Like many sports little league baseball is looking to get going after the Easter break. Thanks to major fund-raiser earlier in the month, the discipline should make solid headway.
The auction for the Cayman Islands Little League grossed about $110,000; netting $70,000. Those funds are going towards paying the remaining debt on the ‘Field of Dreams’ baseball facility in George Town. Prior to the auction it was revealed that the facility had a debt under $300,000.
The auction kept its reputation as a great fund-raiser to support little league baseball in Cayman (which has been around some 22 years). The evening started with the popular ‘Balloon Barrage’ with prizes ranging from Smoothie King smoothies and ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen to $100 and restaurant vouchers. From there came the silent auction featuring sports posters and tennis lessons. Afterwards a group of Little Leaguers stormed into the Arts and Recreation Centre and performed ‘YMCA’ in uniform, ranging from age 5 to 16.
Auctioneer Sean Kelly then took centre stage, alongside little league coach Rob Harris as Master of Ceremonies and Kathryn Cribb as item introducer and dance teacher. The live auction saw a number of items go from hockey pucks a Subaru car from Eurocar to fishing equipment and scotch whiskey.
Even more sought after than the things were the experiences. Four tickets to a White Sox game, along with a tour of US Cellular Field and the chance to meet players during batting practice, saw spirited bidding. The timing of the hockey playoffs heightened bidding for hockey-related items. However with baseball season underway there were opportunities to buy travel and game packages to a New York Yankees game and a Tampa Bay Rays match. A holiday golf weekend at Strawberry Hill in the Blue Mountains outside Kingston and a day’s fishing charter were some of the most popular items.
Other than the bidding, the auction saw a number of news items. Pam Parsons was recognized with the ‘George Rivers Award’ for long service and dedication to little league. It was presented to her by Jeanette Totten, a former recipient. It was also announced that Cayman Airways has become the official airline of Little League, a relationship that should prove mutually beneficial. Donations were received towards scoreboards for each field by Joe Imparato and Jonathan da Costa along with companies KPMG and Home Gas.