“An incredible success,” is how Cayman Islands Veterans Association Vice President and former United States Marines Master Sgt. Andrew McLaughlin described the association’s first Veterans Benefit Dinner and Dance Gala. It raised more than $25,000 toward supporting the needs of veterans during the upcoming year.
Held Saturday, 20 October, the event was attended by about 200 guests. During the function, resident vets who served in British and allied militaries, and their families, joined with benefactors, sponsors and government officials to celebrate the bravery, and mourn the sacrifices, of those who served in World War I and World War II, as well as in subsequent conflicts.
Mr. McLaughlin expressed the association’s gratitude to sponsors who provided goods, services, attended the event or sponsored seats for veterans to attend the dinner. One highlight of the evening was the presentation to the association of a significant donation by Cabinet Minister Mike Adam on behalf of the Office of the Premier.
The Cayman Islands Veterans Association was formed in 1978 and has had several hundred members. While today the membership stands at about 60, its executive committee is earnestly recruiting new members who have served in uniform during recent times.