Save the Date
1-Sep. Come FREE to our Annual Family Picnic
Bring your children and join us in a sack race, enjoy snow cones, and learn more about our youth group. Join in on a domino session or the popular Ludi /Ludo game of luck and strategy.
20-Sep. Attend our General Meeting.
Learn more about membership, member and sponsor benefits, youth leadership, academic scholarship, and fundraising efforts.
TBD-Oct. 5k Walk/Run
Support the Consul General’s Adopt-a-Clinic in Jamaica initiative
6-Dec. Election & Christmas Party
Link-Up :: Networking
2-Aug. JFH hosted a booth at 1st Fridays Caribbean Style Traffic Blocking Black, Green, and Gold Parking Lot JAM @Uptown Lounge.
JFH promoted our mission, vision, fundraising events, and membership as well as upcoming events.
“Taste of Jamaica” in the foyer
It was an exciting night at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston 2019 Independence Gala!
It was an exciting night at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston 2019 Independence Gala, with honored guests Consul General Honorable R. Oliver Mair, Vice Consul Vance Carter, Community Relations Officer Cheryl Wynter, and JAMPRO Regional Director Vivion Scully!
Thanks to Honorary Consul to Jamaica in Houston Attorney K. Omari Fullerton for the warm reception of our honored guests.
Special thanks to Vice President & Gala Chair Gloria Campbell for chairing the gala.
Thanks to our Master of Ceremony Khambrel Marshall, KPRC-TV/Channel 2 Anchor & Meteorologist.
Gala awards went to two most deserving individuals. John South and Leslie Weir were recognized for their community service and leadership, respectively.
Mr. John South, member of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, received his award for volunteerism and community service. He is always willing to go the extra mile to further the success of the Foundation. Most recently, he and Adrian Samuel drove a rental truck filled with the collection of donated clothing supplies, school uniform and supplies, medical equipment from Houston to Florida. Upon arrival, the duo boxed the supplies into donation boxes and delivered them to the organization, Food For The Poor Inc., to ship to Jamaica’s Mustard Seed Communities. It was Mr. South’s second trip to Florida with a shipment of such to the homeland in the last two years.
Mr. Leslie Weir, President of the Houston Missouri City Domino Club, received his award for leadership. Mr. Weir has served over 10 years as President of the Domino Club and recently accomplished the major goal of acquiring a new building for the Domino Club.
Former scholarship recipient Andre Johnson spoke of the financial relief the scholarship brought him and his gratitude towards the Foundation for its role in his academic journey.
Our 2019 Independence Gala celebrating Jamaica’s 57th year of independence was held on Saturday, July 27 from 7 pm to 1 am at the Red Oak Ballroom in CityCentre.
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.
Thanks to 2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet sponsors! >> View our 2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet
2019 Gala Souvenir Booklet sponsors help to fund our scholarship program. Funding scholarships requires an ongoing and dedicated effort to accomplish the goals set each year. Sole individuals, individuals with company matching funds, and sole corporate sponsorship’s have been and remain the backbone of the funding for our scholarship program as well as cultural initiatives.
The Jamaica Foundation of Houston continues to do good work!
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, proclaimed the Foundation’s dedication and commitment is deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the United States Congress!
We were honored to have Mr. Booker Morris, III, present the Certificate of Congressional Recognition at our 2019 Independence Gala!
Also, Mustard Seed Communities thanked the Foundation for 2017 & 2019 donations of uniforms and for joining them in their mission of caring for the most vulnerable.
We continue strengthening the cultural ties between Caribbean people and the Houston community
Jamaicans and friends of the Caribbean in the Greater Houston community participated in an open dialogue with Consul General to Jamaica Honorable R. Oliver Mair on matters of interest relating to Jamaica and the Diaspora at our recent Town Hall held Friday, July 26 from 6 pm – 9 pm at First Methodist Church, Stansbury Building.
Regional Director Vivion Scully from JAMPRO also shared information about opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector.
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.
Ten 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.
Second place: Large-format television
Third place: Dinner for two at Caribbean Cuisine
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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.
Youth Cooking Class
The Jamaica Foundation of Houston’s Youth Group participated in a cooking class on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The class was 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.
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
The 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:
- CORE ANNUAL 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.