Preliminary figure for funds raised is $89,000
The annual Easter Auction held by the Little Cayman chapter of the National Trust raised an estimated $89,000 last Saturday.
Chairperson Betty Bua-Smith cautioned that this figure was preliminary. Some pledges still needed to be confirmed and some amounts had to be double-checked to see if they were in US or CI currency, she explained. “But we believe this was our best event ever — mainly because, in the middle of the auction, we do a special project. This year the project was for land acquisition for the communal nesting site of the rock iguana.”
Ms Bua-Smith said the event, held at the National Trust House, had a fantastic turn-out of residents of Little Cayman and Grand Cayman, plus a few from Cayman Brac, and visitors staying at little Cayman’s various resorts.
She and auctioneer Peter Hillenbrand made a special presentation to Debbi Truchan, past district chairperson, “for her years of dedication and continued participation” in the Trust district committee’s activities.
Anyone who has visited the Trust House in Little Cayman over the past five or six years will most likely have met Ms Truchan, since she worked there as a volunteer six days a week. Her gift was a crystal bowl with butterflies etched in the design.
Items auctioned included a pencil sketch by Jerry Scott, who is already known to everyone because he works at the Little Cayman airport. The enthusiasm shown for his work could mean that he will also be well-known for his artistic achievements.
Ms Truchan, now district committee vice-chairperson, noted that one of the main providers of items for auction was Little Cayman resident Lynn Lock. She explained that Ms Lock not only spends a good portion of the year searching out eclectic bargains but she also encourages friends from overseas to bring contributions for the auction when they come to visit.