The Little League Auction has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict with another event, say organisers.
‘Moving our auction to the end of March will enable us to make it better than ever’, said a spokesperson. ‘At that time we will be in the middle of another of our kids seasons, the League’s 17th. Our volunteers will be in frequent contact with and inspired by kids playing. We will have an employee by then, and can have the car [an Audi model of choice from Arch Auto] here to display in advance. And we can make the silent auction bigger and better.’
Little League is servicing the loan on the ‘Field of Dreams’, their ball park near the schools off Walkers Road. The Auction is the League’s biggest fundraiser, always held in November in the past, with an entertaining variety of merchandise available, including popular sports memorabilia. It developed into a lucrative and fun fundraising event.
The Little League Auction did not take place in 2004 due to Hurricane Ivan. Luckily the already-obtained sports and other memorabilia survived and has been carefully stored since then. The ‘Field of Dreams’ however suffered $250,000. damage, and was not insured. All is repaired now, thru a combination of volunteer efforts and cash expenditure, and the four fields and lights operational.
Even in November of 2005, organizers felt it was too soon to ask people to spend money somewhat frivolously, as the volunteer base was still pretty tied up rebuilding their homes and businesses. Most of the ball programs operated on a somewhat less competitive basis than usual, deemed appropriate to the times.
Meanwhile, inspired Little League Mom Caryn Wight connected with the Chicago White Sox, and initiated a successful Training Academy that brought instructors and scouts to Cayman last February.
That led to a group of players going to Chicago for further Camps and competitions, which resulted in terrific opportunities and awards for some promising young players, and two college scholarships.
The White Sox Training Academy will return this January, bringing a professional staff of instructors, scouts and conditioning coaches. Lunch with two White Sox Coaches was to be an auction item, perhaps now will be a raffle prize, as they visit in January. .
Registration for the popular Little League Softball program will take place mid-December, with the season commencing in January.
Little League has long enjoyed widespread support, as its benefit to thousands of the islands children has been widespread, the work of an army of volunteers.
Donations and sponsorships for items are still being sought. Already reserved tables will be rolled over to the new date of March 24th.
Tables of 10 for $600 are still available. ($60 pp includes champagne reception, dinner and a entertaining evening full of competitive shopping and people watching.
As usual with Little League, all funds raised are spent locally. The program continues to be free to children.