Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman to benefit from women’s hedge funds charity

Pilar Bush
Pilar Bush

Charity group 100 Women in Hedge Funds has designated Big Brothers Big Sisters as its 2016 Cayman beneficiary.

According to a statement from the charity, 100 Women in Hedge Funds “aligns its yearly objectives to a global theme that rotates on an annual basis to ensure the greatest impact on the local community; for 2016, the theme is Mentoring.”

It chose Big Brothers Big Sisters because this local charity promotes its mentoring objectives by pairing adult volunteers with children in the community who could benefit most from a one-on-one mentoring relationship.

Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pilar Bush, said, “Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman is thrilled to have been selected by 100WHF Cayman as the 2016 beneficiary of its philanthropic efforts. As the leading mentoring organization in the Cayman Islands, our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

“This partnership will allow us to significantly expand our school and community-based mentoring and raise local awareness for the measurable positive impact of mentoring.”

Last year the Cayman branch of 100 Women in Hedge Funds raised US$56,425 for LIFE (Literacy Is For Everyone) with three events: the Barefoot Beach Gala, Centered Leadership Workshop and the Nicole Miller Fashion Show.

Reflecting on 2015, Marilyn Conolly, executive director of LIFE, said, “LIFE is committed to improving literacy levels in the Cayman Islands and it is only possible to do this work with the partnership and commitment of organizations such as 100WHF Cayman. With the funds raised by this dedicated group of professional women, LIFE was able to reach children across all the public schools on Grand Cayman and take us one step closer to our goal of a literate community.

“It is such a joy to see children develop a love of reading, master a word, or have their face light up when they see their reading partner. It is these moments and milestones that keep us dedicated to our mission and we are so thankful to have 100WHF share this journey.”

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global association of more than 13,000 professional women. Through volunteer efforts led by its members, its aim is to make a difference in the hedge funds industry and in the community with unique educational programming, peer leverage initiatives and philanthropic efforts. The Cayman Islands is 100WHF’s fastest growing location with a membership approaching 500.

Among the group’s fundraising events planned for 2016 is the third annual Barefoot Beach Gala on April 16, at Tiki Beach.

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