The Cayman chapter of Meals on Wheels staged its annual Orange You Glad gala on Saturday, and it experienced an uptick in support from previous years. Erin Bodden, general manager of Meals on Wheels, said the gala sold 300 seats and that organizers are still tabulating the returns.
Last year, Meals on Wheels raised about $40,000 through the Orange You Glad gala, and Ms. Bodden said it was likely that this year’s fundraiser did even better.
“It looks like we have raised a significantly higher amount of money than in years past, but we haven’t finished tallying, so I can’t give an official number,” she said. “We know the live and silent auctions were very successful …. We just don’t know exactly what that translates to.”
The fifth annual Orange You Glad gala was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman this year, and Ms. Bodden said that Governor Anwar Choudhury made some moving remarks about the charity.
“He spoke so passionately about Meals on Wheels and how much it meant to him,” she said. “He said his own father had just passed away last month, and in his end of life, [the governor] had come to realize the dignity you need as an elderly person.
“He said that what Meals on Wheels does is one of the most noble causes he can think of. For him to have said that was really touching for all of us involved.”