Jazz, fashion fundraiser redux

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the
Cayman Islands is repeating their popular fundraiser, An Evening of Jazz and
Fashion, on Thursday, October 21 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 … 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.

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 are $35;
corporate tables of 12, including complimentary bottles of champagne, are $500.
Call BBBS office at 945.6315 for details.

Dinner and welcome cocktails get
under way at 5pm; the fashion show and live auction start at 6.30pm.

The event’s major corporate
sponsors include Abacus, NKY & NKY Collections, Camana Bay, dms
Broadcasting Limited and Westar Cable TV.