Rotary Auction raises $100,000

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Camelot’ auction held last Friday evening at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman raised more than CI$100,000, the club announced this week.

The money raised at the black-tie event will fund various club programmes, including more than CI$28,000 earmarked on the night specifically for the Meals-On-Wheels programme supported by Rotary.

The Camelot Auction had been an annual event, but had not been held since Hurricane Ivan.

Rotary Club of Grand Cayman president David Kirkaldy said the club decided last year to add it back into the calendar of fundraising activities and a sub-committee of the club worked hard to ensure that this year’s event was successful.

‘A key factor in the success of the evening was the inimitable auctioneer brought in for the night, Pat O’Brien, who sent the bidding to dizzying heights, while ensuring that the evening progressed smoothly and was above all else, fun,’ Mr. Kirkaldy said.

‘There was tremendous excitement as the evening progressed at the level of bidding by the patrons,’ he said. ‘It was indeed humbling to see the level of generosity that was displayed last Friday night and the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will be a good steward of these charity funds entrusted to us.’

There was something for everyone available on the evening, from restaurant certificates, to bikes, to wines, a piglet, and even boats and cars, all of which sold.

A champagne reception welcomed the patrons who then had the opportunity to view and make bids on the silent auction items.

Patrons enjoyed a fourcourse meal in the Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom. Rotarian Eric Scuiller, executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton, ensured that the night was not only about the auction, but also a true gastronomic experience.

Mr. Kirkaldy thanked the many sponsors of the event.

‘The evening would not have been possible without the support of sponsors, Amphora Bank & Trust, Dart Management, Pinnacle Publishing and Marketing, Autohaus, Butterfield Bank, Cayman Airways, and Scott’s Marine, whose initial financial contribution made the event viable,’ he said.

‘Special thanks also go to the over 80 private and corporate donors of silent and live auction items for their generosity and support of the Cayman community through Rotary, and to the evening’s MC Arek Joseph.’

With the success of this year’s event the Rotary Club has already set the date of next year’s Camelot Auction as Friday, 25 May.

Formed in 1965, the service club participates in community-based projects such as Cease Fire, Meals on Wheels, the senior’s lunch on Boxing Day and tree plantings, to name a few.

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