Walkers recently transformed its covered car park into a concert venue for a night of rock ‘n’ roll that raised more than $15,500 for music programs in Cayman’s schools.
At the “Walkers Reigning Rock Star” event, contestants were backed by 1981, a band of Walkers lawyers comprising Tim Buckley, Rolf Lindsay, Neil Lupton and Andrew Gibson.
Walkers staff members were invited to support their favorite contestants by buying votes, with all proceeds going to charity. Nino Dilbert won the entertaining Walkers Charity Rocks 2015.
“I kept my eye on the prize, campaigned a little beforehand, and brought the trophy home with my cover of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’” said Mr. Dilbert. “The best part of the experience was hearing the crowd go wild and knowing that win, lose or draw, it was all for the benefit of schoolchildren.”
Other competitors were Natalie Ramsey, who organizers say tore up the stage with her version of “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes and took the prize for Best Rock Costume. The award for Best Stage Presence went to Keyreaye Bodden, who electrified the crowd with her rock star swagger and rendition of Blondie’s “Call Me,” organizers said.
Mr. Buckley said, “It was a fantastic night. Walkers staff deserve all the credit for getting behind Walkers Charity Rocks … Research shows that learning music in school facilitates learning other core subjects, like English, mathematics and languages, and enhances skills that children use in other areas of life.
“We just want to make sure that as many children in Cayman as possible benefit from music.”
Plans for a Walkers Charity Rocks 2016 are already in the works. Walkers hopes to open the competition to other professional services firms next year and raise even more money for charity.