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Interview with Lindsey Taylor

Lindsey Taylor is a buffalo native that started Crown ENT back in 2007, and has since then developed and worked on large projects such as Ballin’ For a Cause, and most recently the Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival
We caught up with him to see how he feels about his personal growth, how he finds balance between it all, his views on leadership and more. 

M- Marielle ,LT- Lindsey Taylor 

M: How do you feel about your progress over the past decade? – from Balling for a Cause, Crown ENT, and most recently Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival. 

LT: I feel good because I was able to show growth over the past year.- that I am not one dimensional, to be able to host multidimensional events, to see how far we come, to be able to inspire young entrepreneurs and creators , to open doors for others and venues. I feel real happy with my growth.

M: Have you been able to fulfill the goals you set for yourself 10 years ? Are you where you projected yourself to be?

LT: Yes. When I started I wanted parties to be the stepping stone into doing a variety of events. I never wanted to be known and labeled as just the party promoter. Crown ENT. and parties were the foundation. I wrote goals down in notebooks – I still find some of them in old notebooks and then I would write an outline for how I wanted to execute it. I’ve been working on Beau Fleuve for two years now.

And I have made most of those, may have not hit it all the way, but to be able to see that can achieve the concept and that it is possible. 

M: did any of those goals change for you ? 

LT: things always change, I’ve wrote ideas down and went a different course with it completely. 
M: How do you focus between your projects and your personal life and family? 

LT: I’m still working on finding balance between life and projects and myself. This is currently my number one goal : to dedicate one day to my family with my phone off, just time to unplug. I’ve been burnt out physically, mentally. 

Constantly working makes your work go stale . 
Like when I took my daughter to Disney World for vacation I was watching how Disney operates: their team, their influence, how they were with guest. 

 

There was a time when something was wrong with our car and before we could go to ask for help someone was there taking care of it . 

M: wow. That leads well into my next question: What is your organizing/ planning process : do you focus more energy into work you team is doing, the work you do yourself, or strive to find balance between both ? 

LT: I’m working with distributing responsibilities to team members and building team members up so that they can be those representatives of myself. 
So that when problems occur people can go to them and they solve it instead of running me for everything. 
I wanted it to be that the answer my team member gives is the exact same thing I would say if asked.- so that if I Lindsey leave my event it would still run perfectly . 

M: How would you describe the impact you’ve had local art scene ? What lasting influence do you want to leave ? 

LT: I have always incorporated music in my events- from party promoting with Crown ENT and getting in contact with MCs and local musicians, balling for a cause I always incorporated music into that as well, I did cyphers for local rappers and over the years I’ve built relationships with a lot of artists. Now I want learn more about new artists and gain more lasting relationships. 
On last influence:

We want artists to be able to come to us and use our platform to benefit all of us, we want to be able to pioneer these ideas. With basketball people are looking it ( balling for a cause) all over the world – we get contacted from teams from Canada and Africa inquiring about it. We want to be the staple representative of this brand. 

M: what impact does your political views and association have in any of your projects? 

LT: I keep politics separate from events and projects. (I) show support in different ways. I don’t center or align with just one political party or candidate. We do have good relationships with some figures that have shown interest and been involved with some of our events. 

  
M: how do you deal with diversity? 

LT: diversity is one of my biggest things. I was born and raised in the city and attended school with people of all different backgrounds. I want to reach a diverse background of people – black, white, Asian, all people. I want to build relationships across all races. 

One of the big things with Beau Fleuve was to have as much diversity as possible, we had country, rock , hip hop, we could’ve easily just did a hip hop show, but I wanted diversity. 
In fact, this past year one of my friends invited me to a country concert and I had the best experience even though I only knew like two song, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to . 

M: What should people be on the look out from you ? Any upcoming projects that you can share with us ? 

LT: We are currently working on the Beau Fleuve Foundation to give back to youth arts, create scholarships and making Beau Fleuve into a Mega Festival 
M: That sounds Awesome ! Any closing statements, last words .. 

