Braata and Ray of Ray, Goodman and Brown to headline NY fund-raiser

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braata.jpgKevin 'Ray' Owens, the lead singer from the legendary R&B group Ray, Goodman & Brown will headline a Jamaican fundraising gala, concert and awards ceremony in New York City on Saturday September 19 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens. The black-tie event is being hosted by New York-based Braata Productions company.

Owens will be the evening's entertainment with a live performance of #1 smash singles 'Special Lady,' 'Happy Anniversary' and 'Love on a Two Way Street'. Other performances will come from Braata Folk Singers, Braata Theatre Workshop, Braata Educational Outreach with an artistic demonstration, and Everton Bailey & ISOP.

There will also be an awards ceremony paying tribute to those who have impacted the lives of Jamaican and Caribbean residents in New York City. This year's awardees include the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association New York Chapter, Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC council majority leader and community radio icon Carl B Moxie. Other awardees are Gloria Messam, Sophia Walsh-Newman and Merrick Dammer, Esq.

Braata Productions has consistently generated rave reviews for their year-round performances in New York City and the company is committed to preserving the cultures of the Caribbean region.

"Our mission and our driving passion at Braata Productions is to deliver first class performances," founder and executive director of Braata Productions Andrew Clarke declared. "All our performers give of their many talents out of a deep love for their craft, so in order to continue this fine tradition, it is important for us to have a successful fundraising gala and concert", he added.

Contributions for the event are $50 for concert and awards gala starting at 8 PM, and $75 including VIP reception and silent auction starting at 6 PM. Tickets are available at or at