“The Christmas and New Year season is usually about giving and that is exactly what the Shaggy and Friends Foundation intends on doing to ring in the new year,” said Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell at Wednesday’s press launch at the Bustamante Hospital for Children for the Shaggy and Friends 2010 concert.
Last year saw the inaugural staging of the Shaggy and Friends dinner, auction and concert which featured the likes of Macy Gray, Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel, Etana and Shaggy himself gracing the stage to a memorable concert. This was considered to be one of the most memorable events in 2009 and proceeds totalling US$250,000 from the event donated to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. “Our intention on the second staging of the concert is to at least double the amount,” Shaggy added.
On January 2, 2010 the lawns of Jamaica House will be bubbling with excitement with the second staging of this prestigious event. “This event will be worth your time, attendance and contributions,” says managing director of Wisynco Group William Mahfood, who is a major sponsor of the Shaggy and Friends concert. The show will feature some of the best in the music industry such as Machel Montano, Half Pint, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Joe, Sanchez, Papa San, Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Shaggy among others.
Also speaking at the launch was Senior Medical Officer Dr Sonia Henry, who says that the hospital staff and patients are extremely grateful for the assistance received from the Shaggy and Friends Foundation. “This hospital sees at least 80 thousand children per year so there is a need for the staff to be equipped with the necessary medical machines and we are overjoyed when the foundation stepped in and supply us with some of the equipment needed,” Dr Henry stated.
According to Shakti’s boss Sharon McConnell-Feanny, while attending the concert earlier this year she was moved and decided that she had to play her part in contributing to Shaggy’s foundation. She and her team then decided to have a Shakti Lovefest at the Terra Nova Hotel. This festival included a day of spinning, yoga, fitness and motivational speakers from across the globe. McConnell-Feanny on Wednesday handed over a cheque of $4.5 million, the proceeds made from the Shakti Lovefest to the Shaggy and Friends Foundation. Other corporate companies such as Digicel, Wisynco Group, Scotia Bank, Sagicor, Stewart’s Automotive, KFC among others also handed over cheques to the foundation totalling 11 million dollars as well.
This year a super all-inclusive $30,000 diamond ticket with skybox and all the trappings has been added. Prices for platinum, gold and silver tickets will be $20,000, 10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Tickets are available at LG Service Station, Sun Island Outlets (islandwide), Liguanea Drug and Garden Pharmacy, Music Mart andd Susie’s Bakery.