Reggae Entertainers Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser To Perform at Food For The Poor's Building Hope Gala

Jamaican-American reggae artist Riley is famous for his hit singles Stay With You and Shes Royal.

Award-winning reggae artist Tarrus Riley

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2013) – Award-winning reggae artist Tarrus Riley and saxophonist Dean Fraser have partnered with the South Florida-based nonprofit Food For The Poor to help build desperately needed homes for the destitute in Jamaica. Riley and Fraser will perform at Food For The Poor’s annual Building Hope Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.

Proceeds from the gala will build safe and secure new homes with sanitation for 65 impoverished families in Canaan Heights in May Pen, Jamaica. Attendees will be invited to create a legacy by pledging to build critically-needed houses during the charity’s live house-rally.

Celebrated Jamaican-American reggae artist Riley is famous for his hit singles “Stay With You” and “She’s Royal.” The EME Awards (Excellence in Music and Entertainment) honored Riley as Male Vocalist of the Year (2011) and Cultural Artiste of the Year (2011). Riley also won the Youth View Award for Cultural Artiste of the Year (2011). In 2012, with the release of the acoustic album “Mecoustic,” Riley, Fraser and the Blak Soil band toured Europe.

Jamaican saxophonist Fraser has contributed to hundreds of reggae recordings, including the instrumental version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and toured extensively with Luciano. In 1993, he was awarded the Musgrave Medal by the Jamaican government in recognition of his services to music. Recently, the hit maker has been recording, producing and touring with singers Riley and Duane Stephenson.

For additional information regarding the 2013 Building Hope Gala, sponsorship levels, and tickets, available at $250 per person, please call 1-888-404-4248 or visit

Committee members for the 2013 Building Hope Gala include Laurie Braden, Kelly Brauner, Becky Carlsson, Melissa Davimos, Ronda Ellis Ged, Ronda Gluck, Michele Greene, LaMae Klos, Robin Ranzal Knowles, Julie Mahfood, Rene Mahfood, Pamela Matsil, Cathy Moabery, Jill Perea, Tashia Rahl, Kara Seelye, Natasha Singh, Renee Stetler, Holly Strogoff, Allison Venditti, Patricia Wallace, and Traci Wilson.

“The Building Hope Gala is not just a saying – we are building hope and homes for families,” said Becky Carlsson, a gala committee member, after her December 2012 trip to Jamaica. “I am amazed that it is 2012 and that people live in such extreme poverty.”

Master of ceremonies, Jason Martinez, co-anchor for WPLG-TV ABC Local 10 Morning News and Local 10 News at Noon, traveled to Jamaica in August to cover the island’s golden jubilee.

Gala sponsors include AKA Printing and Mailing, Aljoma Lumber, American Nicaraguan Foundation, Bank United, Bluegreen Corporation, The Boca Raton Observer, Dennis Charley & Associates, Inc., Dusco Doors, Ellis, Ged, & Bodden,  Franklin Dodd Communications, GA Telesis, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Quadriga Art, LLC, Seaboard Marine, TD Bank, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. 

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Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054