The 15th annual Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation Gala ‘Jamrock’ took place on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Palais Royale in Toronto. The event’s theme celebrated One Love, the inclusiveness of all cultures, races, and genders joining together to ‘be the change’ in the country they love.
The event organizers had the safety of all attendees in mind. As a result, this year’s event was significantly reduced in capacity with an intimate gathering of approximately 100 guests. However, the foundation was still able to raise $125,000! This is an incredible achievement and a true testament to the dedication and philanthropic spirit of their supporters.
Guests and sponsors united to make a difference while celebrating the culture, food, and music the beautiful country of Jamaica offers. The Gala honoured the life and legacy of Founding Board Member Denise Jones with a touching tribute.
Denise was an iconic figure in the Jamaican Canadian community, the world of reggae and entertainment, producing and promoting many top artists. She was also instrumental in developing the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation serving on the Board for almost 15 years. Her passion for supporting the children of Jamaica by providing much-needed access to
education in the most vulnerable communities was inspirational. An incredibly touching moment came when Denise’s son Jesse Jones, Host of the ‘Bachelor in Paradise Canada’, spoke about his mom and accepted the Denise Jones Tribute Award.
Additional special guests included Founder of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization Orlando Bowen, Canadian Television Journalist, Host CBC Toronto News Dwight Drummond, Consul Nicole Bailey, attending on behalf of Lincoln G. Downer Consul-General, Consulate General of Jamaica, Founder and Chairman Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation Karl Hale, CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Board Member Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation Bruce Croxon.