Contributed by Donna Marie


Friends of Mustard Seed Communities is hosting its 22nd Annual Benefit Luncheon on September 30, 2012 at the New York Hilton Hotel and, like many charitable organizations these days, this organization needs your help more than ever.

Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a nonprofit organization that began in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities who had been abandoned or orphaned to the streets of Jamaica. Now over 30 years after its founding, MSC cares for over 600 children in 14 communities, throughout JamaicaNicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe and strives to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable members of our society by improving the economic, social and spiritual conditions of the communities we serve. Our aim is to make a difference in the lives of children who were abandoned, children that have disabilities, children with HIV/AIDS, teens that are pregnant and alone, and others.  Check out the website for greater detail on MSC’s work and efforts to help vulnerable children and their families.

I invite you to support their work and efforts to help vulnerable children and their families.  To do this simply go to Mustard Seed’s website to purchase tickets or make a donation. Your contribution will make all the difference in the world!

The event will honor three notable New Yorkers for their continued and dedicated efforts to support Mustard Seed Communities and the needy in the world: 

  • Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, Director, Breast Services South Manhattan Network NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Mr. Patrick Jolly, President of Tower Isle Frozen Foods
  • The Reverend Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, Priest for Pastoral Care and Nurture at Trinity Church on Wall Street, Manhattan

Reverend Bozzuti-Jones will also serve as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. The Jazz duo of soloist Tuliva-Donna Cumberbatch and pianist Donald Smith will entertain Luncheon attendees with their jazz melodies during the meal. This year’s fashion must-haves show curated by Walter Green – The Global Fashion Connection will showcase designers from Africa, The Caribbean and The Americas.  For the first time, this year’s luncheon will be followed by dancing with DJ Runner spinning favorite tunes from today and yesterday. In addition to a variety of silent auction items, the popular Friends of Mustard Seed Raffle drawing will be conducted at the luncheon.  This year’s grand prize is a three night stay for two at the new Jewel Dunn’s River Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios with airfare on JetBlue Airways.  Contribution for raffle tickets: $5.00 each, $25.00 for a book of six tickets.