To benefit the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team
lotta fun mon!
The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team is pushing hard to represent at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Jam will help fund travel and coaching expenses for the team.
Great Jamaican Food - Pig Roast & more
Adult Beverages - Full Bar
Steel Band + Dancing
Dance, Poetry, Storytelling
Bobsleigh Team Members
Live & Silent Auctions
Why a Jamaican boblseigh fundraiser in greenwich?
Good Question mon!
The story behind the Greenwich Jamaican Jam
One of the Jamaican Bobsled Team’s biggest fans happens to live in Greenwich - an outdoorsy Dutch businessman who will occasionally let slip that he’s really Jamaican.
Eyebrows inevitably rise.
But while Louis Van Leeuwen is certainly no Bob Marley, he's genuinely Jamaican - both by birth and heart and soul. His Dutch parents fled Nazi Europe by boat and were welcomed in Jamaica just as Janette Van Leeuwen was due to give birth. Van Leeuwen's deep gratitude drives his desire to give back to his island home.
For Van Leeuwen, (founder of Curry & Kingston Cabinetry & Greenwich Construction) giving back means hosting a Jamaica Bobsleigh Foundation fundraiser for the third year in a row - the hottest event in Greenwich. The Greenwich Jamaican Jam will be held at Riverside Yacht Club on Saturday, June 10. And it's going to rock. This unique party is chock full of Jamaican style food and entertainment, bobsleigh team members to mingle with, and the chance to climb inside, and possibly get stuck in, an actual bobsled.
While there will be both silent and live auctions, this is NOT your ordinary ‘gala’. Entertainment includes event MC Devon Harris, an original member of the 1988 team (the inspiration behind "Cool Runnings"), the steel band Eklipse, plus award-winning Jamaican dance and poetry performances.
Guests should come dressed 'island style' and ready to get their groove on.
Says Van Leeuwen, “this party is one of the highlights of the summer scene in Greenwich. It’s a fun, feel-good jam and our guests always have a great time.”
This year’s fundraising effort is especially important. The Jamaica Olympic Bobsleigh team, including a talented women’s team, has an excellent chance to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Greenwich Jamaican JAM will fund travel and coaching, and help team members continue to fulfill their inspirational role at home and throughout the world.
The team's motto - Dream. Believe. Achieve. - speaks to the belief that perseverance and hard work pay off. To learn more about the team visit www.jamaicabobsled.com.
We're happy to add you to our 2018 VIP list. You'll receive priority notification when tables become available! If you provide your physical address, we'll also mail you an official Greenwich Jamaican JAM invitation. If you'd like to support the team in the meantime, please make a donation via the Bobsleigh Federation official site.
Your email will be sent directly to your host, Louis Van Leeuwen. To reach Louis immediately call 203-223-0634.
Join the push!
2016 Event photos
Keep on pushing!
There are several ways to become a sponsor of the Greenwich Jamaican Jam. You can donate auction items for our live or silent auctions. You can purchase a table or two and receive visibility on our program and website.
Contact Louis Van Leeuwen for more information on how you or your company can JOIN THE PUSH!