HONOREES

The American Friends of Jamaica honors individuals and/or organizations that have distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership in their service to Jamaica, particularly through exemplary contributions in the fields of economic development, philanthropy and strengthening the bonds of friendship between the US and Jamaica. The AFJ awards the International Humanitarian Award and the AFJ International Achievement Award.

2017

South Florida Gala – William Mahfood, Chairman of Wisynco Group Ltd.;
Lignum Vitae Award – Dr. Kevin Coy, Miami International Cardiology Consultants & Cheryl Wynter, Consulate General of Jamaica

2016

New York Gala – Robert W. Pittman, Chairman & CEO of iHeartMedia Inc.; Gary “Butch” Hendrickson – Chairman & CEO of Continental Baking Company Ltd.
South Florida Gala – Hon. Lascelles Chin OJ, CD, Executive Chairman of LASCO Group of Affiliated Companies;
Lignum Vitae Award – Marlon Hill Esq., Attorney, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel and Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward School District

2015

New York Gala – Hon. Dennis Lalor, Chairman ICWI & Lowell Hawthorne, President & CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill
South Florida Gala – Richard O. Byles, President & CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica & Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, Founder of Mustard Seed Communities.

2014

New York Gala – Hon. Kenneth S. Benjamin, Chairman, Guardsman Group Ltd.
South Florida Gala –  Dr. Robert E. Levy, Chairman Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies

2013

New York Gala – Miguel Fluxa Rossello, Executive Chairman Grupo Iberostar
South Florida Gala Thalia Lyn – CEO & Managing Director, Island Grill & Glen Mills O. D. , Coach Racers Track Club

2012

New York Gala – David “Dave” Barger, President & CEO, JetBlue Airways
South Florida Gala – Dr. Maurice William Facey, Chairman, PanJamaican and Mrs. Valerie Facey, Publisher

2011

New York Gala – Denis O’Brien, Chairman Digicel
South Florida Gala – Orville “Shaggy” Burrell, Founder, Shaggy Foundation

2010

New York Gala – Sanya Richards Ross, Track & Field Athlete
South Florida Gala – Jamaica National Building Society, Mr. Earl Jarrett, Managing Director

2009

New York Gala
 – Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson
5th Anniversary South Florida Peacock Ball – 
Mrs. Michele Rollins, Philanthropist & President, Rollins Jamaica, Ltd.

2008

New York Gala – 
Lennox Lewis, Heavyweight Boxing Champion
South Florida Gala, ‘The Peacock Ball’
 – Father Richard Ho Lung, Missionaries of the Poor
Phillip Gore, Gore Developments and Tennis Jamaica


2007

New York Gala
 – Louise and Edgar Cullman, Philanthropists
South Florida Gala, ‘The Peacock Ball’– 
Tony Hart, Hart Investments
Food for the Poor, International Relief Organization


2006

25th Anniversary Gala
 – Chris Blackwell, Founder, Island Records, Island Outpost and Palm Pictures
South Florida Gala
 – Hon. Oliver F. Clarke, O.J., The Gleaner Company
Diageo Corporation

2005

New York Gala
 – Grace, Kennedy & Co. Western Union International
South Florida Inaugural Gala
 – Monsignor Richard Albert, Founder, St. Patrick’s Foundation, Royal Caribbean Cruises

2004

Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman, National Commercial Bank, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AIC Limited

2003

Debra Steigerwaldt Waller, Chairman & CEO, Jockey International, Inc.
Christopher Ohrstrom, Proprietor, Adelphi Wallpaper

2002

Ralph Lauren, Life Style Designer
Ricky Lauren, Photographer & Author
Dorothy Carter Bradford, Chair, Project Help Jamaica

2001

**Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, O.M., International Entertainer
“I Three” Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowott, Reggae Entertainers
** Mrs. Martha (Poppi) Thomas, HumanitarianGeorge deMercado, Marketing Executive, Air Jamaica

2000

Edward C. Emma, President, Jockey International
John D. Lynch, VP Sales World/Wide, Unique Vacations (Sandals)
Guy T. Stuart II, Chair, Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club

1999

Hon. Charles B. Rangel, US House of Representatives
Maj. Gen. Donald S. Dawson, USAF Ret., Chairman Emeritus AFJ

1998

Harry Belafonte, Entertainer-Humanitarian
Sunny and Sydney Engel, Chair of MoBay Hope Medical Center
Josef Forstmayor, Managing Director Round Hill Hotel & Villas

1997

David Buntzman, Chair, Strategic Development Concepts, AFJ Director
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Levy, Owners, Trident Resort Hotel
Heinz Simonitsch, Managing Director, Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club

1996

Elizabeth J. Coleman, President, Maiden Form
Horace C. Hord Jr., Dir., Atlantic & Caribbean, American Airlines
Noel Mignott, Deputy Director, Jamaica Tourist Board

1995

Amb. & Mrs. Glen A. Holden, US Ambassador, Chair, AFJ
Mr. and Mrs. Karl B. Rodney, Publishers, Carib News
Eli Steinbuch, Pres. Zim Lines. N. A.

1994

Elynor A. Williams, V.P. Public Affairs, Sara Lee Corp.
*Hon. Gloria D. Knight, O.J., C.D. Pres., Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Co.
Allen Klinger/Michael Berman/Sidney Freedom-Apparel Contractor

1993

Claudio A. Geiger, Pres., International Div., Sherwin Williams Co.
John Joseph Issa, C.D., J.P., Chairman, SuperClubs

1992

William R. Rhodes, Vice Chair, Citicorp
Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chair & CEO, Sandals Resorts

1991

*Trammell Crow, Chair, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Inc.
Rafael Hernandez-Colon, Governor, Puerto Rico

1990

Heinz H. Huebner, President, Coca Cola Interamerican
*John W. Rollins, Sr., Chair, Rollins Jamaica

1989

Stanley S. Hubbard, Chair, Hubbard Broadcasting
Americares, Non-Profit Humanitarian Organization/Hurricane Relief
Kraft/General Mills/Hurricane Relief

1988

*Hon. Dr. Carlton Alexander, O.J., C.D., Chair, Grace Kennedy Ltd.
Howard D. Colley, President, Jockey International Inc.
Hon. David Dinkins, President Borough of Manhattan, NY
*Dulcie Ann S. Sherlock, Chair, Caribbean Hospital Relief Fund

1987

Ronald W. Reagan, President of the United States
Dr. William T. Gaynor, M.D., O.D., Cornwall Regional Hospital
Hon. V. Corrine McLarty, O.J., C.D., Chair JAMPRO
*Madge Sinclair, Jamaican/American Actress

1986

Rt. Hon. Edward P.G. Seaga, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Jamaica
Dr. Wilfred G. Gooden, O.D., Director AFJ
Peter Strauss, President, Jamaica America Chamber of Commerce

1985

Audrey Zauderer Del Rosario, Social and Civic Leader
*H.E. Amb. Loren E. Lawrence, US Ambassador To Jamaica, Chair, AFJ

1984

Mrs. Mitsy Elizabeth Seaga, Former First Lady of Jamaica-Humanitarian

*Deceased
**Presented posthumously