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Sands Make 9th Year Tournament one of Giving Back

Freeport, Bahamas – As spring approaches, so do the hot days of The Bahamian sun, but thankfully The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company was able to enjoy a breezy and not too warm, Sunday on the greens for their 9th Annual Sands Beer Golf Tournament in Grand Bahama.

Joining forces with The Fortune Hills Golf Association the annual tournament was held on lucky St. Patrick’s Day, with lots of beer to go around. “It was good to see such a well-attended tournament on Sunday,” noted Nigel Kirkby, a local player who also won longest drive. “The Reef Course is looking really good right now and the Sands set-up was excellent, as was the meal; and of course the cold beer!”

Based on a two ball scramble, the near capacity event had 72 male and female players, who started on the shotgun with handicap team selection by blind draw to mix high and low handicaps. As an avid golfer himself, Bahamian Brewery CEO Jimmy Sands, was in attendance for the event and gave out prizes as well as announcing a new feature to the event.

“I’d like to thank Robbie Butler and Peter Collins for their work in organizing this event,” noted the Sands CEO. “We started this tournament hoping to add another challenge to the snow bird golf season here in Freeport, the brewery’s home – and it’s really taken off. This year we increased fees so that we can give back, profits after expenses will go to help the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged. I’m so pleased to see a full field of players and some good friends.”

The tournament kicked off at 9am and ended at 1pm for lunch and awards. This year’s winners received cash prizes and every player also took home a case of ’66 steps’ BBB’s latest beer as a personal gift from the CEO, known as ‘Jimmy’. Results of the day were announced with the men’s awards going to: 1st net – Marcus Gouthro/Allan Gardner (54.6); 2nd net – Martin Brent/Otto Fountain (54.9); low gross, Allison Stuart/Elvis Butler (71), longest drive – Nigel Kirkby and closest to pin, Wayne Boyd. The lady’s awards went to: Low Net – Mireille Lods/Sue Urban (56.2), Low Gross – Kyndall Campbell/Joyce Harrison (78) with Longest Drive going to- Cheryl Triland and closest to the pin, Kyndall Campbell also the youngest competitor in the tournament.

The one day event has now become an annual staple in the golfing community in Freeport. “Jimmy and the Brewery are longtime supporters of the Fortune Hills Golf Association,” noted Collins. “The Association thanks him, his staff, the Reef team, the players, and of course the brew master for making this St. Patrick’s day a great one with lots of Sands beer on hand!”

FLIFF On Location: Shows Off A Stellar Lineup of Independent Films

Freeport, Bahamas – The return of “FLIFF On Location” to Grand Bahama Island and the Pelican Bay Hotel this past weekend, was a heartwarming experience for President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), Greg Von Hausch. The festival’s strong connection to the island, was the driving force behind its return.

“FLIFF has a wonderful history with Grand Bahama and it feels good to be back”, said Von Hausch. “We first came to the island in 2009, to screen a movie at the Regency Theatre. That event was a tremendous success, and the catalyst for our agreement with the Ministry of Tourism to come to Freeport to host FLIFF at Pelican Bay from 2011 to 2013. During that time, we showcased a minimum 20 films a year, met aspiring Bahamian filmmakers and showcased some of their movies at the festivals. We also brought many filmmakers to Grand Bahama.”

Grateful for support the FLIFF has received in the past, Von Hausch felt it was time for the festival to return to the island. “We know that Grand Bahama has experienced economic challenges since our last festival, and we are thrilled to be back and to contribute to the economy. The team wanted our return to be special, so this weekend we are screening 15 movies for $20 and all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.”

Many local Bahamians joined the FLIFF Directors, producers and families who traveled over for the event and took full advantage of the opportunity to watch 15 movies over the two-day period for only $20. In preparation for the event, Pelican Bay’s staff transformed the second and third floor conference rooms of The Canal House into screening rooms, with large television screens, theatre style seating and an indoor concession stand selling popcorn, nachos, candies, hot dogs, and beverages. 
Pelican Bay Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater, said the resort was focused on creating a memorable experience for the festival. “The team was excited to welcome FLIFF On Location back home to Pelican Bay and Grand Bahama,” said Bridgewater. “It’s been six years since the festival has been to Freeport, and we wanted to give the filmmakers and the persons attending the festival a warm greeting and an unforgettable experience.”

