As the only pink tie event worth
attending this month, the annual Breast Cancer Gala dinner comes to The
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on 16 October.
The event, which raises money and
awareness for breast cancer, will feature a three- course dinner, as well as
live and silent auctions to raise money for the newly established Breast Cancer
Foundation. The auctions will include a wide variety of items and services from
local business, including a Cartier handbag, a Vespa scooter, Waterford crystal
and a luxury boat charter.
As in the past, the event will
feature a combination of great food, inspirational speakers and wonderful
entertainment. The guest speaker and headlining entertainer will be Barbara
Padilla, noted soprano and cancer survivor.
Ms Padilla’s inspirational story
started in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she spent her formative years studying
music. However, during her time at college she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy, which it was feared could end her
potential musical career, as there was a chance the chemotherapy could damage
her vocal chords.
During a visit to Texas for a
medical consultation, she auditioned at the Moore’s School of Music at the
University of Texas, where she received a scholarship and completed her
master’s degree while battling cancer.
Ms Padilla made her name in the
2009 series of America’s Got Talent, finishing as the runner up. Since then,
she has been in great demand as a performer and speaker.
The Breast Cancer Gala is now in
its third year due to its great success, even though it was originally intended
as a one-off fundraiser.
All funds raised will go toward
supporting the breast cancer initiatives of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society
and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.
Tickets, at $175 per person, may be
reserved by calling 949-4822.
For more information, visit breastcancergala.ky