Gala benefits National Trust

The National Trust for the Cayman
Islands will hold its annual gala dinner and auction at the Grand Cayman
Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday, 30 October in the Orchid Ballroom. The event
will feature a silent and live auction, a three-course plated dinner and live
entertainment. Proceeds will benefit projects of the historic, environmental
and educational programmes of the National Trust.


Guest speaker

The guest speaker will be Fred
Burton, director of the Blue Iguana Recovery programme. He has lived and worked
in the Cayman Islands since 1979 and has led efforts to save the Grand Cayman
Blue Iguana since 1990. Formerly environmental programmes director for the
National Trust for the Cayman Islands, he was a key player in establishing the
Cayman Islands’ terrestrial protected area system and worked on conservation of
parrots, seabirds, threatened plants and their habitats. In 2007 he was awarded
an MBE for services in conservation of endangered species.

Fred Burton is the author of The
Little Blue Book: A Short History of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, Threatened
Plants of the Cayman Islands – the Red List, and Wild Trees in the Cayman Islands.
In his latest book, Fred gives a personal and informal account of his experiences
while working to save one of the world’s most endangered reptiles.


Auction items

The live and silent auctions will
feature a variety of unique items.

In the silent auction bidders may
vie for many National Trust services such as tours of the Mastic Trail,
historic George Town, the Mission House and a bat fly-out. Traditional
Caymanian crafts include items such as hand-woven thatch baskets. Other items
in the silent auction include  Waterford
crystal champagne flutes from Kirk Freeport, artwork and a book from Guy
Harvey, a private yoga class from Body Works, gift items from Luxe Life and a
gift from Beyond Basics Day Spa.

In the live auction, items include
two historic documents important to Caymanian history – the bill for the first
constitution of the Cayman Islands dated May 19, 1863 and a turtle treaty
between Nicaragua and the Cayman Islands dated May 6, 1916. Island Companies
Ltd has donated jewellery from Pandora and John Hardy, as well as a TW Steel
watch and a 14-carat gold diamond tennis bracelet.

Weekend stays at cottages in Little
Cayman and Cayman Kai cottages and a three-hour luxury boat charter courtesy of
Cayman Luxury Charters are also up for auction.


Projects of the trust

The proceeds from items auctioned
and partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit projects such as the
restoration of the Eldermire House in Cayman Brac, buying more Blue Iguana
habitat and creating teaching manuals.


Ticket Information: Tickets are
available for CI$160 per person or $1,600 per table of 10. The event is
Saturday, 30 October in the Orchid Ballroom at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach
Resort from 6.30pm.

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