Director of the Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama Office, Karen Seymour, was also elated at the festival’s return and is hopeful about the rekindled relationship. “It was great to welcome FLIFF back to Grand Bahama,” said Seymour. “There was a wonderful selection of films this weekend, including a Bahamian documentary! We appreciate Greg and his team sharing this opportunity with us once again, and thanks to Pelican Bay Hotel, proceeds from this weekend will benefit the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. We hope this is the re-start of more things to come.”

The filmmakers that travelled to Freeport, took time out to interact with moviegoers during the discussion sessions that followed their screenings. Trinidadian filmmaker Darisha Beresford, was overwhelmed by the opportunity to present her movie “The Cutlass” in The Bahamas. “It is wonderful being here, I wish I could go to every island and show my film!” Beresford, an award-winning Director, shared her experiences about making the film. “More than 90 percent of the cast and crew in the movie are from Trinidad and Tobago. Our community came together to create this movie, and with a small budget we managed to create a good film. It would be wonderful to collaborate with filmmakers from other Caribbean islands, and produce more films telling our stories, showcasing our beautiful countries.”

Audiences enjoyed a lineup of independent films that included comedy, action, drama, thriller, and documentaries. Aspiring Bahamian Screen-Writer Marlena Leonard, appreciated the opportunity to experience “FLIFF On Location” at home. Leonard recently graduated from university abroad, and was motivated by the festival. “As a writer, I was very inspired by the content I saw. Seeing beaches, the ocean, and other island themes was wonderful, because these are elements I use in the stories that I write. It would be validating for me to have one of my films showcased at FLIFF someday. I would be excited for my community to see themselves represented in my stories on a big screen.”

“FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama” 2019 was sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Barefoot Marketing, The Bahamas Weekly.com and Pelican Bay Hotel. For more information of FLIFF visit their website www.fliff.com .

Award Winning Coral Vita Team to Speak at GB Chamber Event

Freeport, Bahamas – Late last year Government officials, private stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) attended the groundbreaking of the world’s first ever coral farm, in Grand Bahama. The Coral Vita Project, which is a collaborative endeavor between Coral Vita, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, and the Grand Bahama Development Company (DEVCO) was founded by Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher, Environmental Managers who were inspired to create a company to restore the world’s dying reefs.

Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Peter Turnquest officially broke ground for the land base offices, noted at the time, “I am very pleased to be here to join in this very momentous occasion and the tremendous opportunities this investment can bring to our island and to our country. The importance of these coral reefs to the protection of our coastlines in itself is reason for concern to the sustainability of our environment.” DPM Turnquest was also quick to note that the Farm “is in line with the Government’s objective, with respect to economic development, diversifying our economy, to take advantage of the blue economy.”

The Coral Vita process of micro fragmentation can grow coral 50 times faster than it grows in its natural environment. What would normally take a lifetime to grow in the ocean, will now take six to 12 months to grow on Coral Vita’s soon to be coral farm, here on Grand Bahama. President Greg Laroda along with Board of Directors of The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce announced today its guest speakers for its monthly luncheon will be the Coral Vita team.

“Coral Vita is building the world’s first commercial land-based coral farm right here in Freeport” says Gator Halpern, Co-Founder and President. The farm will function to provide corals for the restoration of reefs along the southern shore of Grand Bahama, which have suffered greatly in the past decades. This project will help boost the offshore ecosystem, providing value for tourism, fisheries production, and coastal protection. Their facility is currently under construction along the Grand Lucayan Waterway, and when completed, it will be a new eco-tourism attraction and education center in addition to a functional coral farm.”

Many visitors choose to come to Grand Bahama Island because of its crystal-clear waters, magnificent marine life, and beaches. “Having the opportunity to replenish what we have lost over the years will not only have a greater positive impact on our visitor experience, but also other marine businesses that rely on the health of our coral reefs”, says President Laroda. “We are looking forward to learning more about Coral Vita and its overall impact that it will have on our economy in Freeport, Grand Bahama”.

Joining Mr. Gator Halpern at the Chamber’s luncheon meeting will be Mr. Sam Teicher, Co-Founder of Coral Vita. President Laroda encourages the Grand Bahama Business Community, as well as interested persons to reserve their seating for the luncheon meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Pelican Bay Hotel.

