Little Cayman National Trust boosted by Easter auction

Dianne Sherer-Fite shows off one of the items for sale at last weekend’s Little Cayman National Trust Easter auction. – PHOTO: JANET FREEMANTLE

The Little Cayman National Trust raised more than $45,000 at its annual Easter auction over the weekend, according to Betty Bua, chair of the island’s trust.

“It went very well,” she said, adding that the final fundraising tally from the event is not yet complete. The auctions, first a silent auction and then a live auction, featured art and jewelry primarily made by Little Cayman artists and artisans.

“It’s the biggest social event of the year, probably, on the island,” Ms. Bua said. She said it was impossible to know how many people came to the fundraiser: “People were inside and outside and you just couldn’t count them.”

The annual auction, now in its 24th year, is the biggest fundraiser for the National Trust on Little Cayman each year. The money goes to protect land and the island’s environment and habitat for species like the rock iguana.

Ms. Bua said the highest-earning piece in the auction was a pearl ring made by Little Cayman’s Alan Walker. She said the ring is an 11.8-carat pearl set in 18-carat gold, and sold at the auction for more than $2,000.

She said some of the other most popular items of the night were a treasure chest and a blown glass wall hanging.

The auction also included several Guy Harvey paintings and art from Gladys Howard’s collection. Ms. Howard, a longtime Little Cayman resident and supporter of the island’s National Trust, passed away last year. The Little Cayman National Trust renamed its visitors’ center after Ms. Howard to celebrate her commitment to the island and the district trust.

The trust committee uses the Land Reserve Fund to protect land on Little Cayman. The trust has been working to protect habitat for the local rock iguana in recent years.

The district committee decides what land to purchase based on how important it is to rock iguanas for mating, nesting and feeding.

Committee members also look at the proximity of land to other protected lands in hopes of creating a core area to protect the iguanas from losing their habitat to development. The committee also looks at how important the land is to other threatened or endangered flora and fauna on the island.