Why a Jamaican boblseigh fundraiser in greenwich?
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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.