UCCI aims to raise $1 million

The University College of the Cayman Islands has raised $10,000 towards an initiative to raise a million dollars it hopes to spend on improvements at the university. 

So far, this has come from faculty, staff and student contributions, and proceeds from two school-based fund-raisers, according to the university. 

“We are in meetings with a number of prospective corporate sponsors and once we have confirmed, we will be sure to update the public,” said Kristel Sanchez, UCCI’s director of marketing, public relations and alumni. 

The UCCI Omega Leo Club recently hosted a Winter Fete in support of the million dollar campaign, which raised $624.  

The evening of music, food and dancing celebrated students’ end-of-term exams to bring the campaign drive closer to its goal. Leo President John Bodden recently handed over the event’s proceeds to Acting President Perry George, UCCI’s dean of administration. 

During its 10th charter anniversary celebration in October, UCCI embarked on the Million Dollar Initiative campaign to raise funds to make the campus more accessible to all citizens, including those physically challenged, ensure there is emergency power, to lower operational costs, improve classrooms and facilities, and give faculty members the educational tools they need. 

After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, UCCI was left to grapple with a cost of more than $800,000 in repairs and replacements. Enrollment figures dropped from 592 to 454. Today, it caters to more than 1,000 students, university officials said. 

UCCI plans to hold a gala and awards night in May 2015 as the major fundraiser in its bid to get closer to its $1 million target. 

UCCI embarked on the million dollar campaign in October 2014 to raise funds to carry out much-need improvements at the University. 


Leo President John Bodden, second from left, presents a check to UCCI Dean of Administration Perry George, with Maureen Robinson, left, and Belinda Blessitt-Vincent.

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