Royal Ascot night will boost Commonwealth Games funds

Cayman is sending its biggest ever squad to the Commonwealth Games in July which will be costly, but at least the local Olympic Committee can rely on the fundraising efforts of Betty Baraud and her committee members for support.  

The next Olympic Fundraising Committeee event is a repeat from three years ago of “At The Races, Royal Ascot Style”, at the Luca Restaurant on West Bay Road, on May 30. 

The Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 and a team of 28 in seven sports is going. With all the coaches, officials and support team, the whole operation will be an immense expense.  

There are other major Games later in the year that need financial help too.  

“We continue to work tirelessly to assist our athletes every year and this time to the Commonwealth Games, as well as all other qualifying Games and the ultimate, the Summer Olympics in 2016,” Baraud said. 

In recent weeks, the fundraising committee has received $15,000 from Dart and $5,000 from Kensington Management Group, plus many other generous contributions.  

“Brett Fraser (a swimmer) is gearing up for the Commonwealth Games qualifiers in Arizona and the Bahamas and while he will not have any problem qualifying, it is important that the community recognizes what the fundraising committee is doing and rally around us to make our efforts worthwhile,” Baraud said.  

She recently received Kensington’s donation with fellow fundraising committee member Shadden McLaughlin from Mike Gibbs, Kensington’s president.  

“Mike has always been supportive of our efforts and for the past eight years has been of the first to come on board as a silver sponsor,” Baraud said. “We are extremely appreciative of Kensington’s support over the years.” 

She added that she is extremely excited about the next Royal Ascot event which has already almost sold out.  

“I am extremely pleased that through our efforts, we are able to make a positive difference, in the lives of our children. I am so grateful for the incredible hard work the committee members have put in, some of whom have been on the committee for over 12 years. 

“We also have the support of some very generous sponsors, corporate and individuals.” 

The fundraising committee has just acquired their ultimate sponsorship level for this quadrennial period, their “Building Hope For Gold Partner” sponsor, supported by Dart.  

First Caribbean International Bank and Daniel Borel have become sponsors too.  

As always at these events, there will be some fabulous items in the auction, including a three-day package at the Royal Ascot in the U.K. in 2015, inclusive of Ladies Day. 

There is also a weekend at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, a weekend for two at the exquisite SLS-South Beach Hotel, Miami, donated by New Media Distribution Company, and a party trip to 12 Mile Bank for 10, on board the Lagoon, a 44-foot catamaran, captained by Alan Roffey. 

The next Olympic Fundraising Committeee event is a repeat from three years ago of “At The Races, Royal Ascot Style”, at the Luca Restaurant on West Bay Road, on May 30. 

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Betty Baraud, center, with Shaddan McLaughlin and Mike Gibbs.

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Brett Fraser hopes to medal at the Commonwealth Games. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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