CARE puts the fun in fundraiser

Cayman Islands residents with a soft spot for animals found out that caring can be a lot of fun earlier this month at Ristorante Pappagallo.

Paws for Wine, Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiast’s big fundraiser for the year, was enjoyed by all, but more importantly it raised a lot of money to aid in the organisation’s mission to prevent ill-treatment, suffering and over-populations of domestic animals in the Cayman Islands.

CARE Director Lesley Agostinelli said she thought the evening was a great success, both in terms of funds raised and enjoyment.

“The biggest feedback we got was that everyone had a really fun time,” she said.

The event featured booths with wines provided by Blackbeard’s Fine Wines, Beers & Spirits from different countries – South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and the United States – for which guests were given tickets for four tastings. Additional full glasses of the wines being tasted were on sale for $6 a glass, with half the proceeds going the CARE.

Ristorante Pappagallo also made sure guests were well fed, serving delicious appetisers, three different types of ‘slider’ mini sandwiches and a variety of meats and salads at a carvery station.

“Pappagallo were extremely generous, and so were Blackbeard’s,” said Ms Agostinelli, adding that their generosity, along with the musical group Suite Elite performing for free, allowed CARE to maximise its fundraising efforts. Radio Cayman’s Jay Ehrhart served as emcee and auctioneer. In addition to several dozen silent auction items, there were 18 live-auction items on offer during the event. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame was raffled off and one lucky person won nearly $700 in a 50/50 raffle where the winner got to keep half of the money collected through the sale of raffle tickets.

Ms. Agostinelli said she thought the event was even better than last year’s.

“There wasn’t as much food last year,” she said, noting the ticket price was higher this year, but still reasonable at $75.

“And Suite Elite certainly livened up the event,” she said.

With its improvements this year, Paws for Wine will likely be an annual event.

“We definitely have a few ideas for change, but as an event concept, it’s come together well,” said Ms. Agostinelli.

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