Fashionable fundraising

The Great Lawn at the Ritz-Carlton was the sun-drenched setting for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s new fundraiser last Sunday.


Verity Byrne, from left, Fiona Cockhill and Phoebe Serpell enjoyed their morning at Breakfast at Tiffanys.

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s benefit attracted 200 attendees and was set up to assist the society’s Human Papilloma Vaccination programme to fight cervical cancer.

Starting at 9.30am, the open air event included a runway show, buffet breakfast, raffle and live auction as well as an informative keynote address by physician and author Dr. Michael Ozner.

The upscale event started with a leisurely champagne welcome reception.

Violinist Kate Allenger entertained guests while attendees milled around socialising with friends and family. Those in the festive spirit posed for Christmas portraits by McCoy prize winner and fashion photographer Art Pasquali.

CICS President Dr. Sook Yin welcomed guests including the Health Services Authority’s medical director and thanked the presenting sponsors.

As well as praising the tenacity of cancer survivors, she advised that treatment for each cancer sufferer costs upwards of $30,000 to $150,000.

She spoke of the projects the society had raised money for throughout 2008 and of the HPV programme in particular.

Showcasing an array of gowns from Silhouette Boutique, the runway show was produced by the store’s owner Javana Broad.

This segment of the fundraiser proved popular with attendees. As well as modelling exquisite designer eveningwear from the UK, the eight models wore a selection of fine jewellery from Tiffany & Co.

Next up were the junior models who modelled the latest designer dresses from Little Darlings.

Attendees listened to an insightful address on diet, exercise and lifestyle given by the event’s keynote speaker Mr. Ozner from Baptist Hospital in Miami.

This year’s recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the American Heart Association, Mr. Ozner spoke about the proven advantages of adopting a Mediterranean diet. He also outlined the importance of exercise and sound lifestyle choices in maximising an individual’s chances of longevity and disease prevention.

The live auction included a designer dress donated by Silhouette Boutique, a fundraising canvas painted in situ by John Broad, and a diamond and platinum pendant donated by Tiffany & Co.

Raffle prizes donated from businesses across Cayman included Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial champagne from Jacques Scott and a wine dinner for two at Bacchus.

The winner of the designer dress was Geoff Matthews, the John Broad painting went to Gordon Richens and the Tiffany diamond pendant was bought by an undisclosed buyer.