing work of the Rockhouse Foundation in the Negril Area of Jamaica; as well as the 2016 project, the construction of the first school of its kind in Jamaica, an inclusion model special needs early childhood school. For inquiries email:


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Thank you so much for all your support for the Foundation in purchasing raffle tickets in this inaugral annual fundraiser. We raised over $30,000 for the raffle which is an awesome first year thanks to your generoisity. Congratulations to our winners! 


A big thank you to the Island Gigs team and Diane Pelis for organizing the fundraising efforts at this years Island concert series in St.Ann, Jamaica that raised $4000 usd and collected a host of school supplies. Thank you!