Dressed as ringmasters, harlequins and performers, supporters of Hedge Funds Care Cayman attended the charity’s glitzy annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Friday night.
The theme of this year’s fundraiser was “Vintage Circus,” and the audience did not disappoint, donning an array of costumes that would not look out of place in any classic Big Top.
The primary aim of the benefit is to raise money to fund programs to aid in the prevention and treatment of child abuse in the Cayman Islands.
The charity was still tallying the numbers this weekend to establish how much was raised by ticket sales, in donations and in auction bidding, but organizers said the annual galas typically raises about $250,000.
Hedge Funds Care is an international charity supported largely by the hedge fund and finance industry. Since its inception in 2005, the Cayman chapter has raised more than US$3.5 million to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in the Cayman Islands.
Organizers said the net funds raised in Cayman are used to provide grants for a variety of initiatives, including the Children and Youth Services (CAYS) Foundation and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in their work with the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub for Children and Families (MASH).
HFC Cayman also supports the Department of Counselling Services, which provides parenting workshops to strengthen family life and decrease the risk of current or future child abuse in the community. HFC Cayman also supports the Crisis Centre, which provides aftercare services and counselling for victims of violence, and a safe space for at-risk young people.