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April 9, 2011

Shaggy to be honored with the 2011 International Humanitarian Award by American Friends of Jamaica today

Shaggy to be honored with 2011 International Humanitarian Award
Shaggy will be honored with the 2011 International Humanitarian Award by the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) at their 7th Annual Peacock Soiree today! The event takes place at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida and it is hosted by Jamaican Ambassador Sue Cobb, the president and the board of directors of the AFJ. Entertainment will be provided by the Jolly Boys. Proceeds of the gala are to benefit Jamaican charities in education, health care and economic development.

The event will take place amidst the tropical elegance of Miami’s Jungle Island with cocktails, dinner and dancing well into the night. The Peacock Soiree promises to be spectacular, chic and fun attracting dignitaries, sport stars and business professionals.

Shaggy has always lived on the premise that “to whom much is given, much is required”. What began as donations of medical equipment and visits to the Bustamente Hospital For Children to distribute gifts during the holidays, paint rooms, donate beds and creation of a garden, developed into the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation. He recruited business associates, fellow recording artists and sponsors to assist in hosting an annual Shaggy & Friends charity event in which all proceeds are donated to the pediatric hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment.

Shaggy also sought other avenues to raise funds; he co-wrote “Shaggy Parrot“, an educational book and cd for children. He sang the voice of the main character and donated his proceeds to charity. Shaggy recorded Save a Life for the Bustamente Hospital for Children and Rise Again for the Digicel Haiti Relief Fund for earthquake victims. Shaggy has remained humble, taking his career in strides. He continues to break down barriers for those who dare to follow in his footsteps.

Jamaican ambassador Sue Cobb, AFJ’s Chairperson comments, “Shaggy is the essence of the charitable spirit we celebrate in our continued support of the Jamaican society and its people. The Peacock Soiree is a celebration of this spirit for all to enjoy while raising funds for good causes”.

Watch some of Shaggy’s charity concert and music videos below!

Shaggy & Friends perform Save a Life at the 2009 Shaggy & Friends Charity concert for the Bustamente Hospital for Children

Shaggy & Friends – Save a Life official music video

Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Etana, Tessanne Chin, Alison Hinds, Shontelle Layne, Edwin Yearwood, David Rudder, Kees Dieffenthaller, Destra Garcia and Belo – Rise Again (for the Digicel Haiti earthquake victims relief fund)

Shaggy & Friends 2010 Public Service Announcement

Shaggy & Friends 2009 Public Service Announcement

Hopeton Lindo, Shaggy, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Courtney John, Peter Gee, Fiona, Sophia Brown and Anthony Cruz – I am Jamaica

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