By Kerry Harvey
Hundreds of generous guests helped to raise more than $10,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society at its annual Ice on Ice event, held on Wednesday, 16 September.
It was the sixth year that the Cayman Island Cancer Society has held the fundraiser, which is regarded as one of the highlights of the Cayman Islands’ social calendar.
All of the money raised during the evening is set to go directly to the charity which helps to improve the lives of those Caymanians who find themselves affected by cancer.
The guests, all dressed in their finest evening wear, poured into the plush surroundings of the Westin Casuarina Resort to support the good cause.
For one night only, the hotel’s lobby was transformed into a winter wonderland for the glamorous event.
A glittering array of table decorations and a stunning selection of floral displays were provided by florists Every Bloomin’ Thing. A dusting of artificial snow finished off the look.
A live band, provided by One World Ltd., kept guests entertained while they dined on a sumptuous selection of gourmet appetisers and sipped Rocketini cocktails.
Hidden inside each drink was a single cubic zirconia gem, frozen inside an ice cube.
Once the ice melted, those guest who were fortunate enough to find a square-shaped gem in their glass, rather than a round-shaped gem, won a half carat diamond courtesy of Island Companies Jewellers.
Three winners stepped forward to collect their prize on the night. They were named as Judy Canseco, Trina Legge and Grace Lindsey.
Sales representatives from the Mansion, the fine jewellers based in Camana Bay, were on hand offering a selection of their wares for guests who felt inspired to buy some diamond encrusted jewellery.
The pieces available included an exquisite Bali-inspired silver and diamond necklace by designer John Hardy.
Meanwhile, one a lucky guest, Dr Komal Lawrence, collected a no-expense-spared holiday to the Westin Harbour Island Resort, in Tampa, Florida after her name was drawn in the event’s raffle.
Christine Sanders, Director of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, graciously thanked all of the sponsors who had contributed to the evening’s success.
The sponsors included The Westin Casuarina Resort, Island Companies – Hearts on Fire, Bacardi (distributed locally by Cayman Distributors), Vampt Motors, Dart Cayman Islands, BritCay, Every Bloomin Thing and One World Ltd.
There was also a special recognition for Ice on Ice’s main organisers, the radio station Z99.9.
“The team at Z99.9 created yet another fantastic Ice on Ice event this year, the night was a huge success.
“We are delighted to announce that over $10,000 was raised! These funds will be used toward the many programmes and services the Cayman Islands Cancer Society offers.
“We would like to thank Z99.9 who graciously donate 100 percent of the ticket sales for the event to the Cancer Society.
“We would also like to thank the sponsors of the event for their invaluable contributions.
“The Cancer Society is extremely grateful for the support we receive, this in turn enables us to support those affected by cancer and to help educate the community on cancer prevention,” said Ms Sanders.
The Cayman Island Cancer Society is a non-profit organisation formed in 1995.
The Society is funded through charitable donations and its fundraising events.
The mission of the Society is to increase awareness amongst the people of the Cayman Islands of cancer as a major health concern, to initiate positive change in all areas relating to the illness, to prevent the development of cancer and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.