Tree auction brings in cash for research centre

| 24/11/2008

(CNS): According to organizers this year’s Festival of Trees, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s (CCMI) annual fundraiser exceeded projected goals with an estimated US$100,000.00 raised during the the grand finale dinner and auction on Friday night. The event steering committee said the success would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors. (Left CCMI’s Chair Peter Hillenbrand).

These included Vico Testori and the staff at Pappagallo as well as the new partners, Camana Bay, Uncle Bill’s, Celebrations and Abacus restaurant. The new event partners were instrumental in turning the Festival of Trees into a week-long event, which started last Monday at Camana Bay,” the committee added. The first four days of Festival of Trees included a decorating showcase by Celebrations, VIP night by Abacus and two nights open to the public with the support of Camana Bay and Uncle Bill’s.  The decorated trees and wreaths were on display some 1000 people walked through to enjoy them

“Incredibly integral to making this event happen were the dozens of volunteers dedicating hundreds of hours to decorating and collecting donations,” the committee stated in a release. “They all had a great time and were definitely the glitter glue that kept the event together”.

For more information on the Festival of Trees, contact  For more information on the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, visit

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  1. Twyla M Vargas says:


    There is always a fund raising event in Cayman, but let us hear what some of the fund raising funds have been spent on.  Thats more important than enything else.

    Be a good citizen and publish this.  Its good for the season, and will make your fund raising even greater next year.