Olympic fundraisers grateful for first gold partner

The Olympic Fundraising Committee has welcomed Dart Enterprises as its first “Building Hope for Gold Partner.”

Dart has committed $15,000 to help Cayman athletes to prepare and attend major tournaments.

Chris Duggan, vice-president of the Investment Operations team at Dart Enterprises presented the check to Fundraising Committee chair Betty Baraud, who was accompanied by other committee members. They included Judy Ebanks, Jacqui Retief, Glenda McTaggart, Shadden McLaughlin and Gary Benham.

Olympic swimmer Brett Fraser represented the athletes.

Baraud said, ”We are extremely grateful for the generous donation of given by Dart, our first Building Hope for Gold Partner for this four-year period.

“We are thankful for the assistance and philanthropic spirit afforded us by Dart, which will go a long way to benefit the 28 athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, next month.”

The committee raised just short of $88,000 by staging a repeat of “At The Races, Royal Ascot Style” at Luca Restaurant a month ago.

To replicate Ascot’s Ladies Day, women wore impressive hats and some men were in top hat and tails. One of the top auctioned items was a three-day package to Royal Ascot in the U.K. next year, inclusive of Ladies Day.

The Commonwealth Games runs for two weeks from July 23 and Cayman will compete in seven sports with its largest team ever at these Games. With all the coaches, officials and support team, the whole operation will be an immense expense.