RBC target greens with Red Cross

Notable prizes should draw many golfers to the links.

Luxury vehicles donated by GT Automotive and Car City and a fabulous boat donated by Scotts Industries are among the goodies on offer for the 16th annual RBC/Cayman Islands Red Cross Charitable Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 6. The event, which will be held at the North Sound Club, features a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start. Tee-off times are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

RBC Royal Bank will serve as the main sponsor once again, a fact that pleases Mitzie Bailey, Manager of RBC Red Bay Branch.  

“For 16 years, RBC has partnered with the Red Cross as the headline sponsor of this tournament,” Bailey said. “This terrific event raises money for a great cause. It also provides an opportunity for people to come out for a fun golf outing, followed by a delicious dinner and celebration.” 

Aside from the cars and boat, the prizes include the legendary “silver coin” prize, donated by 24K-Mon Jewelers, which be won by the golfer with the ball closest to the hole. 

As Red Cross director Jondo Obi points out, funds collected through the event will directly benefit the group’s four main program areas: disaster management, first aid and CPR training, HIV and AIDS education and the Thrift Shop, as well as volunteer development.  

“The Red Cross has supported families and individuals in the Cayman Islands for more than 50 years,” Obi said. “The funds raised at the tournament are essential to support our mission of offering aid to community members who desperately need it. We are extremely grateful for the support of RBC and for all of our sponsors and volunteers.”  

RBC Wealth Management is sponsoring a putting contest and all prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony following the tournament. Foster’s Food Fair will donate food for the barbecue dinner and Mise-en-Place will prepare and serve the dinner. Foster’s managing director Woody Foster said the supermarket is proud to be associated with the event.  

“This is a terrific event for our entire community,” Foster said. “We applaud the Red Cross for the important work they do.”  

Obi added that opportunities still exist for individuals or organizations who wish to sponsor the tournament. 

“With the increased cost of hosting the tournament, we’re counting on the support of local businesses. Hole sponsorships are available for as little as $300. Sponsorships include the display of your company logo throughout the tournament and also on the Red Cross website for up to a year.” 

Limited player spots are also available for $150 per individual or $600 for a four-person team. Sponsorship and tournament entry forms are available by contacting the Red Cross at 916-3345 or [email protected]  

Business Banking Manager for RBC in the Cayman Islands, Shane Storr, encouraged others to participate. 

“All of the money raised through this tournament stays in Cayman and goes directly toward supporting the incredible work of the Red Cross,” Storr said. “RBC Royal Bank and RBC Wealth Management have supported the Red Cross for many years. We encourage local businesses and community members to support the Red Cross and this event as well.”  

For those unable to attend, donations to the Red Cross are always accepted via the Red Cross website. Cheques should be made payable to the Cayman Islands Red Cross. 

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Fancy prizes are always good motivation for golfers. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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