Music Extravaganza promises great entertainment, prizes

The 20th annual Music Extravaganza, featuring an extensive roster of local musicians, is scheduled for Nov. 28.

Organized by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Central, the event offers attendees the opportunity to win a number of prizes, including a grand prize of $40,000 cash.

Organizers aim to raise $100,000, with funds going to Rotary Central’s charitable organizations, including Junior Achievement, Fred Speirs Inter-School Debates, literacy programs, the Science Fair, home repair assistance and community rehabilitation programs.

Last year’s event raised $106,000, with all the money being used to assist Rotary Central’s community projects.

“Our aim is to raise funds to benefit our community and to assist those less fortunate through numerous community projects,” Susie Bodden, Rotary Central’s vice president, said in a press release. “Our board’s directors and officers review various needs assessments to see how we can best support the whole community with the funding we have available.”

“We are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy an evening on the beach with great music by local bands,” Bodden added. “All the proceeds go back into supporting your community.”

The event has grown significantly since its inception 20 years ago, when past president Ravi Kapoor organized a rock ‘n’ roll event with a Lexus as the main raffle prize.

In addition to 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. Ticket sellers can also win up to $4,000, a recent incentive that has boosted the event’s success and has led to many sellers returning each year. The raffle is fully audited, conducted openly, and observed and recorded by attending media.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Royal Palms. Bands scheduled to perform are Clever Knots, Footloose and Gone Country. Tickets are $25 and are available from Funky Tang’s, A.L. Thompson’s, Electra Tech, Royal Palms Beach Club and Rotary Central members and their appointed sellers on all three islands.