Lots of music and big prizes are again in store at this year’s Music Extravaganza, sponsored by Rotary Central with the aim of raising $100,000 for community projects.
The night of musical entertainment and community-giving is set for Nov. 29, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Royal Palms. Local bands Loaded Peace, Little Magic, and Gone Country will perform.
Beneficiaries will be Rotary Central’s literacy programs, health screenings, home repair assistance, community rehabilitation programs, UCCI scholarships, and The Pines retirement home, among many others.
“Our board’s directors and officers review needs assessments for various programs, groups and individuals to determine how we can best support the whole community with the funding we have available,” said Rotary Central’s vice president, Michael Pratt. “Rotary Central prefers a hands-on approach. Our members aren’t afraid to jump in to personally assist the community, rather than just write checks.
“Rotary Central aims to get the most out of our funding.”
The event has grown significantly since its inception 19 years ago, when past president Ravi Kapoor organized a rock ‘n’ roll event with a Lexus as the main raffle prize. Tickets to the event were sold for $100.
“It was a big hit,” said Kapoor. “The next year, we organized a $100,000 grand prize. Thereafter, we renamed the event Music Extravaganza, set the grand prize at $40,000, plus thousands of dollars in other cash and prizes, with a ticket price of $25, which has not changed in 17 years.”
Ticket sellers also benefit from the event, an incentive which has boosted the event’s success and has led to many sellers returning each year.
“Sellers can either keep one ticket out of a book of tickets for themselves, or they can keep the cash commission,” said Kapoor. “For many this is cash for themselves and their families they would not otherwise have.”
Last year’s event at Grand Harbour attracted about 800 people and raised around $82,000, all of which went back into Rotary Central’s community projects. Two of the beneficiaries were Junior Achievement and the Science Fair.
Pratt encourages people to attend this year’s event. “Where else can you enjoy an evening on the beach with great music by local bands? All the proceeds go back into supporting your community. Oh, and you could win $40,000 or one of many other prizes.”
As well as the $40,000 first prize, ticket holders, who do not have to be present to win, have a chance at a $4,000 second-place prize or one of six third-place prizes of $1,000.
“The raffle is fully audited, conducted in the open air, and observed and recorded by attending media,” said Kapoor.
Tickets are $25 and are available from Funky Tangs, A.L. Thompson’s, Electra Tech, Royal Palms Beach Club and Rotary Central members and their appointed sellers on all three islands.