Luncheon to aid the needy

Friends of Mustard Seed Communities is celebrating 22 years of charity work with its annual luncheon to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, scheduled to take place at the New York Hilton and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (53rd Street), New York City, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at 12:30p.m. Tickets are priced at $130 each and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Proceeds from the 22nd Annual Friends of Mustard Seed Communities Luncheon go to benefit orphans, children with special needs, families with HIV/AIDS, battered women and other vulnerable persons.

The event will honor three notable New Yorkers for their continued and dedicated efforts to support Mustard Seed Communities and the needy in the world. They are: Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, director, Breast Services South Manhattan Network NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYU Langone Medical Center; Patrick Jolly, President of Tower Isle Frozen Foods and The Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, priest for pastoral care and nurture at Trinity Church on Wall Street, Manhattan.

The Rev. Bozzuti-Jones will also serve as the luncheon’s keynote speaker.

The Jazz duo of soloist Tuliva-Donna Cumberbatch and pianist Donald Smith will entertain luncheon attendees with their jazz melodies during the meal.

This year’s fashion must-haves show curated by Walter Green – The Global Fashion Connection, will showcase designers from Africa, The Caribbean and The Americas.

For the first time, this year’s luncheon will be followed by dancing with DJ Runner spinning favorite tunes from today and yesterday.

In addition to a variety of silent auction items, the popular Friends of Mustard Seed Raffle drawing will be conducted at the luncheon. This year’s grand prize is a three-night stay for two at the new Jewel Dunn’s River Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios with airfare on JetBlue Airways. Contribution for raffle tickets: $5.00 each, $25.00 for a book of six tickets.

To book your seat at this year’s luncheon, visit or contact the benefit chairperson Daphne Mahoney at 212-477-2848.

About Mustard Seed Communities

Mustard Seed Communities International is a not-for-profit organization that began in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities who had been abandoned or orphaned to the streets of Jamaica, West Indies. More than 30 years later, Mustard Seed Communities provides Caring, Sharing and Training to children, youth and adults in 14 communities throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa, with over 20 outreach programs. At the forefront of Mustard Seed’s expansion is the creation of village communities for orphaned babies, children with disabilities and special needs, families living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant teens and battered women.

Mustard Seed Communities, Inc. (USA) exists to financially and spiritually support Mustard Seed Communities International. Established in 1996 as a not-for-profit, federally tax Exempt Corporation, our goal is to improve the economic, social and spiritual conditions of the communities we serve. Mustard Seed Communities, Inc. (USA), sends volunteers, donated goods and money to the countries that we serve and provides support for the various economic initiatives established in these countries. For additional information visit or keep up with Mustard Seed Communities on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MustardSeedComm.

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