The National Council of Voluntary Organizations is putting out an appeal in an effort to drum up support for its annual Radio/Telethon next month. The money raised assists with the care, education and well-being of children and families in need of support in the Cayman Islands.
The event, which takes place on Nov. 2 at Prospect Playhouse, will be broadcast live on Cayman 27 and Radio Cayman. A showcase of local artists will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening.
The nonprofit NCVO relies heavily on corporate donations, but commitments this year have dropped dramatically – by 65 percent compared to 2012.
“We’re really down on donations this year,” said CEO Janice Wilson. “We’re hoping the public will step up and help.”
The annual telethon is the group’s main fundraiser of the year. Among the community projects that benefit are the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, Miss Nadine’s Preschool, the Jack and Jill Nursery, the John R. Gray Memorial Fund and the Caring Cousins Lunch Support Program.
Last year, the event raised $140,000, and organizers are hoping to raise at least the same amount this year.
Now in its 34th year, the telethon is one of the longest running fundraising events in the Cayman Islands. It features a lineup of musical entertainment catering to a variety of tastes, from pop and rock to island-style and country.
Among this year’s talent are Gone Country, Barefoot Man, Andy Martin, Gordon Solomon, Bona Fide, J.R. Douglas, Cool School, Inverse and Trinity, featuring Jarrett Powell, Cory Allenger and Kate Allenger.
Viewers who make a pledge have a chance to win one of more than 40 prizes, including tickets from Cayman Airways, an iPhone from LIME, spa treatments and numerous gift certificates from shops and restaurants around the island.
The public is welcome to come out and watch the live entertainment free of charge at the Prospect Playhouse.
Those who would like to present their donations live on camera can register prior to the event by contacting Janice Wilson at the NCVO office at 949-2124 or emailing [email protected] Donations may also be sent in by mail prior to the event at: NCVO, P.O. Box 1140, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102. The pledge will be announced on radio and television that evening. Those who wish to donate anonymously should state this preference.
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