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The 2024 “Save the date for the 2024 “For The Children” Charity Gala in the heart of New York City! Join us on May 11, 2024, at the exquisite Cipriani 42nd Street for an unforgettable evening hosted by the Issa Trust Foundation.

Save the date for the 2024 “For The Children” Charity Gala in the heart of New York City! Join us on May 11, 2024, at the exquisite Cipriani 42nd Street for an unforgettable evening hosted by the Issa Trust Foundation.


Immerse yourself in an enchanting night filled with delectable dinner, captivating dancing, an enticing silent auction, featuring our Goodwill Reggae Ambassadors Third World & Friends, with special guests Luciano and Grammy Award Winner Gramps Morgan.

The proceeds from this event will support the ongoing operational expenses of the Mary Issa Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center near Ocho Rios. The center aims to provide not only pediatric but also adolescent services, specialty clinics, mental health support, vision and hearing tests, and primary care. Additionally, the center will facilitate rotation programs for doctors to collaborate with local Jamaican doctors.


Dear Friends,

As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to provide life-saving resources to the children of Jamaica, we are hosting our second New York event on May 11 at elegant Cipriani’s 42nd Street, featuring our goodwill reggae ambassadors Third World and with special guests Luciano and Gramps Morgan. Tickets are US$600 per person, including drinks, dinner, dancing, silent auction, and entertainment.

The event will begin at 7pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 8pm. We expect to host 500 people, seated at tables of 10. The entertainment will start at 9:30pm, followed by dancing, and the evening will end at 11:30pm.

100% of the funds raised will go to the ongoing expenses of the Mary Issa Pediatric and Adolescent Health Centre in St Ann, Jamaica.

We expect to attract many of Couples Resorts’ repeat guests from the Eastern States, and good attendance both from members of the Jamaican diaspora in the New York area as well as Jamaicans who will come up for the event. We have secured reduced rates at a choice of midtown hotels for the weekend.

We have designed several sponsorship packages for your consideration and invite you to review the attached deck to learn more about this opportunity. Your sponsorship will help us in our ongoing mission to better the lives of the most vulnerable among us – Jamaica’s young people. For more information please contact me at 1-876-361-0707, Diane Pollard at 1-515-480-1683, or Alex Ghisays at 1-876-361-4762.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Paul Issa Chairman

Event Schedule:

6:30 pm: Cocktail hour

8:00 pm: Dinner

9:00 pm: Show and Dancing

Event concludes at 11:30 pm

Event Brochure:


Be part of this meaningful cause and contribute to the well-being of children and adolescents in need. We look forward to your presence at this impactful gala!


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Our next large project is to construct and operate a new pediatric and adolescent health facility, the Mary Issa Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center, in the Ocho Rios area of Jamaica – the first of its kind in this region. The health center is named after Paul Issa’s grandmother, Mary Brimo Issa, who, in the late 19th century, came to Jamaica with her family from Damascus, Syria. In 1900 she met and married his grandfather, Elias Abraham Issa, another immigrant, from Bethlehem, in Palestine. Mary Brimo Issa devoted to children her whole life and took care of many children apart from her own – fostering them, seeing that they had medical care, seeing to their education.

The 9,000 square foot health center will fill a critical healthcare gap in the St. Mary and St. Ann by providing primary care for children and adolescents in an atmosphere that engages both patients and families that address physical, mental, and social support needs. In addition to offering preventative and curative pediatric care and adolescent services, the Centre plans to operate specialty clinics such as cardiology, nephrology, mental health support, oncology, as well as providing free vision screening and glasses if needed and hearing tests. The Centre will also serve children and adolescents from other regions on the island, as well as offer rotation programs for U.S. doctors to partner with local Jamaican doctors.

Jamaica has one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancies in the English-speaking Caribbean. Mental health represents an outstanding challenge! The Global School Health Survey showed that one out of every four students had considered suicide. Jamaica lags international standards with respect to its capacity to deliver mental health services to its population.

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Clearing the land at the future site of the Mary Issa Pediatric and Adolescent Health Centre, in Richmond, St Ann Leaving the world a better place for future generations through health and education of our children.

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