Get into the groove for a good cause

Channel your inner ‘80s or simply relive your youth by dressing up as a punk rocker, metal head or perhaps in a new wave outfit for the “80s Night under the Stars.” Taking place on Friday, Oct. 24, at George Town Yacht Club, the event is presented by the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, and all proceeds will go toward the foundation’s grant program. 

D.J. Chris Jackson will be on hand spinning ‘80s tunes, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to “pop and lock,” do the “moon walk,” “the worm,” or even “the robot,” perhaps now’s your chance, as a breakdancing demo will be provided by several well-known local dancers such as Peter “Gucci” Bodden and Latrese Haylock. A photo booth will also be set up so that you can take silly photos of yourself and your friends while in costume. 

All guests will receive a free cocktail at the door, followed by hors d’oeuvres if you get there between 8-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction, with a wide range of items and price values to bid upon, such as a staycation in Cayman Kai, gym memberships, pampering spa services, automotive accessories and party-decorating packages, to name a few.  

A $250 cash grand prize will be randomly drawn, “but you have to be present to win so we encourage people to come out dressed in their best ‘80s outfit and have a great time,” said Rayle Roberts, chairperson of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation. 

“We thought that our target audience for this event would connect to this decade, and it would be a fun opportunity to step back in time to the era of big hair bands, neon colors and awesome music,” he said. 

While the foundation was established in October 2008, this will be its third annual fundraiser. Its grant program was established in 2013. “Our grant program allows us to award financial funding to community and non-profit organizations in the Cayman Islands that are aligned with achieving the vision of the foundation,” said Roberts, adding,  

“Grant funding is provided for programs or events that support the foundation’s objectives, which include advocating for the equality of women and girls in all areas of life; carrying out activities to empower men, women and children; developing policies and research projects that further the aim of gender equality; and advocating for a life free of violence for all.” 

The foundation was set up after Estella Scott-Roberts was abducted, raped and murdered in 2008. She was an outspoken leader in the area of women’s and children’s issues and rights in the Cayman Islands. The foundation continues to address the social issues that she so passionately supported.  

The recent “Girls Will” event, an empowerment conference produced by the Cayman Islands Red Cross and other community stakeholders, was the recipient of the foundation’s 2014 grant, and applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 grant. Roberts encourages interested organizations to submit their applications by Dec. 31. 

“80s Night Under the Stars” takes place from 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at George Town Yacht Club (upstairs of The Barcadere Marina). Advance tickets are $40 and are available for purchase at Paperman’s Coffeehouse (Mid-town and Strand locations) or from any of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation’s board members; they will be $50 at the door on the night of the event. 

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Estella Scott-Roberts