The West Indies Cricket Legends Delivered Once again!

The West Indies Cricket Legends Delivered Once again!

The Lawrence Rowe Legendary Cricket Foundation (LRLCF) event this weekend was superb on every level, having the likes of Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Rohan Kanhai, Desmond Haynes, Joel Garner, and many others together in South Florida for the entire weekend was definitely epic.

The Legendary weekend started on Friday March 4th at a meet and greet affair with an intimate group at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel attended by the Legends themselves, the Sponsors, the Media, and close friends.  We heard from our major sponsor, Exit Realty whose representative, Mr. Greg Richards, expressed what an honor it was for them to align with the LRLCF ongoing program, “Rowe's mission of the Heart," in giving back to Legends who gave so much to the sport, and keeping the love of Cricket alive in South Florida.

We also heard from Ms. Kaye Chung, who represented Caribbean Airlines as the Exclusive Airline for the Legends Weekend; Ms. Hazel Maragh from Grace /Western Union, who once again did not disappoint with her humor as she expressed the importance for Grace /Western Union’s involvement in supporting such a worthy cause.

The Gala dinner was deemed excellent and was enjoyed by more than 400 patrons.   Keynote speaker, Mr. Brian Lara captivated the audience with stories of the legends on and off the field and the importance of keeping the sport alive.  Mr. Desmond Haynes performed a rousing rendition of international entertainer, Beres Hammond, as he and Soliel Rowe rocked the house with confidence and brought the audience to their feet.

Spirit of Excellence Events did not disappoint with their signature presentation, bringing back creative memories of all 18 Legends in their glory days.   Also paying tribute to those legends lost in 2015, as the crowd partook in a moment of silence to remember Richard "Danny Germs" Austin, Basil Williams, and Stephen Camacho.

"The ambiance was delightful, the food was delicious, and the program was amazing.  I truly enjoyed myself," said Ms. Hall, a two (2) time attendee of the event and supporter of the LRLCF.

The West Indies Legends did not disappoint at the game on Sunday at the Broward Regional Park as they effortlessly displayed their skills and experience in bowling out the U. S. Cavaliers for 125 for 7 in 20 overs.   The Legends scored 131 for 2 in 18.4 overs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (70- 4 fours, 5 sixes) not out and Brian Lara (24 - 5 fours) not out.

Commissioner Dale Holness presented the Key to the County to Mr. Brian Lara and a Proclamation from the County to Rohan Kanhai during the halftime show.   Entertainers, Ambilike and Roger George, thrilled the crowd with their smooth voices as DJ Mikey Mike “mixed and spun the tunes."

Mrs. Audrey Rowe, President of the Foundation, partnered with " Girl Power" facilitators, Tania A., Stacy Rose and producer Jeremiah Campbell from W.A.V.S. to spearhead the new addition to this year’s event, "High Tea on the Green," designed to attract the ladies to come out and bring back the authenticity of this classic sport.  

"Howzdat" cooler and party zone rocked the evening by hosting the after party, with special guest Mr. Stephen "Kat" Coore from Third World Band who hung out with Cricket Legends, Lawrence Rowe and Courtney Walsh, in supporting the LRLCF cause.

"This was another winner for Lawrence Rowe and his foundation," said Dex Donaldson of Spirit of Excellence Events, whose company was responsible for producing this year's three day event.

Mr. Lawrence  Rowe expressed a special thank you to Mr. Brian Lara, Mr. Courtney Walsh, Mr. Rohan Kanhai, and all the other Legends who showed support by giving their time from their busy schedules.  “In addition I want to thank all the sponsors for their contribution in making this year’s event a success,” said Mr. Rowe.

“I believed our patrons were pleased with their experience over the weekend as we provided two unique games starting with ACCL Newberry Champions from Central Florida VS  South Florida 11 team.   It was very affordable for everyone on all levels and on behalf of Audrey and I, we want to thank all the patrons who came out this year in support of cricket and our foundation," said Mr. Lawrence Rowe, organizer of the event.  

By Dex Donaldson

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| March, 10th, 2016

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