Organizers praised the Little Cayman National Trust’s “successful” Annual Easter Auction, and expressed optimism that the Trust is close to reaching its goal of raising US$125,000 to purchase land that adjoins the Booby Pond Nature Reserve.

Held on Saturday, April 15, more than 100 people turned out for the 25th Annual Easter Auction.

Trust chairwoman Betty Bua-Smith said all of the proceeds would go to buying the land to expand the protection of Red Footed Boobies and other wildlife on Little Cayman.

She said the Trust faces a ​deadline of May 15 to come up with the money to purchase the property.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who attended and donated,” said Ms. Bua-Smith. “They’re all very much appreciated. They know the importance of this project, and everyone has come through to make our dreams come true.”

Thirteen items were up for grabs in the live auction, including a 35-inch oak wooden clock by Dave Padega; a fused glass piece called “Ocean Breezes” with a 23K gold leaf by Pam Sutton; an elegant mermaid and dolphin sculpture from SPI; “January Rays” by Jim Hellemn; and a sterling silver pearl and abalone shell necklace.

A highlight of the auction was a seven night boat vacation to the Bahamas, Belize, Cayman or Turks and Caicos, complete with chef-prepared meals and diving.

Southern Cross Club owner Peter Hillenbrand took up his usual duties of auctioneer.

Booby Pond Nature Reserve is a 43-hectare protected wetland. The site has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

“To all the people who were unable to attend, but who sent donations, we’re very, very grateful. We couldn’t do this without them. I’m still overwhelmed,” said Ms. Bua-Smith.

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