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Sugar Tournament 2011: BBQ and Pizza with the Gonzalez-Bunsters

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Last week from Wednesday the 13th of April through to Saturday the 16th of April the Sugar Golf tournament, headed by Alfy Fanjul was played on Casa de Campo’s famous Pete Dye designed golf courses; the Teeth of the Dog, the Links and the Dye Fore and every evening cocktail parties and dinners were held to compliment the day’s golfing. One such dinner took place on Friday evening the 15th of April, following the first day of the actual tournament, when Monica and Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster hosted a wonderful dinner at their gorgeous Casa de Campo villa. 

Every year during the Sugar Open, the Gonzalez-Bunster’s host a special dinner for the players and their partners, which is characterized and well-loved for it’s beautiful setting, relaxed yet glamourous atmosphere and delicious food! And so following a successful day’s play the dinner at the Gonzalez-Bunster’s was a welcome way to relax, unwind and mentally prepare for the second and final day of the competition on the Saturday.

The evening began with a cocktail, when guests enjoyed the Gonzalez-Bunster’s signature hors d’œuvre; ‘churri-pan’ (chorizo sausage in bread) and brick-oven pizzas, cooked in their own pizza oven and delighted in the beautiful setting – the villa is painted a majestic shade of orange and always seems to glow in the candlelight.

An unexpected addition to the evening, was a speech and video presented by the daughter of Rolando and Monica; Carolina. Carolina founded her own charity – the Walkabout Foundation, just over 2 years ago with the mission to educate thousands of people on the realities of Spinal Cord Injuries, and make a real financial
 contribution in the fight against paralysis, as well as to donate wheelchairs to people who need them. Carolina founded the foundation with her older brother Luis, who is paralyzed from the chest down they launched the Walkabout Foundation with an 800 kilometer walk along the Camino of Santiago of Compostela,which, with the help of a special cross-country bike Luis traversed using just the strength of his arms. Following her speech, Carolina showed a short video on the history of the foundation and another about their recent visit to Haiti, when the Walkabout Foundation donated hundreds of wheelchairs to victims of the earthquake, which devastated the country last year.

To find out more about the Walkabout Foundation and to make a donation, visit their website:

Guests watch the Walkabout Foundation video

As the night progressed, guests sat themselves at tables which had been expertly decorated by Monica – with mini-replicas of each one of the 18 holes of the Teeth of the Dog golf course, complete with sand traps, tee boxes and markers, flags and even teeny tiny mini golf balls – we all had fun figuring out which hole was which!

Teeth of the Dog table decorations. Photo courtesy of Ron Atlantico!

Then it was time for the feast! Served in the Gonzalez-Bunster’s very own catering area, complete with enormous pizza oven and BBQ area, the guests flocked to feast on a huge variety of salads, pastas and delcious BBQ meats – which were being cooked, cut and served by Rolando himself!

What a wonderful night! Many thanks to Rolando and Monica Gonzalez-Bunster and Alfy Fanjul for inviting us and for being such excellent hosts!

Here are my photos of the evening:

Also present at the evening (and all the Sugar Golf Tournament events) was Ron Atlantico, the Dominican Republic’s best rum and Enrique Iglesias’ favorite (and mine!) I’m in love with its delicate caramel-sweet flavour, which is perfect neat, on ice, or even in a mojito or caipirinha!
Here are a few extra photos of the evening provided to us by Ron Atlantico:

The Fundacion MIR
The Sugar Golf Tournament is held every year in aid of the Fundacion MIR, a non-profit organization which works to provide eduction and health services to the children and people of La Romana, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundacion MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school), they also run a health clinic, called the Clinica de Familia, where the treat and care for people with HIV and AIDs, and where they specialize in preventing babies born to HIV-positive mothers contracting the disease.  To read a little about the history of the tournament, click here.

For more information on the Fundacion MIR and to make a donation, visit their website:

Click on the links below to read about the other Sugar Tournament events:
Sugar Open 2011: Welcome Cocktail hosted by I.B.I
Sugar Tournament 2011: Blue skies, fast greens and long drives!


Click on the links below, to view all our photos and coverage of last years event:
The Sugar Open 2010: golfing action on the Teeth of the Dog!
The Sugar Open 2010: opening cocktails at the Casa de Campo Yacht Club
The Sugar Open 2010: Dinner hosted by the Gonzalez-Bunster family
Sugar Open 2010: Dinner and prize-giving at the La Romana Country Club

This article was written by Rebecca Hughes, editor of Casa de Campo Living and Casa de Campo’s entertainment specialist!

Rebecca Hughes, Editorial and Events Marketing
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