The Cayman Islands Little League holds its biggest fundraiser in 18 months next weekend.
Saturday, 9 April, sees its annual auction at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay. The theme will be Diamonds and Dust with a dress code aimed to be more fun than formal with sports jerseys welcome.
Coach Rob Harris will emcee the evening. Sean Kelly, a professional auctioneer, will also provide comedic relief alongside Kathryn Cribb, whose family has contributed greatly to the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.
Since the Cayman Little League’s inception 22 years ago, this is its 10th Auction and the proceeds will be used to benefit the nearly 500 kids playing in seven divisions on 33 teams. Every one of those children still play for free, thanks to team sponsorship.
This year’s auction is critical to the Little League’s continued success. Little League is still servicing the debt on the loan to build the Field of Dreams. As fundraising coordinator Sara MacKay states, the idea is keep up the group’s positive momentum.
“Fundraising is as important as ever,” said MacKay, who is a volunteer of more than two decades. “Even with the help of the many volunteers who make it all work, we absolutely depend on the generosity of the community to keep the Field of Dreams alive. We are close to retiring the debt, but proper care and upkeep of the fields, lighting and the turf going forward are important too.”
The Field of Dreams is a well-used facility. After the children practice and play each week, 25 coed teams of adults get their turn. Additionally, a women’s league plays on Saturday nights.
MacKay stresses that Little League has been financially responsible to this point.
“We’re grateful to BDO for the several past years of audits they have done for us pro bono and our Treasurer, Jason Bechard, who can vouch for the good stewardship of funding little league has received from our corporate and individual sponsors. However, it’s still not enough to cover the costs of the league and that’s why this upcoming auction on the 9th is important.”
The Diamonds and Dust event opens at 6pm with the popular Balloon Barrage. For $25 you’ll receive three prizes with a chance to win items such as ice cream cakes and electronics.
As in previous years, there will be a wide range of items to bid on. Look for memorabilia like an autographed guitar from country singers like Alan Jackson, sports equipment and collectors’ sports posters.
In addition, there will be the leather-bound copy of the book Long Walk To Freedom, an autobiography recounting apartheid in South Africa through the eyes of Nelson Mandela.
There will also be a brand-new sporty Subaru Impreza Sport Utility Vehicle on offer from Eurocar, and Cayman Airways will offer travel packages to locales like Washington DC, Chicago and Las Vegas.
Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. The ticket includes a full meal, catered by Mise en Place, a welcome cocktail and four bottles of wine per table.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 947–1572.