Material Girl tribute singer to headline Red Cross gala

The headliner at the Red Cross annual dinner gala, appropriately titled 'Flashback to the '80s,' will be a Madonna tribute act out of Canada.
The headliner at the Red Cross annual dinner gala, appropriately titled ‘Flashback to the ’80s,’ will be a Madonna tribute act out of Canada.

Get into the groove at the “Flashback to the ‘80s” annual Red Cross Dinner Dance Fundraising Gala next month on May 7. The dress code for the event at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is either elegantly eccentric retro wear or formal.


Flashback to the ‘80s celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Red Cross locally and will feature a Madonna tribute singer who is being flown in from her current hometown of Georgetown, Ontario.

The 25-year-old songstress, a dead ringer for the star visually and vocally, has been impersonating Madonna for five years and will be performing two 30-minute sets on the big night. Included in her Material Girl repertoire are sure to be the standout hits of the best-selling female recording star’s glittering career. Gala attendees can look forward to hearing legendary songs such as “Like a Prayer,” “Vogue,” “Express Yourself” and “Justify My Love.”

Cayman Red Cross Director, Jondo Obi said, “Our Dinner Dance Gala events have become known for the high-energy performance and dance party atmosphere that begins once dinner has ended.

“In the past, we have had other great tribute artists who have really spoken to the crowd,” she added. “The ‘80s and the ‘90s both had very distinctive sounds and style, and the one female artist who defines those decades and an entire generation is Madonna. If you owned a radio at that time, you knew who Madonna was.”

The gala, starting at 7 p.m. and finishing at around 11:30 p.m. will include an auction and a raffle both with many high-end prizes.

Traditionally a highly entertaining evening, diners will be served a three-course meal. Organizers have confirmed that a vegetarian option will be available, so those wanting that selection should contact [email protected] as prior notice is needed.

Raising money for Red Cross

“The annual gala is one of three key annual fundraising activities for the Cayman Islands Red Cross and we rely on it in order to keep our doors open and our programs running,” said Obi.

“For 55 years we have been serving our community via disaster preparedness and response activities, first aid coverage, training, education, awareness campaigns on a number of topics ranging from HIV and AIDS awareness to child sexual abuse prevention, CPR and by providing items from our shop free of cost to those most in need.”

The charity uses every opportunity to educate the community about the work of the Red Cross locally and the impact that its work here also has abroad.

Regarding the schedule for the night, organizers said that the speeches will be short and to the point, followed by some fun fundraising activities before dinner is served, allowing attendees to socialize, mingle and network before they take to the dance floor.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 a head or $1,500 for corporate tables and can be bought by emailing the [email protected] or calling 916-3345. As tickets to the event generally go quickly, the charity advises interested parties to book early.

This year, organizers hope to raise $55,000 to celebrate 55 years of existence in Cayman.