Big Brothers Big Sisters of the
Cayman Islands is repeating their popular fundraiser, An Evening of Jazz and
Fashion, on Thursday, 21 October at Abacus restaurant in Camana Bay.
Attracting over 400 patrons last
year, the event was a glamorous affair that featured models in fabulous fashion
pieces from NKY and NKY Collections. Attendees were not only treated to the
runway pizzazz of attorneys from Maples & Calder, Ogier, Appleby, Conyers
Dill & Pearman and Brooks & Brooks, but also former Leader of
Government Business Truman Bodden, former Miss Cayman Rebecca Parchment and the
debonair Ian Porter, all of whom helped ‘raise the bar’ as well.
“We’re keeping a similar concept
because what we did last year worked beautifully,” said Hemant Balgobin,
interim fundraising chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We’re also widening
our model pool to include prominent citizens from professions outside of law,
and we’ve made a few other changes relating to the venue and the sequence of
activities to keep things fresh and exciting.”
All event proceeds will go toward
the development of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentor programmes and the training
of the volunteer mentors so that they can make a lasting impression on the
children involved. US research has shown that positive relationships between
young people and their Big Brother and Big Sister mentors have a direct and
measurable impact on their lives.
By participating in the youth
mentoring programme, organisers say, Little Brothers and Sisters are more
confident in their academic performance, able to get along better with their
families, 46 per cent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 per cent
less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52 per cent less likely to skip school
Individual tickets cost CI$35, and
corporate tables of 12, including complimentary bottles of champagne, will sell
for $500. Contact the BBBS office at (345) 945.6315 for more details.
Dinner and welcome cocktails get
under way from 5pm, and the fashion show, interspersed with a live auction, is
slated to start at 6.30pm sharp.
The major corporate sponsors are
Abacus, NKY & NKY Collections, Camana Bay, dms Broadcasting Limited and
Westar Cable TV.