The Lynne Mitchell Foundation, a nonprofit diaspora organization in the United States, whose mission is to support the educational needs of underprivileged children in Jamaica, raised over US $100,000 or approximately $12 million JMD at its fifth-annual Philanthropic Gala for the Seaview Primary School in Southfield, St. Elizabeth.
Hosted in support of the school’s expansion program, the funds from the Gala will go towards building out a new computer room that will give greater exposure to students in the area of Information Technology. The existing classroom facilities will also be upgraded to better accommodate the needs of the growing school population and to purchase various teaching aids and materials. Marlene Gordon, president of the Lynne Mitchell Foundation praised the turnout and support of its members.
We are always so impressed and so very grateful at the turnout and amount of support we receive, this is our fifth-annual gala and each year surpasses the one before in terms of a sense of community and willingness to give back and make a difference. It is truly inspiring to see.
Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, who was the special guest at the Gala held under the theme “A Night at the Masquerade Ball”, added her commendation:
Through the generosity and support of The Lynne Mitchell Foundation, and everyone who attended, many students will have improved learning conditions and more educational resources. The difference that will make in the students’ lives and communities as a whole is irreplaceable.
In addition to the donations, the Foundation awarded four students from the Seaview Primary School with a US $3,000 (JMD $380,000) high school scholarship through its annual scholarship program. The Foundation also donated brand new back-packs filled with school supplies to every student at the school at the beginning of every school year.
The Lynne Mitchell Foundation was created in 2012 by President Marlene Gordon to honor the memory of her mother, Lynne Mitchell and to continue her legacy of “growing love… one act at a time.” The foundation focuses on underprivileged children in the rural community on the island of Jamaica where Mitchell was born and raised.