White Party weathers storm, raises thousands for athletes

The Cayman Islands Olympic Fundraising Committee’s “White Party, Hamptons Style” raised thousands for Cayman athletes at a glittering event over the weekend. 

Virtually every one of the 150 who attended adhered to the dress code of wearing only white at the gala, held at the recently opened WaterColours residences on Seven Mile Beach Friday night.  

Among the attendees were Governor Helen Kilpatrick and Minister of Sports Osbourne Bodden.  

Betty Baraud, chairperson of the Olympic Fundraising committee and organizer of the event, said, “Despite the inclement weather, the evening was perfect, WaterColours was literally a sea of white, other than the gorgeous Sand Angels models who paraded in black bikinis, and Cartier was beautifully displayed, like an authentic Parisian boutique.”  

Ms. Baraud said she was extremely grateful for the huge support of this event. “Whilst the final figures are not in yet, I estimate that we raised in the region of $40,000,” she said. 

She added that the evening was superb despite the heavy rains that thwarted enjoying the program outside.  

“But that tropical storm could not dampen the spirits of the guests,” Ms. Baraud said. The owners’ lounge was later used for the auction, where master of ceremonies Gary Benham and auctioneer Vicki Wheaton kept the guests entertained, and a six-day stay at Butler’s Manor in the Hamptons went for $5,500.  

“The evening perhaps was made a bit more wild in a fun way by the unexpected squall that came out of nowhere,” said Ms. Baraud. “But I do not think it impacted the financial success of the event in a significant way.  

“We were very fortunate that it all happened after our guests arrived and not before.”  

The evening still finished spectacularly when a Taylor Swift look-alike, aka Sabrina Salmon, took to the stage and belted out one of her hits, “Shake It Off.”  

“It was the perfect end to a very enjoyable and successful evening,” said Ms. Baraud.  

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Governor Helen Kilpatrick, flanked by daughter Olivia Connolly and event organizer Betty Baraud, at the “White Party, Hamptons Style” Friday evening at the WaterColours. – Photo: Margaret Jackson