Rotary Central’s Music Extravaganza, an annual event that raises funds for community programmes inspired the winner of its $40,000 raffle to use an undisclosed portion of her winnings to support the less fortunate.
Jean Solomon’s winning ticket was drawn for the 28 November event. According to a Rotary release, some of the monies have been donated to support local under privileged children via the Positive Interventions Now programme, run by the Anglican Church Community.
‘I just felt so blessed to win the grand prize and I am thrilled to be able to assist Positive Interventions,’ said Ms Solomon.
Twelve Year 6 students from George Town Primary school submitted a wish list to her of items they would like for Christmas and will now receive. Ms Solomon has also promised to take the youngsters to the movies.
‘I have always felt it is very important to give back to the community in whatever way you can, so it feels great to be able to support such a worthy cause,’ she said.
‘It also shows the children that their community cares about them.’
Ms Solomon will also use part of the funds to further her son’s overseas training to become a pilot.
Paul Byles, President of Rotary Central, commend Ms Solomon for her generosity and community spirit.
Dozens of other prizes, both cash and merchandise, were awarded to ticket buyers and in a separate draw for ticket sellers. Many of these prizes were donated by restaurants and shops in Cayman. In total over 53 vendors provided prizes including gift certificates for goods and services including airline tickets, iPods and jewellery.
The Music Extravaganza draws large crowds annually for a night of entertainment and dancing provided by Cayman’s local musicians.