The Cayman Islands Humane Society fundraising dinner, held earlier this month, was one of the most successful, attracting 272 guests – the largest number to date, a press release said.
The event, held at the Governors Ball room at the Westin resort, was kicked off with champagne and canapés on the lawns, before moving in to the Ballroom, where guests were served with a sumptuous four course meal and wines. Attendees even received a Hollywood style goodie bag to take home with them.
Over 90 companies and individuals donated items for the ever popular live and silent auction, which saw a host of items auctioned off, including jewellery, fine wines, artwork, china, gift baskets and furniture.
The donated items helped to raise funds for the Humane Society. In addition to the monies raised by the auction, it was announced that an anonymous annual donation to the tune of $25,000 would be made to the Humane Society. The Cayman Islands Humane society depends on these monies to help the animals of Cayman.
The Humane Society also announced the establishment of an Animal Welfare Assistance Fund, which is being launched as a generous gift by Ogier, an international law firm based in Grand Cayman. Ogier has been a long time supporter of the Humane Society and with their gift it is now possible for the Humane Society to begin to build a dedicated fund which will be used to help abused animals.
During the evening a video was shown to help everyone understand the work and the needs of the Humane Society in particular the work of the Animal Shelter. The video also highlighted examples of the types of abuse many animals in Cayman suffer.
Giuseppe Gatta, president of the society, gave a speech in which he emphasized the need for an Animal Welfare Assistance Fund to help pay for the needed medical costs to bring the animals, such as those shown in the video, back to good health and be given a chance to find a new and loving home.
The Shelter managers were personally thanked and given a gift of appreciation for their dedication and hard work, and the guests danced the night away to music by local band ‘Wild Knights.’
To support the Humane Society, volunteer, or find out more, call 949-1461.