Many of Cayman’s movers and shakers recently opened up their pockets for Little League.
The Cayman Islands Little League (CILL) Auction was held on Saturday night. The dinner and auction was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Beach Resort from 6pm until 10pm.
At press time, the exact amount of money raised for CILL’s use was not disclosed. However, CILL did say that the total amount of sales from the event was approximately CI$120,000.
However, it is to be noted that the total amount of expenses have not been accounted for. Last year’s auction earned CILL over CI$100,000 in profit.
CILL Program and Facilities Director Mia Karapita felt the auction did well outside of the numbers. ‘This year we may not make as much but I think everyone had a great time.’
The auction saw some 150 people in attendance. Even sporting personalities like Jim Fraser, father of Olympic swimmers Shaune and Brett Fraser and local swimming hero Andrew MacKay were present.
Dinner was served from 6pm with a silent auction taking place at the same time. The live auction started at 7:30pm with the dramatic entrance of local little leaguers as they marched on stage.
Afterwards, the young players lead the crowd in a spirited rendition of the classic baseball tune Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
From there the evening saw the crowd become a sea of white signs as bidders battled for the various items. Attendees were seated at large tables within the ballroom decked with wine bottles and baseball gloves.
Main speakers on the night included founder of CILL JC Calhoun and Miss Cayman Rebecca Parchment. Professional auctioneer Pat O’Brien was brought in from the States to orchestrate the bidding.
Major donations were seen from several companies. Many offered more than one item for auction including Progressive Distributors Ltd, Kirk Freeport and Jacques Scott.
The items for donation were significant as well. Some of the more pricey items were: Peter Max’s original painting of Zero Prism worth about CI$6,800; a pair of Muhammad Ali signed boxing trunks from the 1960 Olympic Opening Ceremony worth roughly CI$5,000 and a SABA painting entitled Sea Beauty III worth an estimated CI$4,160.
In addition, local businessman Bill Messer presented a personal cheque to JC Calhoun to aid CILL in paying off the expenses still owed on the Field of Dreams facility.
CILL wish to thank Penny Hatch, Rita and Rob Imparato, Summer Larue, Sara MacKay and Jeanette Totten who organized the event. CILL also sends their gratitude to the members of the public who attended.
In the end, Karapita thought the event was a big success. ‘This year was just as fun as last year. People were generous, the night was high energy and everyone looked fabulous.
‘All in all I would say it went very well and was loads of fun.’