Rolling cash in for Olympians

The Cayman Islands Olympic
Fundraising Committee presented another fun-filled fundraiser to support the
Olympic dreams of Cayman’s athletes

 Rolling the Dice at Caesars three weeks ago at
the Ritz-Carlton was a complete success. The decor, the show and prizes and the
entertainers ensured it lived up to expectations of Ancient Roman and Vegas
style theme.

Centurion Guards (Kim Lund and
James Bovell) welcomed guests at the opening champagne reception. Hosted in the
Shadow Bar, the toga clad ladies and gentleman of the Ritz-Carlton served
guests with fabulous champagne sponsored by Jacques Scott.

When the doors opened it was
visible that the audience was in disbelief by the elaborate and authentic decor
which included Nobu and Spagos restaurants.

The room was filled with energy.
Guests eagerly signed up for the poker run and blackjack events to help raise
money to support the cause.

The big draws were the amazing
prizes of a 10oz gold bar to a roundtrip airfare for two on British Airways to
London, weekend stays at the New York Palace and Trump International Resort
with complimentary airfare provided by Cayman Airways.

Vicki Wheaton soon had the crowd on
their feet,  and as only she can –  the evening was brilliantly hosted..

Larry Cayasso and Papi Connolly, a
fantastic rendition of Ray Charles and Willy Nelson, it was an unbelievable
performance.  Whitney Houston, aka
Olympic mom, Laurice Fraser, sang I’ll Always Love You while her Olympic sons
were being shown on the big screen.

Kevin Costner, aka Ian Dawson James,
was visibly on guard as her bodyguard. The Caribbean cowgirl Holly Morris as
Tammy Wynette performed two amazing songs and an encore had everyone standing
by their man.

In the end, it was Truman Bodden as
Hugh Hefner, aka The Renaissance Man who brought the house down with The Girls
Next Door, while the amazing internationally acclaimed Gold Stilettoes, aka Ian
Dawson James, Patrick Broderick, Sean Lunt and Keith Griffin closed the show to
the screaming of beautiful ladies and Elvis, with his pulsating moves and authentic
gear (our own Cayman Elvis – aka, The Taxi Driver).

The entire cast bid farewell while
singing, We’re leaving on a Jet Plane, while the Fundraising Committee was
being shown on the big screen, boarding British Airways to London, for the 2012

The Olympic spirit was everywhere
as once again the fundraising committee delivered another superb evening to
benefit Cayman athletes.

Donald McLean, president of the
Olympic Committee said a few words to thank the fundraising organisers.

All funds raised will go to benefit
Cayman’s Olympic hopefuls for the London Games and the development of future

Headed by chief organiser Betty
Baraud, the CIO fundraising team is committed to raising funds to help the CIOC
push ahead in making this Olympic dream a reality. Baraud was inspired to get involved
after her son Stefan competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

Baraud said: “I am very thankful to
our generous Sponsors and supporters, incredible volunteers and the entire
community for inspiring and supporting Cayman’s finest Athletes and youth.”

CIOFC members include: Betty
Baraud, Nicole Wild, Avril Brophy, Monica Czorny Judy eBanks, Laurice Fraser,
Lori Powell, Lana Cayasso, and Angi Chan.