It is time to pick out those ball gowns and tuxedos and mark August 18th, the date of this year’s gala celebrations in honor of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The Gala organized by the Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc. and the Consulate General of Jamaica will take place at The New York Hilton Hotel. The 50th Independence Gala, mandated the official Jamaica 50 celebratory event, will begin with cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 8.00 pm. Guests will dance the night away to the pulsating tunes of Jamaica’s pre-eminent reggae band Fab 5, who will be performing their record breaking hits until 3:00am. “We invite all Jamaicans and Jamaicans at heart to come and join us in toasting Jamaica’s golden celebrations,” said Paulette Willoughby, chair of The Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation. “The event will be one to remember for many years to come.” Tickets to the Independence Gala are priced at $200 per person and ticket outlet locations will be announced shortly. For more information and advance ticket sales, call 212-935-9000.