Hedge fund women help Crisis Centre

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds organization has raised more than US$26,000 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre to assist Cayman’s vulnerable women and children.

The funds came from a Barefoot Beach Gala earlier this summer at Tiki Beach, which was attended by more than 230 guests.

“The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre was selected as the 2014 beneficiary as it provides services that fit this year’s global philanthropy theme of Women’s and Family Health,” said Philanthropy Committee Chair Christina Bodden, a partner at Maples and Calder.

“This is a perfect example of women helping women,” she said. “The need to support victims of domestic violence and their children is unfortunately great and the Crisis Centre is instrumental in providing emergency shelter that enables women and children to take those first steps to a life free from violence. We are pleased to be able to financially support them in their efforts and make a difference in this way.”
At the event, Crisis Centre Executive Director Ania Milanowska-Sedgley said, “It is wonderful to see such an outpouring of support for the Crisis Centre by this exceptional group of women. We are grateful to be this year’s beneficiary and partner with 100WHF. The committee pledged to raise over US$35,000 for the Crisis Centre in 2014 and the inaugural gala brought in well over half the amount already.”

Amanda Pullinger, Global CEO of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, was in attendance, as well as Jane Buchan, founder and CEO of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company. Ms. Buchan was presented with the 2014 North American Industry Leadership Award. Also in attendance was Education Minister Tara Rivers.

100WHF’s next fundraising event will be the Crisis Centre’s second annual speaker series featuring Joshua Safran, a lawyer, documentary producer, writer and a childhood victim of domestic violence.

Mr. Safran produced a documentary about his years of working to free a woman from prison who had killed her abusive husband. The event, which is scheduled for Sept. 11, will feature a private screening of the documentary “Crime After Crime,” followed by a discussion and book signing by Mr. Safran.

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