Humane Society Gala set for Saturday

The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s
annual fundraising dinner is set to take place on Saturday evening. The event
will take place at the Marriott Beach Resort on West Bay Road.

The event will kick off with a
champagne reception at 7pm, during which guests will be able to bid on the
various items included in the silent auction. Guests will then be called to
dinner by master of ceremonies Andrew Bacon. The rest of the evening will feature
a candle-lit three course dinner and a live auction. The dress code is stylish,
but jackets are not required.

The event always aims to entertain,
and will feature a variety of acts, both amateur and professional.

The event started in 1997 with a
dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Humane Society.

“It was held at the Lighthouse
Restaurant, put together by Giuseppe and Suzanne Gatta, Georgia McSorely, Sue
McGinness and myself,” said organiser Diane Brazelton.

“We had attended a dinner that was
a small gathering the previous year at Transnational House and thought we could
grow it to an annual celebration.”

And grown it has, with a guest list
that started at around 100 for the first events having grown to over 300.

Throughout the years this event has
also been held under a tent at Pedro St. James, on the other end of a ferry at
Kaibo and in many of the fine hotel ballrooms on Grand Cayman.

The event is a very important
fundraiser for the Humane Society and helps the society to continue its work with
Cayman’s less fortunate animals.

“We have been very fortunate and
thankful to attract caring, generous residents and visitors to this event since
it is the major fundraiser for us during the year,” said Ms Brazelton.

Over the years the event has raised
in excess of $600,000 for the organisation, with the funds being used for
capital improvements.

“We created our own surgical room
which we were very proud of. In this state of the art room, we can do a number
of the simpler procedures such as spay and neuter. With this investment, we are
able to help the community with low cost spay and neuter procedures for pets
that they adopt from us,” said Ms Brazelton.

The mission of the Humane Society
is to provide shelter, care and attention to all unwanted animals and seek out
responsible and loving homes for them.

Tickets are $150 per person.

For more information and tickets
call Diane Brazelton at 916-2905 or contact the Humane Society Shelter on North
Sound Road at 949-1461.