Cayman Night a success

The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur International Seafarer’s Center would like to recognise the following for assisting us in making the third annual Cayman Night in Port Arthur such a success:

• Barefoot Man, Andy Martin, Earl LaPierre, Chuck and Barre Quappe for the fantastic entertainment

• Cayman Islands Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts and Minister Charles Clifford for their support toward Cayman Night

• Everyone that flew to Port Arthur from the Cayman Islands, Roatan and other Caribbean islands

• Tortuga Rum for their huge donation of door prizes

•All the Caymanians that could not come to Port Arthur, Texas, for the event but sent us good wishes

•The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism-Houston, Texas- for the many DVD’s, fliers and cube displays

Cayman Night in Port Arthur was a huge event in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It was brought back three years ago and has continued to grow yearly.

Port Arthur is home to more than 500 Caymanians and in return many Port Arthur residents visit the Cayman Islands yearly for business and pleasure, or to visit family and friends.

The proceeds from our event are divided between the Chamber of Commerce and the Seafarer’s Center. The Chamber uses its portion to further areas of education, child abuse and neglect prevention and economic development. The Seafarer’s Center has just opened a new centre for US and foreign seamen coming in to the ports of Port Arthur, Port Neches, Sabine Pass and Orange, providing a safe home away from home for mariners visiting area docks. They also provide transportation, communication, religious, recreation and welfare services.

The centre’s many volunteers assist with wireless Internet access, long distance phone calls or visiting with those so far from home.

Hopefully we will see many of you at our 2009 Cayman Night in Port Arthur; who knows-we may bring the party to you! Again, thank you for all your support.

Mary Ann Reid
President, Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce

Doreen Badeaux
Port Arthur International Seafarer’s Center

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