Eldemire House restoration receives boost

NT dinner raised $20,000+

Efforts to restore the Eldemire
House on Cayman Brac received a substantial boost from the National Trust
Dinner and Wine Auction.

The event, which took place at 7
Prime Cuts & Sunsets at The Ritz-Carlton, raised in excess of $20,000 for
the restoration of the historic Trust property.

“The $20,000, coupled with some
other funds the Trust has on hand, will, at the very least, allow us to stabilise
the roof of the house so that it can withstand future storms,” said Frank
Balderamos, general manager of the Trust.

The event formed part of the Cayman
Cookout and was very well supported.

“On behalf of the team at The
National Trust, I would like to thank everyone who made this event possible,”
said Mr. Balderamos.

“Without Jacques Scott Group Ltd.,
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Certified Angus Beef as sponsors and the
attendees of the evening, the National Trust could not have raised this money
for the restoration of the Eldemire House.”

According to Mr. Balderamos, the
Trust aims to restore the house “to a state where locals and visitors alike
will be able to tour the house and see what life was like int eh Brac during
the period of the 1920’s and 1930’s.”

During the 1932 hurricane, the Eldemire
House, remained intact, protecting the 32 people sheltered there, even though
it was shifted off its foundation. “The major historic significance of the home
is that it was one of only a handful to survive the 1932 hurricane, and later
served as a distribution point for food, medical, and relief supplies,” said
Mr. Balderamos.

Donated in 2005 to the Trust, the
historic home was in the process of being restored when Hurricane Paloma struck
Cayman Brac in November 2008.

At the event auctioneer Robert Sleigh,
vice president of wine at Sotheby’s in New York, regaled the crowd with his
knowledge and managed spirited bidding wars for the top grossing items. The 29
live auction lots included rare selections from Cayman Cookout partners Schloss
Johannisberg, Grgich Hills and Maison Joseph Drouhin.

“The immense success of this
auction must be attributed to the team at Jacques Scott who curated an auction
list that has never been matched in depth, rarity and excitement in the Cayman
Islands,” said Guntram Merl, director of food and beverage at The Ritz-Carlton,
Grand Cayman.

“Peter and Paula Dutton and Lee
Royle really set the benchmark for future Cayman Cookout wine events,” said Mr.
Merl.

Guests also included Tony
Bielaczyc, garden editor of Martha Stewart Living magazine and Gail Simmons, special
projects editor at Food & Wine magazine and permanent judge on Bravo’s
popular Top Chef programme.

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Lee Royle, wine sales at Jacques Scott Group Ltd., Diane Yost, director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Erika Walton, marketing and development manager at the National Trust and Frank Balderamos, general manager of the National Trust, Roger Ponce, executive assistant manager at The Ritz-Carlton and Peter Dutton, managing director Jacques Scott Group Ltd. attended the dinner and auction.
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