Night at the Races to aid recovery fund

The Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund (CINRF) is preparing to host a first of its kind fundraising event to bolster its programme of repairing and rebuilding Hurricane Ivan-ravaged homes.

A press release from the CINRF explains that the event, themed ‘Night at the Races’ promises a tropical version of a mini Kentucky Derby or Ascot experience, with all the gallops, glamour and excitement of horse racing – the sport of kings – but without the betting.

Night at the Races will be held on Saturday 3 June at Grand Old House from 6pm. The evening’s entertainment will be based around the showing of eight pre-recorded horse races. Entry tickets (up to 350 maximum) will be sold for $125 CI per person ($1,000 for 10), which will include a buffet meal, initial cocktail, and one raffle ticket that will bear a race and horse number for Race 1. The ticket holder will have no influence on the horse assigned, the release says.

‘Patrons may buy as many additional raffle tickets as they like for each race. First, second and third place winners of each race will be entered into a draw for the Grand prize of a trip for two to the 2007 Kentucky Derby. There will also be second and third place winners in the overall draw. No gambling, side betting, odds makers, or any forms of gambling other than the prize raffle would be allowed.

‘This is no ordinary event,’ states Cynthia Arie, Director of Marketing and Development for the National Recovery Fund. ‘Everyone attending this event will enjoy a great racing evening with superb entertainment, while at the same time help to raise money and awareness for the many families still awaiting assistance to get themselves and their children back into homes devastated by Hurricane Ivan. As another hurricane season approaches, the fund is particularly keen to step up its work and to assist as many persons as possible,’ she added.

Patrons will have a number of other exciting activities and many more chances to win an array of fabulous prizes throughout the evening. ‘Women may be particularly interested in the Best Hat competition, a peoples’ choice award for the best hat worn that evening. The first and second prize winners will be treated to a half-day spa and tea for two (respectively) at the Ritz-Carlton; third prize winner will receive a one-hour massage at the Westin.’

The evening’s entertainment will include a live and silent auction, musical interlude with Swingrays Swing Band and a cash bar. Two live horses, in all their finery, will be at Grand Old House and patrons who wish to may have their photographs taken at the ‘stable’, says the release.

The National Recovery is appealing to corporate sponsors for support of the event. Contributors can choose from sponsorship options including Grand Dame sponsor (CI$12,500) Grand Sire (CI$10,000) Millionaire Row (CI$7,500) Silk sponsor ($5,000) and Mint Julep ($3,000). Companies may also sign up to sponsor specific races and contribute items for the live and silent auctions, the release notes.

Dart Foundation, has signed on as a Grand Dame sponsor. The Foundation recently contributed US$500,000 to the fund’s housing rebuilding programme, with a pledge to match that contribution, should the fund receive corporate sponsorship up to US$500,000 throughout this year.

Dart Foundation will match the earnings from the evening, based on this arrangement with the fund.

Other sponsors who have signed on for the event are PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Grand Sire) and ScotiaBank (Silk sponsor).

Further information on sponsorship and securing tickets for Night at the Races may be obtained by emailing [email protected] or by telephoning 323-0551. The National Recovery Fund’s office is located at the National Trust Building, corner of Eastern Avenue and Courts Road.

The National Recovery Fund is a private independent trust which was set up in September 2004 following Hurricane Ivan. The Fund relies solely on private fundraising both locally and overseas to carry out its operations.

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