“TEACH DI YUTES” YEAR END CAMPAIGN
Without our regular fundraising events this year we have establishing this campaign as the primary source for underwriting our activities for the next year. The funds raised will underwrite our Food Security, Online and In Person Learning Support, further expansion of the Sav Inclusive School, and Ongoing Programatic and Maintenance Support for our Partner Schools.
COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
2020 Negril, Jamaica
In response to COVID related emergency challenges the Rockhouse Foundation in March began weekly distributions of food staples to our most vulnerable families at our partner schools. Through our on-the-ground network we are prioritizing the most desperate families. With your help we broadened this initiative to include more families at the each of our partner schools and have been maintaining food supplied critical for over 1000 people in our school communities.
All children everywhere deserve food security and the Rockhouse Foundation community came out in full support of our first GoFundMe campaign, breaking through the US$100,000 goal we had set to underwrite this program for 2020. See More
MARCUS SAMUELSSON DINNER AT SKYLARK
December 2019 Negril, Jamaica
What would you say Ethiopia and Jamaica have in common? A whole lot more after Sunday, December 29 when Ethiopian-born chef Marcus Samuelsson hosted an Ethopian-Jamaican fusion four-course meal for the annual Rockhouse Foundation’s Benefit Dinner! The dinner took place at the iconic Miss Lily’s’ restaurant’s new outpost in Negril, in none other than Skylark, the newly opened spunky younger-sister property of Rockhouse. The evening’s menu was a face-off between the two countries’ cuisines, but the real winning ticket was the over- J$4 million (US$30,000) raised by guests for the Rockhouse Foundation’s initiative to improve education in western Jamaica. See More
ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER AT THE PUBLIC THEATER
October 2019 NYC
This year the Rockhouse Foundation continued its run of ever more successful Annual Benefits at our 15th annual dinner and performance at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City. With Rockhouse, Skylark and Miss Lily’s paying all the event’s expenses, US$250,000 was raised to support the Foundation’s ambitious project establishing Jamaica’s first and only inclusion model school where typical learners and children with special needs learn side-by-side in the same classrooms. The evening was full of great vibes, including live auction amazing travel prizes to the Rockhouse Hotel and its newly opened beach resort ‘Skylark’. See More
RAFFLE DRAW & SPRING DINNER AT MISS LILY’S
May 2019 NYC
Thanks to all those who so generously supported the Rockhouse Foundation Raffle and Spring Dinner. We raised over US$60,000! Every cent of every contribution goes towards our projects with all costs underwritten by Miss Lily’s, Rockhouse & Skylark Hotels. Special thanks to Rhy Waddington & Sam Whitford, Adam Schop and the Miss Lily’s Team, Tara Harrison and Max Glazer for the music and JetBlue, our longstanding sponsor.
Congratulations to our Spring Raffle drawing winners!
SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP
July 2019 Negril, Jamaica
Conducted every summer for the past 7 years, this 10 day program immerses teenagers as camp counselors at the Moreland Hill Summer School during the days, and exposes the group to community life in Western Jamaica through a series of programed activities. The group stays at Rockhouse and Skylark hotels. Participants work together with a team of local councillors and learn from their interactions with the subsistence farming community of Moreland Hill.
CHEF NINA COMPTON AT SKYLARK
July 2018 Negril Jamaica
On July 28th 2018 Skylark Negril Beach Resort and Chef Andre Fowles, hosted the St Lucian star chef Nina Compton for an intimate 5 course jerk themed dinner benefiting the Rockhouse Foundation. The James Beard Foundation recently named Compton it’s Best Chef: South and she was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2017. The Benefit Dinner raised US$10,000 for the Rockhouse Foundation.
24 HOUR TECHNOLOGY TURN DOWN
May 2018 NYC
Turn “off” your technology and turn “on” technology for school children in Jamaica . The challenge: Turn off all forms of technology for 24 hours, i.e. no video or computer games, television, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, personal emails, phone calls or texting. And our amazing crew of teenagers rose to the challenge and raised over US$30,000. We did make an exception for legitimate work, school projects and emergency telephone use so we didn’t stop all momentum for the kids. Funds raised from the Turn Down supported the Rockhouse Foundation’s technology commitment to its partner schools, as well as the tech build-out of the Jamaica’s first special needs, inclusive model, early childhood school – Sav Inclusive!