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Retired Florida doctor wins a Bahamas vacation and painting by Jamaal Rolle
By Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
Mar 6, 2019 - 3:38:04 PM

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PLANTATION, Florida – Retired otolaryngologist, 85 year old, Dr. Leon Rand, of Hollywood, Florida was the lucky grand prizewinner of a vacation in the Bahamas for two on Silver Airways, along with an acrylic painting on canvas, by iconic Bahamian artist, Jamaal Rolle.  Dr. Rand, who registered for the grand prize with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s (MOTA) sales team, during the recent Art Fort Lauderdale Show, stopped by the MOTA Plantation office this past Thursday, to collect his prize.
Dr. Rand has visited The Bahamas twice before; the first time while on his honeymoon, more than 30 years ago with his then ex-wife.  On that visit he recalled a close and surprising encounter in the elevator of the then Nassau Beach Hotel, there he met legendary Bahamian actor, Sir Sidney Poitier.  The second visit occurred during a cruise stop in Nassau, a few years later, while he was a physician on Celebrity Cruise Lines.
“The Bahamas is such a beautiful country and its people are so warm, friendly and courteous,” he says.  I am still in shock but overjoyed about winning this fabulous prize.   I look forward to visiting The Bahamas again real soon, and will do so with my fiancé, Carmen, who actually was the one that took me to the Art Fort Lauderdale Show,” he said.
Dr. Rand (centered) is presented with documents for his Bahamas vacation and art painting from executives of the Bahamas MOTA Plantation office, from left to right:  Tina Lee, District Sales Manager, Phylia Shivers, Sr. Marketing Executive; Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales and Marketing; and Elke Pettiford, Marketing Representative.
About Jamaal Rolle
Jamaal Rolle has produced paintings for the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Entertainment Mogul Oprah Winfrey, the first black Academy Award Winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient - Sir Sidney Poitier, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas - Perry G. Christie, former American President, Barack Obama and scores of sports and entertainment celebrities including Golden Globe Winner Johnny Depp, NBA Legends/Sports Moguls Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, NBA Champions Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Business Mogul - Sean P. Diddy Combs, Grammy Award Winner Taylor Swift, Grammy Award Winner Carrie Underwood, NFL Champion and TV Host-Michael Strahan and Civil Rights Activist - Rev. Al Sharpton, just to name a few.  Media outlets from around the
world have featured Rolle’s work including Time Magazine, the Washington Post, BBC News, CBS News, People’s Magazine, the Huffington Post among others, which has resulted in him being credited with the title, Celebrity Artist.
About The Islands Of The Bahamas
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone, from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles, with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contact:  D. Earnestine Moxyz, Ph: 954-236-9292.   Email: emoxyz@bahamas.com

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