CN hosts joyful Christmas event

Despite a sudden interruption in proceedings from a deluge of rain, Cayman National Group’s fourth annual Home for Christmas event was the ever joyful evening of fellowship and celebration it always is.

Daphne Orrett and Carlyle Ebanks

Daphne Orrett and Carlyle Ebanks put on their Sookie and Ezekiel skit. Photo: Cliodhna McGowan

The customer appreciation event took place on Wednesday, 6 December, from 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Elgin Avenue Customer Service Centre and the evening of music and fellowship was enjoyed by many loyal customers and staff members.

The grounds of the car park were, as usual, transformed into what resembled a festive wonderland with colourful lights, a booth with refreshments and snacks, a special kiddie’s tent with activities for the little ones, along with the joyful music and presentations that make it such a special event. Children were also thrilled by a special appearance by Santa.

President and CEO of Cayman National Corporation Stuart Dack welcomed all to the event and spoke about recent developments the group has seen, including the opening of a new customer service centre at Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah and Cayman National’s stock now being traded on the Cayman Islands’ stock exchange.

A wonderful musical selection from John Gray High School band opened up the evening and the John Gray High School Choir had just performed as the heavens opened up in a deluge of rain.

Customers rushed to take refuge under the entrance canopy and were soon settled inside the main area of the bank, ready to enjoy the entertainment once more, thanks to some careful planning by Cayman National staff.

Once inside, the choir sang a variety of enjoyable Christmas carols after which Corporate Communications Senior Executive Claudia Welds made cheque presentations on behalf of Cayman National. They went to the Lighthouse School, the Special Olympics, Cayman AIDS foundation, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the NCVO’s Nadine Andreas Foster Home. In total the donations came to $9,500, including one to the John Gray High School Music Department.

Also, the John Gray High School Music Band Director Lorna Bjorklund and musical director Nicole Barnett received gift baskets of appreciation.

Local band Swanky delighted all with a fantastic performance of traditional Cayman songs, contemporary music and Christmas favourites.

Towards the end of the evening another special treat was offered through a surprise performance by local cultural actors Daphne Orrett and Carlyle Ebanks in their famous ‘Sookie and Ezekiel’ skit, which encouraged many chuckles from the crowd.

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