Cayman Brackers turn out for ‘Lean on Me’

Donations, sponsorships total almost $15,000

Compared with figures from the 2010 census, well over a quarter of the population of the Sister Islands turned out last Saturday for the “Lean on Me” Xplosion concert at the Agricultural Grounds in Cayman Brac. Committee chairman Derri Lee reported 600 people were “pleased with the entertainment we brought.” 

That entertainment included local icons Andy Martin, Papi Conolly, Junior Dilbert and Los Tropicanos with Andrea Rivera. Other performers adding their talents to the evening included After Skool, Jeffrey Wilson, Wayneroy Randall, C-Level, Ernie Scott, Mark Tibbetts, Tammy DaCosta, Tashuan Young, Christina Georgia Isaacs, April Tibbetts, Raymond Scott, Ventisha Conolly and, of course, Derri herself.  

Miss Cayman Islands Lindsay Japal attended and made presentations. Kevin Dawkins kept things rolling as master of ceremonies. 

The Lean on Me Committee first came together in 2006 to raise funds for popular singer Nina Orrett, who was undergoing surgery. The success of that concert led to another, this one for Errol Grant, better known as Skanky, to help with medical bills. Since then there have been further fundraisers, clothing collections, toy drives and other activities – all for charitable purposes. 

Proceeds from the Brac concert were earmarked for three families in need, as identified by the Cayman Brac Department of Children and Family Services.  

Admission to Saturday’s concert was free, but the audience donated around $2,000, Derri reported, while vendors contributed a percentage of their earnings. The bulk of proceeds, however, came from sponsorships sought by committee members. By Wednesday this week, almost $15,000 had been raised in total, but some of that total will have to cover expenses, she said. 

But rewards for all the effort were not just financial, Derri noted. She said Brackers told her they hadn’t seen such a variety of talent in one night for a long time. Others commented on the sense of togetherness they felt, with people of all ages attending, and even some who ordinarily don’t come out to such functions. 

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The Lean on Me Committee can take a bow: from left, Christopher Bryan, Reeca Scott, Derri Lee, Belinda Augustine, Dione Thompson and Kevin Dawkins.

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Miss Cayman Islands Lindsay Japal makes a presentation to Ric Dixon. – Photos: James Tibbetts

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Kevin Roberts joins Christina Georgia Isaacs in a gospel song.

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Variety included dance by Mara McLean Aja Nachala.