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Jamaican Nationals Association 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

September 15 @ 8:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm


Jamaican Nationals Association of Metro DC Celebrates 50 Years of Community Service Washington, DC, USA

The elegantly decorated Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA will be the venue for the 50th Anniversary Dinner and Gala for the Jamaican Nationals Association of Metro DC (JNA)


The Gala, in collaboration with the Embassy of Jamaica, is the culminating event marking JNA’s 50th anniversary with theme

“Celebrating 50 Years of Service and Embracing Change.”

Since its inception in 1969, JNA has been serving the Jamaican community both in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and back home in Jamaica. As part of this landmark celebration, JNA will be hosting a week of events leading up to their Gala on Saturday,September 21,2019 at 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The schedule of events will include a Church Service at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 11040 Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville, MD 20705 on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America, will be in attendance.


Caribbean-born Maureen Bunyan, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. The Honorable Keith (K. D.) Knight, OJ, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Founding President of JNA will be the keynote speaker. Invited guests include past officers of JNA, members and friends, Jamaican-based non-profits and elected officials. Music to dance the night away will be provided by Image Band and DJ Paul Mac. Awards will be presented to JNA Founders, past presidents, outstanding community service volunteers and longtime leadership service members. Senator Shirley Nathan Pulliam, Franklin W. Knight, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor at the John’s Hopkins University, and Doreen Thompson, Esq. will be awarded for community service.


Grand prize in the raffle drawing will be a one-week stay for two at the Jewel Grande Luxury All-inclusive Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Three more major prizes, consolation and door prizes will be drawn. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit charities in the U.S.A. and Jamaica.


For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information about JNA, the 50th Anniversary Gala and upcoming events, please visit the website at www.jnaofdc.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jnadc.org. Telephone contacts: Dr. Elaine Knight, JNA President (215.512.8651) and Jennifer Asher (202.250.4521).

Tickets are $120.00 per person which includes reception, full-service dinner, entertainment, band and DJ, souvenir journal and giveaways.


JNA is looking forward to your support of this memorable event. 

The Jamaican Nationals Association, Inc. (JNA) unites persons of Jamaican heritage and their friends to maintain and promote Jamaican culture and heritage and provides educational and charitable support to persons of Jamaican heritage in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, other US-Jamaican communities, and in Jamaica.



September 15 @ 8:00 am
September 21 @ 5:00 pm
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