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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. 

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6th Annual Ballin’ For a Cause 5-on-5 National Basketball Tournament – Buffalo [EVENT]

6th Annual
Ballin For a Cause Charity Basketball Tournament
Saturday June 1st- Sunday June 2nd 2013

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Buffalo, NY: The 6th Annual Ballin’ For a Cause Charity Basketball Tournament is on its way for another exciting year in Saturday June 1st – Sunday June 2nd in Buffalo NY. Looked as one of the most anticipated sporting events in the community, the tournament lived up to the anticipation last year by producing a quality event and attracting teams from Michigan, Maryland, California, North Carolina and more . Ballin’ For a Cause is draws attention from teams in Buffalo and Surrounding Areas, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse and New York City and has teams confirm this year from Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Baltimore, DC, Cleveland, and Toronto. Entering into the 6th year of the existence, the tournament committee has announced it will this year’s grand prize will be $5,000. Teams are not only competing for a cash prize and trophy but raising awareness and proceeds for local charities and non-profit youth organizations in the WNY area. Games start at 10am both days, with some of the area’s best players competing. The eventful tournament is matched with a week full of special events such as Comedy Show, Charity Gala, Kids Basketball Clinic and other special events starting Thursday May 31st and finishing up on Sunday the 2nd . The Annual “All Start Event” consisting of 3 point contest, slam dunk competition, local artist performance, and Celebrity all-star game is one of great attraction. We would like to send an invitation for you to be a part of our weekend.

ABOUT: Ballin’ For a Cause is considered one of the most anticipated and sought after events in WNY. Found by local marketing and promotional company Crown Entertainment & Promotions. The tournament’s main focus is to bring awareness to local charities and non-profit organizations in WNY. Over the years the event has caught the attention of many politicians, star athletes, supporters and teams from various cities throughout New York State. The tournament has already kicked off its National Tournament Expansion campaign hosting events in Charlotte and soon to be Texas.

CONTACT INFO
Lindsey Taylor / 716-931-2379/ Ball4ac@gmail.com
Ballin For a Cause/Crown Entertainment
P.O Box 235 Buffalo, NY 14201

PREVIOUS:  BALLIN FOR A CAUSE (B4AC) CHARITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GOES NATIONAL!!! FIRST STOP BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!!

ALSO:  CROWN ENT & UB RECREATION DEPARTMENT PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL BALLIN FOR A CAUSE TOURNAMENT [JUNE 2ND-3RD]

Ballin For a Cause (B4AC) Charity Basketball Tournament GOES NATIONAL!!! First Stop Baltimore, Maryland!!!

Super proud of a fellow Buffalo entrepreneur, Lindsey Taylor who is expanding outside of the 716 realm.  His basketball tournament is in its 3rd year and its going national! Ballin For a Cause Charity Basketball Tournament announces Baltimore, Maryland first city on National Expansion Tour!

Buffalo, NY/Baltimore, MD: Ballin for a Cause National 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament is one of the most anticipated and sought after events in the Buffalo, NY and Western New York area for the past 5 years. The Tournament’s focus is to bring awareness to local charities and non-profit organizations in the area. Over the past five years the tournament has attracted teams from all of the country such as Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and all over New York State.

Executive Tournament Director Lindsey Taylor announced the plans for National Expansion in three major cities beginning this fall 2012. The first tournament will be held in Baltimore, MD on Saturday November 10th-Sunday November 11th at the Carmelo Anthony Center for a $2,000 Cash Prize & Trophy.

16 competitive teams from the DMV area will be competing for ultimate prize and qualify for the National Championship Tournament. The event will feature a 3 point contest, Slam Dunk Competition, Live Music, Food, and Refreshments & Giveaways. Teams can register online ballinforacause.com or email ball4ac@gmail.com.

Following the Baltimore Tournament, Ballin for a Cause will host tournaments in Charlotte, NC (January 2013) and San Antonio, TX (March 2013). Champions of the all the national expansion tournaments will qualify and be entered into the National Championship Tournament in Buffalo which features 32 teams competing for the $5,000 Grand Prize & 7 Foot Championship Trophy.

ABOUT: Ballin’ For a Cause is considered one of the most anticipated and sought after events in WNY. Found by local marketing and promotional company Crown Entertainment & Promotions. The tournament’s main focus is to bring awareness to local charities and non-profit organizations in WNY. Over the years the event has caught the attention of many politicians, star athletes, supporters and teams from various cities throughout New York State. The tournament has launched National Expansion with hosting tournaments beginning in the fall of 2012 in cities such as Baltimore, Charlotte, Philadelphia and San Antonio. Visit their website at www.ballinforacause.com

PREVIOUS:  CROWN ENT & UB RECREATION DEPARTMENT PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL BALLIN FOR A CAUSE TOURNAMENT [JUNE 2ND-3RD]

ALSO: CROWN ENT’S 4TH ANNUAL: BALLIN’ 4 A CAUSE [4.16-4.17.11]

Naaman Roosevelt of the Buffalo Bills & The Sports Academy presents the 1st Annual SUMMER CLASSIC [7.7.12]

My good business colleague back home Lindsey Taylor sent some good information about another sports tournament he’s got his hands in. The Sports Academy Youth Sports & Leadership Program and Buffalo Bills & Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt is bringing a very entertaining and star studded charity basketball event to the local area.

Saturday July 7th, 2012 will host the 1st Annual “ SUMMER CLASSIC “ which will feature stars and players from the NFL,  NBA/Professional basketball ranks and more to host a 5 on 5 star-studded basketball game. This event will take place at Sweet Home High School (1901 Sweet Home Rd , Amherst NY) from 2pm-5pm.

Continue reading Naaman Roosevelt of the Buffalo Bills & The Sports Academy presents the 1st Annual SUMMER CLASSIC [7.7.12]