Little League gearing up for annual auction

The Cayman Islands Little League Association is busy preparing for another of its notoriously fun fundraising auctions.

The auction, which will be held on Saturday November 7, is the Little League’s major annual fundraiser.

This year the event will be held at the newly opened Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre.

Auction coordinator Sara Mackay said the new venue will open the event up to a wider audience.

‘We are so hoping to keep our traditional loyal support from the corporate and professional sector and enlarge upon it to include Little League parents and former players,’ she said.

Tickets, which will go on sale soon, will be sold as tables of ten for $1,000.

The ticket price includes a three-course steak dinner with some champagne and wine included.

The Little League continues to ask for and need support to service the loan on their much-loved, four-diamond Field of Dreams ball park.

Community support has always been strong because of high numbers of children who have participated in a ball programme over the years.

Going into their 20th year, Little League is an independent, not-for-profit organization that offers a place where the entire community can come together to play and learn.

In addition to the programs for children – which have always been conducted free of charge – the Field of Dreams also hosts adult programmes.

The slow-pitch adult co-ed leagues attract more than 20 teams every season, with participation over the years of some 500 men and women.

The co-ed programme, which is administrated by the little league, offers leagues for every skill level, from beginners to highly competitive, experienced players.

For the 2009 fall programme 21 teams signed up to play with a handful being completely new to the world of softball.

The current schedule finishes in the middle of November with its playoff stages. Thereafter comes a brief break for the busy Christmas social period.

Adult co-ed softball then starts again in January, with another chance to join in the fun.

The adult co-ed programme coordinator is Alan Markoff ([email protected]).

The Field of Dreams also hosts men’s and women’s leagues and a government department softball league.

The men’s league, which is operated by the Cayman Islands Softball Association, recently hosted a successful Nicaraguan International softball tournament that brought in teams from California, New York, Miami and Nicaragua.

Cayman had a pair of teams in the competition and the squads went deep into the playoff stages of the event.

Tournament director Marlon Thomas recently reported to the little league that the visiting teams were quite impressed by the Field of Dreams facility.

‘We couldn’t have done it without the facility,’ he said, adding that the association is hoping to host a Caribbean tournament in the future.

The Little Leaguers’ season typically runs from January through June, however some 11-and-12-year-olds are right now preparing for a tournament that will be held the weekend of 31 October.

One of the organizers of the upcoming tournament is Dayne Brady ([email protected]).

To book tables or to make enquiries about the upcoming auction, contact Sara Mackay at [email protected].

For other information about the local Little League, contact Daryn Lansdale at [email protected].