Mr. Ross “Blackie” Talbot was a member of the world famous Talbot Brothers musical group, which was a major source of post-war entertainment and contributed greatly to Bermuda tourism in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Ross and the Talbot Brothers became true goodwill ambassadors for Bermuda and were featured in many magazines and several popular television appearances worldwide. The Boston Herald declared them, “The most celebrated calypso singers and players in the world.”
In 1993, a golf outing birthday celebration evolved into the annual Ross “Blackie” Talbot Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Ross, who exemplified the Bermudian spirit, endorsed the charitable golf event each year, always stipulating the funds go to Bermudian charities.
Mr. Ross “Blackie” Talbot’s spirit and love of humanity lives on in the charitable tournament that he, and his son Clement, established. The Ross “Blackie” Talbot Memorial Charity Golf Tournament represents a legacy of caring, and has become a fixture on Bermuda’s annual fund-raising calendar.
The RBTCC committee is committed to giving back to the community and feel that a positive difference can be made in the lives of many through their charitable donations. The annual event has raised in excess of $2,250,000 over the last 16 years and has benefited more than 60 charities. This is due to the participation of hundreds of sponsors, volunteers, participants and the community at large that support the ‘RBT Raffle’.
Each year the RBTCC committee selects a charity focus. The charitable focus for 2009 is ‘Our Heritage, Our Environment, Our Youth’. The charities selected to receive funds raised from this years RBTCC Grand Raffle are Bermuda National Gallery – Youth ArtReach Programme, Bermuda Red Cross – Youth Shallow Water Attendant Course, Greenrock, RBT Education Awards and RBT Foundation.
RBT Foundation Scholarship
Founded in 1999 as a natural progression of the Ross “Blackie” Talbot Charity Classic golf tournament, the RBT Foundation was formed to incorporate “Blackie’s” passion for the need to promote public awareness of the value of musical education to Bermuda’s youth. Additionally, the foundation provides musical and other performing arts education scholarships, finances musical productions featuring primarily Bermudian youth and provides funding for music and other performing arts lessons and the purchase of musical instruments. Over the past eight years the Foundation has provided more than $200,000 in Scholarship Awards.
Each year, RBTCC Education Awards go to a number of suitable young Bermudians, of all ages, who are enrolled in at least their third year of a four-year degree programme at an accredited university.
The selection is based on academic achievements, aptitude and need for financial assistance.
Applicants should also demonstrate their involvement or commitment to be involved in a community programme. The Education Awards cover tuition and fees and are tenable for up to two years.
The RBTCC committee hope that by providing these deserving young Bermudians with assistance, it will ensure they complete their education, and obtain their degrees and that our community at large will ultimately benefit from their qualifications, skill and knowledge.
Make sure to buy a ‘Grand Raffle’ ticket to support these local charities and scholarships.
Visit www.rbtcharitygolf.bm for application forms for the RBTCC Education Awards and the RBT Foundation Scholarship or for more information on the Tournament.