National Trust prepares for anniversary gala

Tickets for the 25th anniversary gala of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands have gone on sale.

The event, which is set to take place on Friday, 2 November, will also feature the inaugural Governor’s Conservation Awards.

The setting for the event will be the historic Grand Old House in Grand Cayman with the evening featuring a champagne reception, a live auction under the guidance of master of ceremonies Jay Ehrhart and live music and dancing courtesy of Suite Elite.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Governor’s Conservation Awards, recognising conservation efforts across different sectors of society, with awards presented in four categories; Conservationist of the Year, excellence in Corporate Conservation, Tourism Industry Conservation and Heritage Preservation.

Up for auction are a private dinner for eight at the Governor’s House with Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor, an original remarque Cayman Islands map by artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, a Costa Rica eco-adventure, a Key West spa vacation, and a vacation at a holiday home on the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island, Bahamas. There will also be one of a kind mystery auction items that promise to add more excitement to the evening.

Another unique feature of the evening will be the “Wall of Wine and Rum” raffle. This will give the general public and gala guests the opportunity to support the trust by donating bottles for the raffle at Blackbeard’s and Big Daddy’s stores.

Also new this year, the Garden Club, Trisha’s Roses, Every Bloomin’ Thing and other participants in the Decorate for Charity feature will be judged by Mrs. Taylor on their trust-themed table designs.

National Trust General Manager Christina McTaggart noted there is still time to nominate a person, business or organisation you think deserves recognition for their work in environmental or historic conservation, as the deadline for nominations for the Governor’s Conservation Awards has been extended to 12 October.

To book a table or purchase tickets contact Basia McGuire at 749-1129.

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