Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands held their second major fundraiser of the season at the Cayman Motor Museum in West Bay last week. This event was hosted by museum owner and philanthropist Andreas Ugland.
It was attended by 80 enthusiastic Formula 1 racing fans who enjoyed viewing the incredible car collection on display, the final race of the season from Sao Paolo, Brazil, an extensive door prize draw and grand auction of a dozen items, accompanied by food and drink provided by Ugland.
The fact that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel set yet another record by winning for the ninth consecutive time to seal another triumphant season that brought his fourth consecutive drivers’ championship, seemed inconsequential.
More excitement was built in the auction as bids for items got really competitive in support of Cayman’s Meals On Wheels campaign.
More than $4,000 was raised, with some of the most exciting and highly contested auction items being gift certificates from The Wharf and Luca restaurants, two bottles of single malt Scotch from Ugland’s personal cask, which sold for $300 each.
The most hotly contested item was a glorious red Ferrari shirt, which sold for $725 to Louis Massicotte, a Ferrari enthusiast who spent more than $1,000 in total.
Other major auction items were a Cayman Airways flight to the Sister Islands and a 2014 Formula 1 calendar.
The door prize draws included items from Cayman Distributors, Flow Therapeutic Movement (for yoga classes), Automotive Art gift cards and gift certificates from the popular restaurants Calypso Grill and Ragazzi. The grand door prize was a return flight to the winner’s choice of Tampa or Miami, which was won by Gina Athey.
Beulah McField, director of Cayman’s Meals on Wheels said she was very excited to have the continued support of the Formula 1 club, which previously made a sizable donation of food and money in April, as well as the ongoing support by club members in their food deliveries, fundraising and advertising efforts throughout the year.
McField is especially grateful to Paola Robinson, who works with Hurley’s entertainment marketing and was key in arranging Hurley’s and other supermarkets collecting hundreds of pounds of food and grocery donations throughout November, which is perfectly timed to provide extra resources prior for the Christmas season.
Another local grocery business, Progressive Distributors, promoted with the Rooster and Z99 radio stations to raise the profile of Meals on Wheels through hundreds of radio spots and the placement of food collection bins at all of the island’s major supermarkets for the entire month of November, also facilitated by Robinson.
Formula 1 club organizer Danny Roach said, “The entire season has been very rewarding for us as we raised in excess of $12,000 for charities like Meals On Wheels, Humane Society, Cancer Society, Hospice Care and The Pines Retirement Home.
“We believe in supporting local charities and have found many great local businesses think the same and want to support us and our efforts.
“Our marketing partners, who provide us with door prizes and auction items, found being associated with the Formula 1 club is a great way to promote and increase their business, while at the same time benefiting great local charities.
“On average, every $1 of product provided by one of our marketing partners has resulted in more than $4 being raised for charity and has created lasting loyalty from our members.”