The ‘Moving Art for Meals on Wheels’ kicked off a new era of hope and giving for the non-profit programme with a glamorous bash on 7 March featuring fine food, wine, art and music, held at the home of hosts Ashley Gunner and Ina Hammer.
A total of 27 vibrant artworks were specially created for the evening by local artists Avril Ward, Dora Williams, Renate Seffer and Susan Howe. 40 per cent of the proceeds go to the charity, and as of Monday approximately $30,000 worth had been sold.
‘We have been working on these pieces since November, and it is a wonderful feeling being able to give back to Cayman, after all that we have been fortunate to gain ourselves as artists,’ said Ms Ward.
But the evening wasn’t just about art, as guests soon discovered. With the evening’s cocktails and selection of wines donated by Jacques Scott, attendees also feasted on fine hors d’oeuvres including cuplets of liver pate, crab cakes, beef carpaccio, and smoked salmon canapés donated by Azzuro, Grand Old House, Ragazzi, Yoshi Sushi and Guy Harvey’s.
Fine food and drink was accompanied by music from the Pam Burgess Showband, who played a string of crowd pleasing numbers that set the party mood.
‘I can’t tell you how fantastic the lighting is,’ enthused frontwoman Pam Burgess. Indeed, the creative blue, purple and green lighting scheme illuminating the grounds added an element of glamour that was much admired by those in attendance.
The evening held a surprise for Meals on Wheels director Beulah McField, who was honoured for her work with the organization after taking over the reins from her mother Martha over ten years ago, with the first ever Sybil McLaughlin award for community service, a well-deserved accomplishment.
‘I tell you I had no idea this was happening, it was a complete surprise, and I was especially pleased to learn that it came with a $5000 cheque for the programme, as we need all the support we can get,’ said Ms McField.
Meals on Wheels volunteers cook and deliver approximately 150 hot lunches to needy individuals each day in George Town, Breakers, East end and Frank Sound.
Meals on Wheels Chair Richard Coles said that the joint Rehoboth Ministries-Rotary venture hopes to expand the programme to its pre-Ivan scope to include North Side and Bodden Town in the near future.
Those still interested in purchasing any remaining artworks can contact the artists directly or through Mrs. McField at 916-5967.