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.

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