Humane Society dinner goes to the dogs

The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s
annual fundraising dinner took place on Saturday, 19 March, at the Marriott
Beach Resort Grand Cayman.

The event is the major fundraiser
for the Humane Society and this year raised close to $100,000 for Cayman’s
homeless and neglected animals.

“We have received very positive
feedback from people who attended the event, many of whom attend every year.
This appears to be one of the most enjoyable in our 25 years of putting on this
fundraiser,” said Pamela Heart, head of fundraising.

The evening started with a
champagne reception, allowing guests to browse the items that formed part of
the silent and live auctions while socialising with other supporters of the
Humane Society.

As the guests filed into the
ballroom, it was clear that the evening was a sold-out affair, with 280 guests

The Suite Elite Lounge Trio set the
mood for the evening, providing music as guests entered the room and during

Of course, table talk often turned
to animals, with master of ceremonies Andrew Bacon managing to fire up the old
dog or cat debate during his first couple of minutes on stage, much to the
amusement of the guests.

The portion of the evening that really
got the crowd going was the live auction, with Mr. Bacon making the transition
from MC to auctioneer.

“Andrew Bacon did a marvellous job
getting everyone in a bidding mood for our live auction,” said Ms Heart.

Thanks to LP Productions, each item
had an accompanying musical soundtrack, with the auctioneer getting the guests
swinging to the beat.

The items on offer included two
trips to Jamaica including air fare to stay at Strawberry Hill and Breezes
Runaway Bay respectively; beautiful watches donated by Magnum, Diamonds International
and The Mansion at Camana Bay; a catered dinner from Mise en Place; as well as a
private Lighthouse cooking class; a Ritz-Carlton overnight stay and oil
paintings by Suladda and Saba.

The silent auction also resulted in
very competitive bidding on a range of items including jewellery, artwork,
furnishings, housewares, handbags, watches, wine, restaurant certificates,
fitness, pet accessories and much more.

However, the items that drew the
most competitive bidding were the traditional slabs of salmon that have become
a staple of the Humane Society auctions over the years. It can be guessed that
a couple of very spoilt pets had their fill over the weekend.

During the evening, raffle tickets
were also sold, which put guests in line to win the contents of a mystery box.
Although there was mischievous speculation that one of the prizes in the box
may be a pregnant cat, it turned out that all the prizes were legitimate.

The winner of the prize was
Courtney Imparato.

“The Humane Society traditionally
enjoys public goodwill and support and being a non-profit organisation, we rely
heavily on fundraising to keep our door open and to continue the job of looking
after the homeless and neglected animals in our care.  We are most grateful to everyone who made
this evening a success,” said Ms Heart.

“We also want to thank our table
sponsors, generous retailers, vendors and businesses who donated items and
services to our live and silent auctions,” she continued.

Major sponsors of the event were
the Imparato family, Bodden Holdings, Caymanian Compass, Caribbean Marine
Services, dms broadcasting, Pinnacle Publishing, Mourant du Feu & Jeune,
and Royal Bank of Canada. Too Hot was a silver sponsor, while bronze sponsors
were Animal House, Body Works, Budget Rent a Car, Cayman National, Crighton
Properties, Paul and Sophia Harris, Krys & Associates and NKY.