Powerful Men and Women perform June 9

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This year's Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show is scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Sunday, June 9. Showtime is 6:00 pm.

"We expect to have unlikely pairings of some of the island's most respected professionals, performing acts that will have patrons in awe, all to help raise funds for the Mustard Seed Communities. Rehearsals have been underway in earnest in recent weeks and acts are being choreographed to maximise their talents and to unveil those that have never been seen on stage in Jamaica before," said Cordel Green, chairman of the planning committee.

According to Green, this year's programme will see nearly 20 new faces. These will include: Janet Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner; Carolyn Reid QC, who will be part of a trio with Ellan Neil of Bank of Jamaica and Dr Renae Rattray of the JN Foundation; Rev Astor Carlyle, pastor of Webster Memorial, as well as Leighton McKnight of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Don Reid, banker and Margaret Campbell, the first female principal of St George's College.

Roy Rayon and Eric Donaldson, multiple Festival Song winners, will add a special musical flavour to the show.

"The Powerful Women & Men Show will never be the same after this, especially as we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2020 which we want to be the most outstanding so far," said Green.

Actress Camille Davis, Caroline Hay QC, Corporal Arlene McBean, Niesha-Yen Jones, Professor Donna Hope, Dr Sonjah Niaah, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz Band, Hugh "Hugo Barrington" Faulkner and Pamputee are also confirmed for this year's line-up.

Over the past 18 years, the Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show, conceptualised by Thyra Heaven, has raised more than $80 million to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, which cares for 600 abandoned and physically challenged children, some with HIV-AIDS.