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41st Mason Chamber Golf Outing Supports Aggie Corner Scholarships

»Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Dart Container

The 41st annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic brings together the Mason area for a day of golfing and fundraising. The proceeds for this year’s outing go towards the recipients of the Agnes “Aggie” Corner Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to earnest graduating seniors from Mason High School.

This year’s golf outing will take place on Thursday, July 24, at 9AM at the Eldorado Golf Course, which is located at 3750 Howell Road.

There is a wide array of sponsors for this year’s golf outing including; Oracle, Mason Auto Body Repair, Wendy’s of Mason, and Dart Container, where Ken Dart is a member of the board.

The continental breakfast and registration begin at 9AM, which is then followed by a 10AM shotgun. If you registered for the golf classic before July 11th then it was $75 per golfer or $300 for a foursome. This includes playing 18 holes with a golf cart, lunch, a goodie bag and a dinner afterwards. The meals are sponsored by the MACC members and drink tickets by event sponsors.

Aaron Fiedler, MACC Golf Committee chair, remarks, “In 2012, we had double the number of golfers from the year before and granted two Mason High School graduates each a scholarship. Last year, we had even more golfers. The more golfers and sponsors we have, the more the chamber will have to give to graduating students to help them continue their education and encourage community volunteerism.”

There is still room in this year’s MACC Golf Classic as a four-person scramble. You can call the chamber office to sign up at (517) 676-1046.

There is an opportunity for chamber members to attend the golf classic without golfing. Members and their guests can attend the member mixer at 3pm, which is followed by a dinner. It is $20 per person to participate in the mixer and dinner afterwards.

Last year the MACC Golf Classic funded scholarships for two worthy students. The 2014 recipients were Amy Jones and Blake Ellis. Both students received $500 for their engagement in the community.

Cayman Islands Yacht Club in the North Sound

»Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Dart Realty (Cayman)

In 2004, the original marina in the Cayman Islands was destroyed due to Hurricane Ivan. In 2012, Dart Realty, which is owned by Ken Dart, decided to repair the property. Today, the Cayman Islands Yacht Club is making the North Sound a destination at sea.

Dart designed the new marina to be both eco-friendly and sustainable. There are 158 docks available to fit vessels up to 120 feet. The Cayman Islands Yacht Club is equipped with world class amenities and highly qualified marine professionals. The renovated marina includes night-time security, property management, pump-out stations and private docks.

In addition to the new and improved marina, there is also a new store located at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club called Anchors. Anchors is a convenience store, café and bar. It sells all of your boating essentials, food and even has a full-service bar. Anchors is also home to the main marine fuel location on the west side of Grand Cayman. It is open seven days a week, which makes it that much more convenient.

Also located at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club is Pro Yacht. Pro Yacht is available to help you with anything from electronic installations, detailing, engine servicing and much more. Pro Yacht has been a part of the Cayman Islands marine experience for 20 years, but Dart Realty added an additional four acres for storage and maintenance facility.

The refurbished Cayman Islands Yacht Club has everything you need to make your boating experience as smooth as possible. The yacht club is redefining quality, among marine experiences in the Cayman Islands. Set sail, today!

Market Perseveres Through the Summer

»Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Dart Realty (Cayman)

Although the marketplace is primarily slower during the summer season, there has been activity among Cayman’s real estate industry in both the commercial and residential divisions. Recently, the old Coutts Bank building was sold and the land next to it along Seven Mile Beach.

The recent activity is a result of new products, which are expected to both transform and improve Cayman’s luxury property market. The sales of the condos, which are along Seven Mile Beach, were around 60 percent higher for the first six months of 2014, compared to the first six months in 2013.

On July 8th, The WaterColours residences on Seven Mile Beach will accept its certificate of occupancy. This certificate will be momentous for Cayman’s luxury property market. WaterColours owners will be able to collect their keys to their new apartments for the first time. There are currently around 20 units available in The WaterColours residences to buy.

Dart’s Kimpton hotel, which is a luxury, boutique-style resort, will also have some properties available to purchase. The properties are expected to be available by the end of this year. It is anticipated that real estate ownership will rise in the Cayman Islands due to the emergence of this new brand among the island’s economy. This has been a trend among previous new brands that have been introduced to the Cayman Island’s market.

Construction will also begin on Dart’s 101 new residences this year. The new residences will be opening north of the Cayman International School, which will create another opportunity for buyers to get involved in Cayman’s real estate industry.

Land Donated for New Cayman HospiceCare Facility

»Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Dart Enterprises

Derek Haines is raising money to fund a new hospice facility in a very unique way. His goal is to run six marathons in a year to finance the facility. With a hefty donation from his employer, Dart Enterprises, which is owned by Ken Dart, his goal has become one step closer to becoming a reality.

Dart Enterprises is donating the land for the new facility, which will save the new hospice around $70,000 a year in rent.

“The fact that Dart is going to provide the land to build the hospice is a huge boost. The $1 million fund is just for the building, that didn’t take into account the land. HospiceCare currently pays about $6,000 every month on rent, so that’s money that can now be used on operational costs,” says Haines.

The location for the new four-bed unit has not been determined yet, but it will be located in Camana Bay, according to Chris Duggan, the chairman of HospiceCare.

Haines has completed two marathons so far and he has four left in hopes of reaching his goal. He is almost halfway to raising $1 million for the new facility. Haines has estimated that the fund is up to around $435,000 thus far.

“This new facility will enable them to enhance the invaluable work they perform each day in our community and we look forward to working with the HospiceCare board of directors as this long term vision becomes a reality,” says Mark VanDevelde, CEO of Dart Enterprises.

Although Haines has four marathons left to run, which is a total of 104.8 miles, the donations and efforts by the community has been tremendous. John Doak architecture has donated their services to design the new building and Precision Solar is going to supply power for the new facility for free.

Haines loves the affect that this process has had on the community.

“You’ve got people who have given $100,000 and then you’ve got the woman at the coffee shop the other day, who gave me a hug and gave me $25. It all adds up,” says Haines.

HospiceCare is an important cause for Haines, since it allows people to pass away at home around their families rather than in a hospital, but still having medical assistance accessible. The care that is being provided to very ill patients who are near the end of their life is unmatchable.

““We have always thought Derek will achieve his goal because he is the sort of person that won’t stop until he does, but the level of support from within the community has been overwhelming,” says Duggan.

Haines’ goal for the campaign is to replace Cayman HospiceCare’s current two-bed unit with a four-bed unit. With each step he takes, he is one step closer.

Cayman Athletes Receive a Contribution

»Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in Dart Foundation

On Friday, the Dart Foundation, which Ken Dart is a board member of, presented a $15,000 check to the Cayman Olympic Fundraising Committee. This generous donation by the Dart Foundation will help Cayman athletes train and attend the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brett Fraser an Olympic swimmer from the Cayman Islands touches upon the importance of this contribution, “It goes into everyday practice from funding education, coaching, practice purposes, travel purposes. It’s really important to get the exposure of competing not just in the Cayman Islands but overseas and abroad.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, are July 23rd to August 3rd. The Cayman Islands will have 28 athletes representing them in seven different sporting events.