Autographed balls net almost $2K from fans.
NASSAU February 2018 – Caring fans at the 2017 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Basketball Tournament used their love for the game and sense of community to help raise almost $2000.00 for ACE Diabetes here in The Bahamas.
Special edition logo balls were signed by all 8 team-coaches and a silent auctioned was held during the 3-day event to raise the funds.
Since its inception, the event organizers have looked for ways to use the event as an opportunity to touch the local community in a positive way. According to Bill Coteron, VP & GM of Conference and Banquet Operations, 2017’s tournament was an opportunity to improve the effort made in 2016.
“We are always trying to incorporate the local community into Battle 4 Atlantis. Previously we came up short of our goal for ACE so we tinkered with the formula and came up with the autographed ball idea,” said Coteron. We quadrupled 2016’s numbers! This year we will do the same but improve the location and visibility of the balls. That way we can raise even more!”
President of the Board of Directors for ACE Diabetes Dr. Graham Cates expressed his gratitude to Atlantis for the donation. Explaining the meaning behind ACE (Awareness, Compassion and Education) he stated how the donation will help them continue their work.
“We have community-based education programs through churches and other civic-minded organizations, we are also able to provide medical care at no cost to persons at our Center for their Diabetes education, support and use of monitoring equipment,” said Cates. “We look forward to a continuing relationship with Atlantis who continue to support our efforts to allow us to have a positive impact on the burden of Diabetes in The Bahamas.”
Quinton Brennen, Executive Director of Special Events and Entertainment added that the team is looking forward to the 2018 event and doing even more.
“It is truly uplifting to see the difference the work that Dr. Cates and his team are doing in the community, especially with regards to the effect Diabetes has on children,” said Brennen. “We are ready to push even harder so that together we can all help more people suffering from this disease.”
CAPTION: Battle 4 Atlantis team members donate cheque to ACE Diabetes. From L-to-R: Donnarae Rolle; Dr. Graham Cates, President of ACE Diabetes; Anita Cates, VP ACE Diabetes; Quinton Brennen, Executive Director of Special Events and Entertainment, Francelaine Dumercy, Box Office Coordinator and Gary Gilihan, Sr. Director of Stewarding Atlantis.