Hospice concert celebrates music, life, community

On Saturday, 10 October, people from across Cayman are welcomed to join in a global event.

Voices for Hospices, a biannual event that takes place worldwide, celebrates a support for hospice care through more than 500 concerts that begin at 7pm in 70 countries across the globe.

Cayman HospiceCare has hosted this event four times now, and this year’s concert will coincide with the grand opening of The Crescent at Camana Bay, a location dedicated to offering an environment suitable for families and community living, a goal that is similar to that of the Voices for Hospice event.

‘It is very exciting to imagine such a wonderful, family-oriented event raising funds and awareness for Cayman HospiceCare,’ said the organisation’s office manager, Jennifer Grant-McCarthy.

Mrs. Grant-McCarthy added that Cayman HospiceCare relies almost solely upon donations and fundraisers to raise the $1,500 daily cost involved in running the organisation.

‘We are incredibly lucky to have this kind of support from everyone involved and it promises to be a fantastic evening with great entertainment, prizes and surprises,’ said Mrs. Grant-McCarthy.

With the addition of a new location at Camana Bay, Mrs. Grant-McCarthy said it will be the ‘first time at this scale’ for the event.

‘The Crescent is a wide-open space with a purpose-built promenade, interactive fountain, small island for ‘hanging out’ and public docking space for 30 boats,’ said Kathy Jackson of AtWater Consulting Ltd, who are currently providing public relations services for Camana Bay. ‘In spring of 2010, it will be the home of Camana Bay’s first waterfront restaurants.’

The decision to hold the Voices for Hospices concert at Camana Bay came about due to the musical talent performing on the night. Dart and Camana Bay sponsor the Cayman National Orchestra and Choir, so when musical director Sue Horrocks was approached by Cayman HospiceCare about providing entertainment for the event, she went to Camana Bay, explained Mrs. Grant-McCarthy.

‘When we were approached by Voices for Hospices and the proposed concert dates and ‘ready’ dates for The Crescent coincided we knew that Voices would be the perfect way to introduce The Crescent to the community,’ said Nikki Callender, senior manager of events for Camana Bay. ‘Voices is a family event which raises money for an incredibly worthy cause and we couldn’t be more delighted to have the Voices for Hospices concert taking place at The Crescent.’

To encourage the development of The Crescent as a community space, Ms Callender added that, with the exception of future Voices for Hospices events and Taste of Cayman, ‘all events held at The Crescent … will be public events, meaning that they are open to the public free of charge.’

As it is, the Voices for Hospices concert is just $10 a ticket, and tickets can be purchased from Cayman HospiceCare in the Conch Shell House or from Books & Books at Camana Bay. Donations will also be collected throughout the evening.

‘Every dollar counts and is appreciated,’ said Mrs. Grant-McCarthy. ‘There will be raffles throughout the night, a door prize of two nights’ stay and a brunch at the Westin has been donated by the hotel ad there are more than 100 other prizes to be won.’

For more on the Voices for Hospices event and the opening of The Crescent at Camana Bay, see next week’s Caymanian Weekender.