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Mazda 2 for CropOver Festival Designer of the Year

Veteran band leaders and members of BAM, from left, Trevor Chase, Mackie Holder and Gwyneth Squires, Minister of Culture Sports & Youth, Stephen Lashley, Vice President of Credit, Consolidated Finance, Frances Parravicino, Sales & Marketing Manager, McEnearney Quality Inc. Margaret Hoyte, Chief Executive Officer, National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Browne, President of BAM, Chetwin Stewart, and Producer for Grand Kadooment, NCF, Adisa Andwele.

The Festival Designer of the Year in this year’s CropOver Festival will drive away a brand new Mazda 2 complements Consolidated Finance and McEnearney Quality Inc. (MQI).

And at a ceremony held in the Mazda showroom of local dealers McEnearney Quality Inc. (MQI), Vice President of Credit, at Consolidated Finance, Frances Parravicino, said it was the dream of late band leader Renee Ratcliffe, who for many years was agitating for such a prize to become a reality and it will make her smile in heaven to know that one of her deepest wishes for the festival is now a reality.

“We make dreams come true for hundreds of customers each year by approving loans for them to purchase vehicles and now we are delighted to be able to do this in conjunction with MQI, in appreciation for the months of hard work and dedication that goes into creating the amazing bands we see on the roads each year,” said Parravicino, who is also aunt of the late band leader.

According to the Consolidated Finance official, Ratcliffe, supported by her fellow band leaders, was a strong proponent for a vehicle prize in recognition of and as an incentive for the continued commitment to the heartbeat of Grand Kadooment - costume design, for without it there would be no splendour to masquerade.

In answer to their plea, she said, Consolidated Finance and McEnearney Quality Inc. (MQI) have put in place their sponsorship of a Mazda 2 as the prize vehicle for the Festival Designer of the Year.

Sales & Marketing Manager of MQI Margaret Hoyte, the company has supported the Festival for many years and are thrilled to have Consolidated Finance on board with them for this new prize.

“This year, MQI will again be providing two Mazda 3 Sedan’s for the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch winners. Both these vehicles are valued at $79,900 each and are really the ‘sexiest sedans’ on the road. We wish all the performers, costume designers, band leaders and all those involved in the Festival, the very best and pray for a safe and enjoyable Crop Over,” Hoyte added.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley lauded the efforts of the two organisations in his remarks, expressing his gratitude for their support.

“The NCF is the producer and executing agency of our world renowned  Crop Over Festival, a role they continue to fulfill with passion and purpose, but this Festival is a part of and belongs to all of us. I have always said that many benefit from its very existence from year-to-year, but not all contribute and that is why we celebrate the investment of private sector organisations like MQI and Consolidated Finance, for their commitment to moving this Festival forward,” the minister noted.

He said the prize vehicle will be awarded to the Festival Designer of the Year, with outstanding  depictions in both Grand Kadooment and Junior Kadooment and is a fitting tribute to the dedication and artistry of our band designers.

The Mazda 2 vehicle raises the prize pool for Grand Kadooment by a value of $68,000, in addition to the $30,000 agreed by the Minister,  to be allocated to the prize monies last month.

FOOTNOTES

1 Pricing, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Prices on this page are listed in Barbados Dollars (BBD) and exclude taxes, duties and preparation expenses. Prices are valid for the period ending October 2018.

2 On the Road charges comprise of: Road Tax, Number Plates, Tint, Rust Proofing and Mats

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