Murder on the Orient Express gala set

The Cayman Islands Cystic Fibrosis Trust has taken the theme of the famous novel, The Orient Express, as its next fundraising event.

The annual ball is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26 January, at the Grand Old House. The event will kick-off at 6.30pm sharp, followed by dinner at 7.15pm.

Pamela Fowler, event and fundraising manager for the Trust, said: ‘We are so excited by this year’s theme. Not only is the book a classic best seller but the movie adaptation of the book starred so many icons of the silver screen including Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud.

‘After an amazing set at last year’s ‘Red Dragon Jazz Ball’, Lions Productions have truly surpassed themselves this year with the d├ęcor they have planned and I know everyone will really enjoy their transformation of the Grand Old House. We hope that people will have a lot of fun at the event but also that we will raise lots of money for the Trust.’

The Trust raises funds to assist Caymanians with cystic fibrosis who have medical funding needs that cannot be met from other sources. In addition, it contributes funds to cutting edge research projects around the world that are researching a cure for cystic fibrosis.

‘We couldn’t have put this event on without the support of our main sponsors, Maples and Calder and Massive Equipment Rental and Sales,’ Ms Fowler added. ‘We are also grateful to Vampt Motors who have donated a beautifully sleek silver-vapour coloured Ford Edge to be auctioned off during the evening and all the other donors, of which there are many.’

Tickets, available by calling Michelle Purton on 916-6003, are $150 per person, which includes an open bar and a three-course dinner. Tables are sized at 10, eight and six.


The Orient Express train is synonymous with quality, luxury and elegance. The famous Istanbul to Calais route frequently traced by the Orient Express in the classic age of the steam engine was forever immortalised by Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ in 1934.

Starring the ingenious Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the Orient Express becomes snow bound in what was then Yugoslavia and its passengers awake after their first day of travel to discover not only are they stranded in a snowdrift, but that one of their number has been brutally murdered. Hercule Poirot accepts the case and sets off on the trail to find the murderer.