Royal Ascot night injects funds for Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games team has just been announced and the 28 members are grateful for the latest event to fund the trip to Glasgow next month by the Olympic Fundraising Committee.

Just short of $88,000 was raised at Luca Restaurant on Friday night with a repeat staging of “At The Races, Royal Ascot Style,” organized by Betty Baraud and her supportive committee.

Cayman Islands Olympic Committee representatives Donald McLean (president) and Jennifer Powell (chief operating officer) were there to enjoy the sumptuous dinner, entertainment and auction. Governor Helen Kilpatrick and Premier Alden McLaughlin and his wife Kim also attended.

To replicate Ascot’s Ladies Day, women wore impressive hats and some men were spotted in top hat and tails. Best hat competition winner was Sandy Hew and best dressed man was Charles Quin.

The auction was conducted by Kylee Reeder, the celebrated American auctioneer who is featured in the Guinness World Records for fastest auctioneering.

As always at these events, there were some fabulous items in the auction, including a three-day package to Royal Ascot in the U.K. in 2015, inclusive of Ladies Day, a weekend at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, a weekend for two at the SLS-South Beach Hotel, Miami and a party trip to 12 Mile Bank for 10, on board the Lagoon, a 44-foot catamaran, captained by Alan Roffey.

One of the best auction items was a dinner party for 10 with Winston Connolly, Roy McTaggart, Betty Baraud and Premier McLaughlin, which went for $5,500.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 and Cayman will compete in seven sports. With all the coaches, officials and support team, the whole operation will be an immense expense.

There are other major Games later in the year that need financial help too.

Baraud said, “It was really a wonderful evening and I’m really appreciative of everyone who supported the evening, including donators, sponsors and auction buyers.”