Rupert Hayward, Executive Director at the GBPA is also a big supporter of the farm. “Grand Bahama is now a pioneer and trailblazer in the global fight against climate change. We are center stage in solving one of the world’s most pressing and widely covered topics, presently 80 percent of the world’s reefs are dead. With 90 percent of the remaining reef projects projected to die by 2050, without intervention, sadly, Grand Bahama and The Bahamas will be no different.

Bahamian Brewery & Tito’s Pour Support and Time Into The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas – Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company Ltd., continued their philanthropic efforts by proudly sponsoring The Bahamas Kennel Club’s (BKC) 38th Annual International Dog Show, recently held at the Collins House Grounds, in Nassau.

BBB is the official distributor of the very popular brand, Tito’s Handmade Vodka in The Bahamas. Tito’s is infamous for its passionate support of nonprofit charities, through its “Love, Tito’s” initiatives. Every year, the brand carefully screens and selects nonprofit organizations in countries abroad to financially assist. This year the company chose to support the Kennel Club Dog Show, and donated funds whose proceeds aid The Bahamas Humane Society. In addition to the financial contribution to the event, Tito’s also passed out “Vodka for Dog People” t-shirts and more than 200 dog supplies; such as leashes, collars, scarves, food, and water bowls at the Show.

In February, CEO, Bert “Tito” Beveridge and over 170 visiting ‘Team Tito’ employees, travelled to Nassau and logged more than 897 hours helping nonprofit organizations. During their visit, Team Tito’s worked at The Humane Society, grooming animals, walking dogs, cleaning shelters, and assisting with other volunteer work.

The team also participated in a cleanup campaign with Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (BREEF), removing plastics and debris at Saunders Beach and Clifton Heritage Park; worked on the new playground construction project at Centreville Primary School with Playground Ideas, and assisted The Bahamas National Trust with removing invasive species from the soil, that were crowding out native species.

“Bahamian Brewery and Beverage is very happy to work with such a philanthropic company as Tito’s,” said BBB Wines and Spirits Supervisor, Brittney Bullard. “Our corporation proudly supports The Humane Society, BREEF, and The Trust. We were all truly amazed by the hard work the Tito’s Team gave to our island!”

BBB and Tito’s Vodka will continue to support nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Tito’s has committed to sponsoring the Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness (BAARK) monthly “Quiz Night”, at the Green Parrot Bar & Grill. Proceeds from the “Quiz Night” will support BAARK’s ongoing Spray and Neuter Program and the BBB continue to help the BNT’s fundraising events.

For more information on Tito’s Handmade Vodka charitable endeavours, visit the company’s website – www.titosvodka.com/love/ and watch the video of their trip to Nassau – https://youtu.be/nwSBXvtTQbc.

Conchman Helps Young GB Athletes Get A Fast Start

Freeport, Bahamas – As part of their mandate to support organizations that focus on Youth and Sports, the GBPA Conchman Triathlon began their donations with the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association (GBAAA).   The GBAAA uses all its donations to help purchase track and field equipment as well as cover the athletes’ travel expenses to Nassau and other islands for competitions.

Chairman of the Conchman Committee, Christopher Baker, said “We are very pleased to be able to assist the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association. The funds were used to purchase new starting blocks, a high jump bar and other equipment. Many of these young athletes also participate in the Conchman Triathlon, so it’s great to give back to them.”

Committee member Ravanno Ferguson, accepted the donation on behalf on the GBAAA. “We appreciate the financial contribution given to the GBAAA by the Conchman Committee. The much-needed funds have been used to purchase equipment for the Sporting Complex,” he said. “In the past, we’ve had to borrow equipment from Nassau, but now we have our own, and we were able to use it at the recent High School Championships.”

The Conchman Committee unanimously agreed that it was important for the athletes to have the proper equipment to train for competitions. Donna Idol, Conchman Committee member noted that “We were pleased to see the new equipment being used at the recent Grand Bahama High School Championships and the Fletcher Lewis Invitational. The GBAAA volunteers provide great support to Conchman Triathlon every year, and we are thankful for their assistance and pleased to help them.”

The GBPA Conchman IronKids Competition is a mini version of the full triathlon. The event is held in November, during the Conchman Triathlon, and many GBAAA distance runners use the competition to prepare for race season. The IronKids is open to young athletes up to twelve years old, and the Secondary School Challenge is open to all high schools on the island.

Registration for the 2019 IronKids, Secondary School Challenge, and Conchman Triathlon is now open.

For more information about the competitions, visit www.conchmantriathlon.com.

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