Annual Benefit at the Public Theater

Behind the doors of Public Theatre at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday October 23rd 2019, something special was brewing…

It was, of course, the Rockhouse Foundation’s 15th Annual Benefit. And the only thing better than Ky-Mani Marley’s performance was the $250,000 raised to aid education in WESTERN JAMAICA. The event’s expenses were ENTIRELY underwritten by Rockhouse, Skylark and Miss Lily’s so that every dollar will go towards transforming the lives of the children of Jamaica.

A well dressed crowd stepped into Joe’s Pub brandishing bright orange paddles for the auction led by founding board member Lauri Freedman. The guests swirled rosemary infused gin and tonics while eyeing the competition for the prizes to the Rockhouse Hotel and its newly opened sister, the Skylark Negril Beach Resort.

Everyone came out a winner — it was a night of dancing, laughter, and even some tears of emotion as Chairman Paul Salmon and President Peter Rose introduced a new video of the foundation’s work. Physical therapist Halleah Addiman made the crowd misty eyed when she showed a video of a young boy able to take his first real steps because of the Foundation’s work at the Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy

The generous donors discussed their prizes over plates of grilled lamb and a burrata and squash appetizer. The menu was a collaboration by Chef Marcus Samuelsson, together with Miss Lily’s Culinary Director Adam Schop and Executive Chef, Jamaica’s own Andre Fowles and Chef John Ramirez from Andrew Carmellini’s Kitchen at Joe’s Pub & The Library.

New board member, Jamaican born Sean Legister gave a heartfelt speech about his connection to the foundation and its work in Jamaica. Afterwards, Paul Issa, Chairman of the Issa Foundation gave a thank-you speech on behalf of the people of Jamaica.

And to close the night Ky-Mani Marley bellowed his father’s great song “One Love,” a feeling that encapsulated the whole evening.


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