Wyclef Jean headlined a fundraiser on November 16 organised by the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Miami, the Global Citizen Forum and the Jumby Bay Fund in Antigua, which collaborated to curate an evening of food, entertainment and art with all proceeds directed to the rehabilitation of Barbuda.
Guests of honor included the Governor General, his wife Lady Williams, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne accompanied by his wife Mrs Maria Bird Browne, Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, Armand Arton, the founder of the Global Citizen Forum, and Martin Franklin, founder of Jarden.
Anthony Mackie, the Avengers: Infinity War superstar who was also in attendance said: “I fell in love with Barbuda on my first visit a few years ago. So, from the moment I heard there was a crisis, I knew I had to offer my help.”
The four-course dinner was accompanied by entertainment from sons of the soil – The Strays, Former Miss Antigua Shermain Jeremy and Tessanne Chin, winner of The Voice USA.
After the dinner, the event returned to the goal of giving with a live auction that included a 3-piece Murano glass collection with a two-night stay at the AMAN resort in Venice, Roland Iten credit card holder and an Oliviero Toscani Art to name a few.
Hosted at the Estate House on the private hideaway of Jumby Bay Resort, the fundraiser raised more than US$80,000, towards the acquisition of a 400-Watt Milton Cat generator for Barbuda.
Grammy Award winner and Global Citizen Forum ambassador Wyclef Jean’s performance started out as an intimate acoustic show and ended with a full-blown celebration in honour of Barbuda’s resilience.
“After a fantastic night of dancing till exhaustion, we cannot overlook the generosity of each person who organized and participated in this event,” said Prime Minister Gaston Brown. “It is another welcome step in the direction to achieve our goal of restoring Barbuda together.”
“Truly it was a perfect evening. The ambiance, the company, the vibe, the intimacy and the award-winning entertainment. Such a great night for a worthy cause,” commented Armand Arton.
At this oasis of giving, Wyclef Jean donated his Santana guitar. “This guitar is one of my most precious items,” said Wyclef. The Fugees mastermind holds dear the people of Antigua and Barbuda and is committed to helping the rebuilding efforts.
This event was a continuation of the fundraising efforts by the Global Citizen Forum, which in Montenegro raised more than US$400,000 for the Global Citizen Foundation. Some of the projects currently supported by the foundation are the rebuilding of Barbuda and the Amal Project in Dominica, which was also hit hard by the hurricanes.
Earlier in September this year, Barbuda was hit by a category 5 hurricane “Irma”, which left 95 percent of existing structures damaged.
Ambassador Boustany was exceptionally pleased with the turnout and support and in thanking the attendees, he promised that “Barbuda will rise again”.
About Global Citizen Forum
The Global Citizen Forum seeks to inspire change, provoke innovation, encourage engagement and empower future generations by promoting the concept of global citizenship. Founded by Armand Arton, the event aims to foster dialogue with policymakers and stakeholders as they seek to tackle the world’s pressing issues. Previous events were held in Dubai, Toronto and Monaco, Sveti with great success and critical praise. www.globalcitizenforum.org
About Jumby Bay Fund
The Jumby Bay Fund was established in April 2014 to support a wide array of charitable projects in Antigua. Its mission is to ensure that vital community, conservation and educational needs are identified and addressed. A non-profit association led by a Board of Directors comprised of Jumby Bay Island homeowners, the fund’s charitable projects are direct recipients of 100% of the contributions from donors. www.jumbybayfund.com.