It was another spectacular night of
dressing up and having fun all in the name of a good cause.
The Cayman Islands Olympics
Fundraising Committee organised another fabulous theme night last Friday – and
what a hoot it was.
Rolling the Dice at Caesars at the
Ritz-Carlton, lived up to all expectations. Great food, music and local
characters dressing up as celebs.
The Ancient Roman Empire theme
blended perfectly with A Night in Las Vegas. Centurion guards ensured no
punters who could not honour their debts were fed to the lions.
Truman Bodden, Cayman’s heavyweight
champion at the last Olympic fundraiser, morphed into Hugh Hefner with the
Girls Next Door.
There was also Ray Charles and
Willy Nelson (Larry Cayasso and Papi Connolly) and the Gold Stilettos (four
disturbingly good transvestites), Tammy Wynette, Paris Hilton, Elvis Presley,
Whitney Houston (Laurice Fraser) and Angelina Jolie (Cynthia Hew).
The Centurion guards, Kim Lund and
James Bovell, provided the security before marching from one end of the aisle
to the other.
In the Shadow Bar the Silhouette
Dancers entertained and guests dined at Spagos and Nobu, or the Casino, and
enjoyed a few games of black jack or poker.
Both casinos had terrific prizes,
including a weekend for two at The Trump International Resort in Florida, a
weekend for two at the NY Palace Hotel’s deluxe executive room, a weekend at
Bal Harbour in Miami, or a weekend for two at Cayman’s Ritz-Carlton.
There was also the High Rollers
Poker Run where a 10 ounce gold bar awaited the lucky winners.
All funds raised went to benefit
Cayman’s Olympic hopefuls for the 2012 London Games and the development of
Skier Dow Travers was the last
Caymanian to represent the Islands at the Olympics when he became the country’s
first Winter Olympian at the recent Vancouver Games.
Headed by chief organiser Betty
Baraud, the CI Olympic Fundraising team raises funds to help the CIOC push
ahead. Baraud was inspired to get involved after her son Stefan competed in the
1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Ms Baraud thanked all the
supporters of the cause and generous sponsors in her speech. Donald McLean, president
of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, also thanked the audience for all its
support and explained how Olympic funds are used.
After that the entertainment began
with Ray Charles and Willy Nelson bashing out a few numbers to mass
appreciation, before Tammy Wynette took over singing superbly a couple of
numbers before signing off with Stand By Your Man. Curiously, she did not sing
Whitney Houston was hilarious, so
too Hugh Hefner and Elvis with the Gold Stilettos provided a fitting finale.
Anyone who missed this one should
ensure they don’t for the next one in June.