Event aids eastern districts’ animals

Animal welfare in the eastern districts of Grand Cayman received a helping hand recently thanks to the first Protection of Animal Welfare Society for the Eastern Districts dinner and auction. 

The event was held at the Rum Point Club and boasted a sold out crowd of more than 100 supporters who gathered on the beach with their feet in the sand. Some came by car, others by boat with a sunset sail arranged by Red Sail Sports. But all opened up their wallets to support the less fortunate animals. 

Flower-filled conch shells and tiki torches set the scene, while master of ceremonies and president of the organisation Giuseppe Gatta, along with Vico Testori and Tony Crescente, helped start the evening off with some light relief, setting the tone for the rest of the event. 

The enthusiastic crowd took the bidding to great heights on a variety of silent auction items including a selection of wine and spirits, spa treatments, weekend stays at local hotels and condos, jewellery and artwork.  

After a buffet dinner, it was on to the live auction with Mr. Gatta acting as auctioneer. The highlight of the live auction was a two-week stay in Portugal, donated by Harry and Jane Tee. 

“It was a remarkable experience to come together for the benefit of the Island’s animals,” said George Reynolds, one of the organisation’s supporters who attended the event. 

Mr. Gatta said: “The funds raised will be used to assist with the spay and neuter campaign, assist the persons who can’t afford it with vet bills for heartworm tests and de-worming, and to assist with dog or cat food for families in need.” 

PAWS fundraising

Master of ceremonies Giuseppe Gatta drums up bids during the live auction. – Photo: Submitted