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Annual Gala | Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Jamaica Foundation of Houston cordially invites you to our Annual Independence Gala celebrating Jamaica’s 57th year of independence. Every year, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston hosts a formal affair with dinner, dance, and silent auction. The Gala is our preeminent social and fundraising event of the year.

Tickets are $75 presale and $80 at the door. Visit one of our ticket outlets or buy your ticket on


The Gala venue is the Red Oak Ballroom (at Norris Conference Centers)–816 Town and Country Blvd, #210, Houston, TX 77024–just a few miles from the Energy Corridor and Westchase District. It is located in CityCentre, a premiere place for shopping, dining, entertainment and hotel accommodations.

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Honorable R. Oliver Mair, Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, will be our keynote speaker at the gala. He is responsible for consular affairs in 13 States of the Southern USA, as well as Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

Khambrel Marshall, Journalist, Meteorologist, Community Leader and Volunteer, is our Master of Ceremony for the gala.

Musical entertainment is by local group Galaxy Band

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Annual Scholarship Luncheon | May 18, 2019

The Jamaica Foundation of Houston Annual Scholarship Luncheon was held May 18, 2019, with guest speaker Dr. Shaun Smart, Assistant Professor of Neurology at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas. Dr. Smart referenced philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” in his inspirational speech to scholarship recipients. He illustrated how self-sufficiency, unlike conformity, led him to true independence. He saw the essence of self reliance as hope and optimism.

Image result for scholarshipTen exceptional college students and high school graduates in the Houston metropolitan area earned scholarships, thanks to sole individuals, individuals with company matching funds, and corporate sponsors who have been and remain the backbone of the funding for the annual awards.

Thanks to those who bought luncheon tickets and or raffle tickets. A raffle drawing was held at the luncheon.

image.pngFirst place: iPad

Second place: Large-format television

Third place: Dinner for two at Caribbean Cuisine



4th Annual White Party | May 4, 2019

The White Party is one of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston’s annual fundraising events, graciously hosted by Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill restaurant and event venue in Southwest Houston. Proceeds from this event supports the scholarship program.

Each year, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston’s Scholarship Program provides financial assistance, based on academic performance and family financial need to college students. Through the years, from the inception of the Scholarship program in 1985, the Jamaica Foundation and it’s predecessor organization has awarded more than 165 scholarships. Recipients have gone on to graduate and become respected professionals in their chosen communities.

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Youth Cooking Class

IMG_0515.JPGThe Jamaica Foundation of Houston’s Youth Group participated in a cooking class hosted by Ms. Ina Foster, longtime member of the Foundation and former owner of the first Caribbean restaurant in Houston. Ms. Foster started Caribbean Cuisine in southwest Houston over 35 years ago to serve a need in the Jamaican community. She served the Caribbean community for over 29 years. In her retirement, she continues to give her time to the Foundation cultural and scholarship programs.

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Jamaican author and Man Book Prize winner, Marlon James, in Houston

In light of Black History Month, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston attended a reading by Jamaican author and Man Book Prize winner, Marlon James, on February 10 @ 7:30 pm at the Palmer >> Memorial Episcopal Church.



Martin Luther King, Jr., Grande Parade

MLK Grande ParadeThe Jamaica Foundation of Houston participated in the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Grande Parade on January 21, 2019. The youth group dressed in national costume and marched alongside foundation members and supporters on this important occasion. Join us next year!


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The Jamaica Foundation of Houston hosts the following upcoming events:


The Jamaica Foundation of Houston hosts the following core events annually:

  • White Party – April
  • Scholarship Luncheon – May
  • Jamaica Independence Gala – Summer
  • Jamaica Community Family Picnic – Summer
  • Annual Election – November
  • Christmas Party – December

The Community Picnic and the Christmas party are open to all free of cost!

*Ja-Ga Reggae Fest – Jamaica-Galveston Festival – Spring


Members and friends of the Jamaica Foundation send condolences to Errol Anglin and family for the passing of Mr. Anglin’s beloved mother on July 16, 2019. Mr. Anglin is the current Treasurer and former President of the Jamaica Foundation. He has served the Jamaican and Greater Houston Community well for many years. This is an emotional time and our prayers are with the family.

With heartfelt sympathy, we send condolences to family and friends of Mr. Ernest Byles, born January 3, 1934 and passed away on May 11, 2019. He is originally from Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica. Service will be held May 31, 2019.

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Dr. Roger McNeill, MD, who passed away Tuesday. He is highly respected for his years of service in the medical community and contributions to the Jamaica Foundation of Houston as well as the greater Houston community. Dr. McNeill will most certainly be remembered well by his community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.