The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is holding its annual “Breakfast for Dinner” event at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The fundraising gala is being hosted to provide much-needed finances for the service club’s ongoing “Buy a Kid Breakfast” program. The initiative, which will have been running for a decade this September, provides free meals at schools for students in need.
Seven of Grand Cayman’s primary schools are involved in the program.
Attendees have the option of wearing smart casual attire or sleepwear, and the latter is definitely encouraged in keeping with the relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.
Breakfast at night
The dinner menu includes ham, cheese and spinach feuillette or arugula salad for appetizers; egg frittata, toasted brioche, salsa verde and sautéed hash for mains; and mango brioche French toast topped with fresh strawberries for dessert.
The evening will also include a silent auction; a fashion show by Silhouette featuring loungewear and pajamas; and music from One World Entertainment so attendees can dance the night away.
Among the silent auction lots are a selection of gift certificates for restaurants and spas, mobile phones and tours.
‘Buy a Kid Breakfast’
Explaining the premise behind the program, Kiwanis Club Chairperson Kadi Pentney said, “We have a motto – ‘hungry children don’t learn.’ If a child misses breakfast, then behavioral, attention deficit and health problems can occur, so we hope that if we at least make sure that they start the day with a hearty breakfast, then they can soak up all the information that comes their way.
“We provide a financial contribution towards schools that have children coming to school hungry so that they can provide them with breakfast,” she added.
“The amount that we can give to each school depends on their needs and of course, how much we have raised that year. The more we have, the more we can give.
“Last year the club raised $21,900 for the program,” she said.
Marcia Renee, principal of East End Primary said, “Our children have been very reliant and appreciative of the work the Kiwanis have been doing and their help with the breakfast program. Approximately 10 percent of our students come each day without breakfast or money to purchase breakfast. At times there are even children who come without lunch. Our school has a policy that no child goes hungry. The monies from the Kiwanis Breakfast Club has ensured that this does not happen.”
The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, run by volunteers, actively promotes the well-being of young children on the island and also supports the five Key Clubs in local high schools. Among its current roster of projects are Book Mobile – a peripatetic book service offering a youth reading initiative in targeted communities, fostering literacy and academic attainment; Join In; Recycle; and Bring Up Grades (BUG), an initiative that recognizes students who raise and maintain their grades within an acceptable range.
Tickets for “Breakfast for Dinner” are $75 a head and can be purchased by calling 917-4444, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The ticket price includes a 6:30 p.m. Champagne reception with a complimentary glass of Champagne or mimosa, followed at 7 p.m. by a three-course meal with a couple of glasses of wine.
For details on the service club and how to join, visit kiwanis.ky.