Camelot Auction: Rotary rocks at the Ritz

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s
Camelot Auction, an annual fundraiser for the service club’s community
initiatives, was held in all three ballrooms of the Ritz-Carlton, on Friday, 21
May. The auction and dinner was well attended by Rotarians and others who
support the work of the club, founded in 1966.

The black tie event encouraged
brisk bidding and raised more than $200,000. Among the items auctioned off was
a holiday at a seaside vacation villa in Acapulco, Mexico with its own cook and
driver; an autographed picture of the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis; a boat and
an Audi Q5.  

“It really pleases us that during
hard times the Cayman community can be so generous and support the efforts that
Rotary dedicates themselves to throughout the year”, said the club’s Director
of Fundraising, John Felder.

“We just can’t thank everyone
enough, from the volunteers, to the vendors, donor of items and those who paid
to come and spend their money.”

Another highlight of the fundraiser
was a performance by dancers from The Dance Studio. The company’s
choreographer, Supriya Singh, had even coached several high-ranking Rotarians
in ballroom and Latin dancing to entertain the crowd.   

“We loved it, all the guests loved
it,” Mr. Felder said. “It was like having our own… version of Dancing with
the Stars”.

In an effort to raise even more for
the club’s programmes, including Meals on Wheels, its Seniors’ Luncheon and the
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the club has extended the auction, which will
have an online presence ( from 1 June (for viewing) with bidding
opening between 15-30 June.

According to Mr. Felder, the online
auction will include a wide selection of lots of varying price points,
including property at The Island at Newlands Sound, tickets to the Brickyard
400 NASCAR race at Indianapolis in July, a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label
Scotch and several pieces of jewellery.    

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Eager to bid supporters of this year’s Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Camelot Auction helped raise over $200,000.