AFJ hon­ours Hen­drick­son, Pittman

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

THE AMER­I­CAN Friends of Ja­maica, Inc (AFJ) cel­e­brated over 34 years of giv­ing help to those in need in Ja­maica.

The 2016 Hum­ming­bird Gala and Ben­e­fit was held on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 5 at the Plaza Ho­tel at 768 Fifth Av­enue, New York City. This year’s fundrais­ing event paid trib­ute to Robert W. Pittman, and Gary ‘Butch’ Hen­drick­son. Th­ese two es­teemed re­cip­i­ents were awarded the AFJ In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award – the Hum­ming­bird Award.

Pittman is chair­man and CEO of iHeartMe­dia, Inc, a lead­ing global me­dia, dig­i­tal and en­ter­tain­ment com­pany, which in­cludes iHeartMe­dia, which has the largest reach of any broad­caster in Amer­ica and is also a ma­jor dig­i­tal and so­cial plat­form, and Clear Chan­nel Out­door, with over 650,000 dis­plays in over 35 coun­tries. Pittman is also a found­ing mem­ber of Pi­lot Group, LLC, a New York pri­vate in­vest­ment firm. He is the co-founder and pro­gram­mer who led the team that cre­ated MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Net­works, AOL Net­works, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quan­tum Me­dia, Cen­tury 21 Real Es­tate, and Time Warner En­ter­prises, and was also chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Amer­ica On­line, Inc, and later of AOL Time Warner.

CEO OF CON­TI­NEN­TAL BAK­ING

Hen­drick­son is chair­man and CEO of Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany Lim­ited and Coconut Bay Beach Re­sort and Spa in Vieux Fort, St Lu­cia. Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany pro­vides em­ploy­ment for ap­prox­i­mately 800 per­sons in Ja­maica, while Coconut Bay is an all-in­clu­sive, 254-room ho­tel. Ad­di­tion­ally, he chairs the board of the EXIM Bank, is a vice-pres­i­dent of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica and a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the Bank of Ja­maica and Rain­for­est Seafoods. He sits Gary ‘Butch’ Hen­drick­son (left) and Bob Pittman re­ceive the 2016 Amer­i­can Friends of Ja­maica Hu­man­i­tar­ian Awards

on the the King’s House Foun­da­tion and serves as pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil of Vol­un­tary So­cial Ser­vices in Ja­maica and is also a for­mer di­rec­tor of Des­noes & Ged­des Lim­ited and Kingston Wharves Lim­ited.

Hen­drick­son ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in pro­grammes fo­cused on

early-child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing in Ja­maica and is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to char­i­ties such as the Mus­tard Seed Com­mu­ni­ties, Laws Street Trade Train­ing Cen­tre, Food For The Poor and St Pa­trick’s Foun­da­tion, among many oth­ers.

The Hum­ming­bird Gala was held at the Plaza Ho­tel, a his­toric

land­mark in New York City lo­cated across from Cen­tral Park in Man­hat­tan. Pa­trons of the gala were treated to an evening be­gin­ning with a cock­tail re­cep­tion and si­lent auc­tion, fol­lowed by din­ner in the grand ball­room, an ex­quis­ite live auc­tion and a

rol­lick­ing evening of danc­ing. This year’s gala had an ex­cit­ing on­line auc­tion col­lec­tion through a part­ner­ship with Char­i­ty­buzz.

Founded in 1982, the AFJ is a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion built on the prin­ci­ples of ser­vice and phi­lan­thropy and is es­tab­lished to ren­der as­sis­tance in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The AFJ works in a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with Ja­maican or­gan­i­sa­tions and stake­hold­ers to bring about change in the lives of Ja­maicans in need.

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