Humane Society fundraisers provide weekend fun

This weekend is going to the dogs. In a good way, of course.


Yolanda gets a soak at last years Yappy Hour. Photo: File

Local companies are helping put together two fun-filled events to raise funds for the cats and dogs at the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

Yappy Hour, the annual event hosted by Z99 and held at Coconut Joe’s, will take place all day Saturday, while the Lighthouse restaurant in Breakers will host a lunchtime celebrity chef cook-off, featuring local figures as the chefs of the day.

Yappy Hour

On Saturday from 10am at Coconut Joe’s, the bar and restaurant staff will be washing cars until 1pm and St. Matthew’s University students and Humane Society volunteers will wash dogs from 2pm to 5pm. The event is free but donations to the Humane Society are welcomed.

‘Coconut Joe’s continues to be a great supporter of the Humane Society and has once again offered to host Yappy Hour,’ said Trina Legge, volunteer event coordinator at the Humane Society. ‘At the last few Yappy Hour events, we have washed anywhere between 40 and 75 dogs! The St. Matthew’s vet students are always a big help and we’re looking forward to working with them again this Saturday.’

Treats in store include dog cake (for the pups) and specials on ‘muttinis’ and ‘muttslides’. A splash pool will also be set up for the animals to play in while waiting for their turn in the dog wash.

Z99 puts on the event each year as one of its signature events, and JB Webb, operations manager at Hurley’s Entertainment, promises all that it will be a good time.

‘Yappy Hour is one of my favourite Z99 events,’ said Mr. Webb. ‘I love to see all the pooches and their owners. [It’s] a perfect day of family fun. Bring the pups for a good time for a great cause.’

Ms Legge added that Z99 will be broadcasting live from the event all afternoon.

‘They’ll be bringing their rocking energy as well as some great tunes,’ she said. ‘We expect a wide variety of people at Yappy Hour; the event has become quite well-known in the dog community. Dog owners and volunteers are encouraged to bring their animals or Humane Society animals out for a day of fun for all!’

More information and volunteers wanting to sign up to help at the event can contact Trina Legge at [email protected] or call the Humane Society at 949-1461.

Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

From 12pm to 2pm on Saturday, guests can reserve a spot in a cooking class with some very special guest chefs.

Included in the deal is a four-course meal with wine. The idea came about when Simon Powell, Barefoot Man George Nowak and executive chef at the Lighthouse, Remy Azavedo, were chatting at one of his weekly cooking classes.

‘The idea was to host a cooking class where Barefoot and Simon would do the cooking and I would be the student,’ explained Mr. Azavedo. ‘I mentioned it to Giuseppe [Gatta, proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant] and he suggested doing a charity event.’

Preparing the appetisers for the event will be none other than Governor Stuart Jack.

‘The Governor and his wife are regular students at the Saturday cooking classes and when Giuseppe mentioned [the charity idea] to him he gladly agreed to be part of it,’ said Mr. Azavedo.

There is already discussion of the cook-off becoming an annual event, added Mr. Azavedo, who said that in the future it would be done for different charities to address the ‘other areas on the island that need urgent attention and help’.

It’s a little risky having amateur chefs cook a meal for 36 guests, but Mr. Azavedo isn’t concerned. ‘It’s just pure fun for a good cause,’ he said. ‘What can you expect when you put together the Governor, Barefoot Man, Simon Powell, Giuseppe and I?’

He also has a back-up plan in case things go awry, however. ‘Worst comes to worst, we will make Barefoot and Giuseppe dance.’

To make reservations for the event call 947-2047. The event capacity is limited to 36 and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.