LT: Shout out to Rhonda to always being supportive, she’s great. It takes all of us coming together every aspect of media, promoters, artists and working together. Pulling together. 

Around BuffaLowe: Ballin For a Cause 5-on-5 Tournament -[4.15-4.17.16]

Special thank you to Media Contact Samantha Pierce for reaching out to us and providing an exciting breakdown of the upcoming, 9th Annual Ballin For A Cause Tournament which will be held in my hometown of Buffalo, NY next month over my birthday weekend!

WHO: Ballin For a Cause 2016 National Tournament and First-ever World Games.

WHAT: Ballin for a Cause (BFAC) is the biggest charity basketball tournament in Western New York, bringing together 60+ men, women and youth teams and more than 500 participants from Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Buffalo, Boston and Rochester to compete in the national tournament – hosted right in Buffalo, New York.

This year, Ballin for a Cause will also host local and travel teams from across the world, including Canada, Puerto Rico, Haiti, India, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Philippines and the First Nations.


WHERE: Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. in Buffalo, NY.

Admission to watch the games is open to the public for $5 on Friday, $7 on Saturday and $7 on Sunday. Weekend passes are available for $15. Admission is paid at the door!

WHEN:

Friday April 15th: 6pm-10pm

Saturday, April 16th: 8am-5pm

Sunday, April 17th 9am-5pm

WHY: Launched in 2008, Ballin for a Cause was created to raise awareness for local charities, non-profit organizations and drive initiatives around the BFAC ‘Big Four’ major causes:

1. Education: The “It’s More than a Game” speaker series, teaches students about the importance of higher education, having good character and how to be a leader in the community from Buffalo’s own professional athletes that they know and admire. BFAC also supports higher education. Since June 2012, the organization has raised more than $10,000 in scholarship funds for the Jireh D. Williams “We Achieve” scholarship.

2. Community: Throughout the year, BFAC donates to various charities such as holiday toy and food drives. Since expanding nationally, BFAC has also started giving back to the communities in cities holding qualifier tournaments, like donating more than 100 cases of water for the Flint Water Drive. During the tournament weekend, BFAC will host the Kicks4Kids sneaker drive, accepting gently used sneakers, shoes and boots to donate to school-aged children in need. This year, BFAC will also be accepting school supplies.

3. Youth Sports: BFAC provides funding, equipment and coaching staff for youth sports organizations such as the Sports Academy Youth Leadership and Sports, New York Warriors Youth Football and Cheerleading, Crown Basketball and Sports Academy Dance. Most recently, BFAC partnered with Buffalo Ravens to provide free basketball clinics youth ages 8-14 on Saturday Mornings. We will also host a skills clinic for Youth in partnership with Odds2beat Inc., run by Greg Gamble.

4. Health and Wellness: BFAC is partnering with Gene Coplin, local fitness trainer and founder of Icopelifestyle, to provide free fitness classes to lucky winners during the BFAC tournament weekend. In addition, Coplin will be on site at the tournament sharing tips, tricks and vital health information.

ABOUT BFAC:

Ballin for a Cause is a nationally-recognized, 5-on-5, basketball tournament consisting of 60+ men’s, women’s and youth teams from the North Eastern U.S. and across the globe. Launched in 2008, Ballin for a Cause has helped drive awareness and provide charitable donations for local organizations and not-for-profits, demonstrating its commitment to the Buffalo and Western New York community.

Follow them on Twitter @Ballinforacause and Instagram @Ballinforacause and Snapchat @bfac2016!

Also!!! If there are any HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS in need of Volunteer hours or COLLEGE STUDENTS looking to volunteer/internship or any adults looking to volunteer for a community event. B4AC has plenty of opportunities! April 15-17th details below, with less then a week to sign up!


Media Contacts:

Samantha Pierce, 716.553.3882, spierce1216@gmail.com

Lindsey Taylor, 716.697.7321, ball4ac@gmail.com