Cayman Heart Fund country concert a resounding hit

Cayman Heart Fund’s country concert
last Saturday attracted more than 1,000 people.

The open-air event staged at The
Crescent, Camana Bay was a benefit concert for the Cayman Heart Fund.

The concert opened with a set from
Gone Country which was well received by the audience. Kate Allenger on violin
accompanied the band and also got rave reviews if the applause of concert goers
was anything to go by.

The Cayman Heart Fund Cowgirls,
after having finished a line dance near the stage to the approval of all present,
rounded up $5,000 in donations given by attendees. Sashaying in time to a special
line dance played by Gone Country, the posse were led by a former Miss Texas
June Williams.

Next up were husband and wife duo
Chuck and Barrie Quappe who played with Mark McTaggart and Bugs. The
performance by Sea N’ B was polished and confirmed their status as great
country musicians.  Barrie, the concert’s
MC, also backed up Bugs and Mark McTaggart and other performers.

A surprise guest appearance by two
of the biggest singer/songwriters in country music brought whoops of delight
from country fans. Nashville’s Paul Overstreet and Even Stephen performed and
added a special dimension to the show.

The Barefoot Man and Cayman Cowboy,
Andy Martin also garnered their fair share of applause. They performed many of
their most popular hits and several audience members sang along.

Elvis impersonator extraordinaire,
Ron Adams also known as Shadow of the King, closed out the four-hour concert.
Dressed in a skin-tight jumpsuit with his hair slicked back, he gyrated as he
sang the King’s best loved songs before rounding out with Glory, Glory Hallelujah.
The song brought everybody to their feet and was the perfect end to a well
organised evening of music sung straight from the heart.

Food provided by Prime and Abacus Restaurants
included generous helpings of Jerk chicken and pork as well as flank steak with
tempting sides, while Caybrew provided beer.

According to organisers the success
of the event was secured not only by the quality of the musicianship but by the
sponsorship and assistance given by Rooster, Z99, Hurley’s Entertainment, A1 Rentals, Cayman Airways, Camana
Bay and Andy’s Rental A Car and the Westin Casaurina Resort.

 “It was a team effort with all the musicians donating their time for
free. They put in some long hours rehearsing for the show and their diligence
certainly paid off,” said Suzy Soto chairman of Cayman Heart Fund and chief
cowgirl.

“Cayman
Heart Fund needs the support for our major projects such as the Health for
Youth programme, which has taken students from John Gray High School at risk of
obesity and put them on healthy eating plans, supervised exercise and given
them psychological support. The fund is also working with government to produce
a public healthy food policy for all schools,” she said.

“The
show attracted a great turnout and we look forward to continued community
support for our projects and programmes in the future.”

 Jose Ebanks and Stephanie Bodden were voted best
cowboy and cowgirl and won two roundtrip tickets to Little Cayman plus a
three-night stay at Sir Turtle Beach Villas.

Raffle prizes included a $500 gift
certificate from IDG and a dinner for two at the Tex-Mex restaurant Carlos and
Martins. 

For further information about
Cayman Heart Fund and its activities visit caymanheartfund.com.

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Elvis impersonator Ron Adams was utterly convincing and a big hit with the crowd.
Photo: Jewel Levy
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