With Cayman providing the perfect beach backdrop and sunset, the Committee of Hope and Maples are holding an Aloha Hawaiian Luau fundraiser on April 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., for what promises to be a memorable evening for a good cause.

Tickets cost $65 per person and include Hawaiian nibbles, a traditional Hawaiian pig roast, entertainment and two complimentary drinks, including a welcome Mai Tai cocktail.

Proceeds from the event at Royal Palms will go to Hedge Funds Care Cayman, a charity that aims to prevent and treat child abuse in Cayman.

Buy a lei, or make one yourself.
Buy a lei, or make one yourself.

The Hawaiian-inspired benefit for fund industry professionals will include passed hors d’oeuvres, including Kihei conch fritters, Mokolai shrimp and mini luau pork sticks. According to the organizers, the luau will not have assigned seating but will be made up of a mix of regular and cocktail tables to allow attendees to network easily.

So, kick off your shoes, dance to the sounds of the steel pan under the stars and take full advantage of the Hawaiian-inspired drink specials for the evening, including $6 mojitos, sangrias, margaritas and New Yorkers; $3 Coronas, Miller Lites, Red Stripes and Bud Lights; plus $6 select Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Primitivo.

As well as a flame thrower and a hula dancer, entertainment will include a Best Outfit contest for the ladies and a Tacky Shirt contest for the men. The winner of the former will win a spa gift certificate, and the winner of the shirt competition will get an Island Companies gift certificate.

Dress up in the loudest outfits you can find.
Dress up in the loudest outfits you can find.

As well as a business card draw, the event will feature a raffle with top prizes, including two Cayman Airways return tickets for Miami, and giveaways from The Tasting Room, CrossFit Cayman, Tips and Toes, Revolutions, Ragazzi, Luca, Vintage Salon and more.

“[At past fundraisers], we have had an average of 250 attendees from all across the funds industry – administrators, auditors, lawyers, fiduciaries and more, so it’s an excellent opportunity to network while also supporting a very worthwhile charity,” said Committee of Hope Co-Chair Carol Reynolds.

“Our first event was Oktoberfest in 2014 and we weren’t sure what the reaction would be from the industry, but we were, and continue to be, thrilled with the support we have received both from companies and individuals in the funds industry as well as local companies willing to donate raffle prizes. We’ve gathered steam with every event and are looking forward to our best event yet!”

Michelle Morgan, the committee’s other co-chair, added, “In addition to providing a fun networking opportunity and raising funds, we’re also raising awareness of our charity, Hedge Funds Care. All funds raised stay in the Cayman Islands, so we’re really giving back to our own community. The Committee of Hearts was the first group formed to support Hedge Funds Care; the Committee of Hope was formed more recently in 2014 to support the same charity. The Committee of Hearts throws a gala in the fall, while the Committee of Hope’s goal is to throw more casual, broadly accessible networking events.”

Last year, the Committee of Hope raised more than US$30,000 for Hedge Fund Care Cayman.

Aloha Hawaiian Luau fundraiser tickets are now available by emailing committeeofhope@queensgate.com.ky.

The Committee’s next fundraiser will be the Cayman Oktoberfest. For more information, contact Carol Reynolds at committeeofhope@queensgate.com.ky.