Little diamonds rely on auction

When the annual little league auction comes around again next month another six-figure sum is likely to be raised from the popular event.

Last year over CS$100,000 was collected for little league to continue to flourish at the Field of Dreams and although the recession is biting, there are many who loyally support the cause no matter what.

This time the auction is at the newly opened Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre on 7 November. Tickets are $100, catering is by Mise en Place and they hope to have over 300 attending.

There are already many items, both inexpensive and high ticket collected for auction, including a signed ball the Phillies and a signed glove by Derek Jeter.

Many pillars of Cayman society will support the event, including Dr Greg Hoeksema who is evidently a committed family man. He runs with wife Mary and sons Conner and Reese in road races and coaches the boys in little league as well as other kids.

‘I sometimes have to find time to give back to the community and this is such an important programme for kids,’ he said.

‘There are lots of local and ex-pat kids and it’s fun having them all playing together and being some place other than on the street.

‘You’ve got to set the example for a healthy lifestyle, that’s what we’re trying to do and we’re having fun whilst we’re doing it.

‘We’re pretty optimistic about the auction. We’ve got a bunch of great prizes donated and Sara Mackay has worked really hard to put it all together. We think it’s going to be a really great turnout and we’re hoping to raise lots of money for little league.’

Alisha Forbes, 11, loves little league. She’s been doing it for three years and has played for Bodden Beverages, First Caribbean and Automotive Art.

She said: ‘This is my favourite sport because I get to learn different positions and I am active. It’s good to exercise. I love pitching.’

Robert Imparato is on the board of directors of the little league and an organiser of the auction.

‘We have a number of surprises and a silent auction and sports memorabilia and vacation packages,’ said Imparato.

‘There are everyday items too, like gift certificates. There’s a perception that this is only for high rollers but that’s not the case. There are big items and also some bargains.’

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