‘Blue Jack Night’ fundraiser for UWC scholarships

| 01/07/2013

Tyleisha Galbraith_0.jpg(CNS): The Cayman Islands Committee of the United World College will be holding their all-important annual fundraising initiative on Saturday 13 July. Organisers say 'Blue Jack Night' will be a fun-packed evening full of games, fantastic prizes and great entertainment, taking place from 7pm to 12am at the Art and Recreation Centre (ARC) at Camana Bay. UWC Cayman Islands is a charitable organisation that selects outstanding Caymanian students and provides them with full scholarship to attend various UWC campuses worldwide. The Cayman Islands chapter is a volunteer-run organization, and all fundraising and sponsorship directly funds the selected students. (Left: Tyleisha Galbraith, one of the two scholarship recipients this year)

Over the past 30 years, UWC Cayman Islands has sent over 60 students to schools teaching the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma academic programme. Upon graduation, UWC students often attend highly selective universities worldwide. Caymanian UWC alumni occupy many important positions both here and abroad, and include such notable individuals as Linburgh Martin, Lizzette Yearwood, Tara Rivers, Dorothy Scott, and others.

“UWC Cayman Islands is responsible for organising alumni events, community service projects and other outreach initiatives and fundraises, such as Blue Jack Night, to provide full scholarships to Caymanian UWC scholars,” said Charmaine McGowan, UWC Fundraising Administrator.

Tickets for 'Blue jack Night' are $50 and are available for purchase by calling 916-0839 or emailing uwccaymanislands@gmail.com

McGowan anticipates that attendees can expect a glittering event. Guests will be greeted by a Prosecco reception, followed by an evening of casino-style games. The evening will boast a silent auction and enticing door prizes, such as Cayman Airways tickets for two to Miami and a Blackberry Z10 phone courtesy of LIME. One hundred percent of the evenings proceeds go to funding scholarships for prospective students.

“We urge everyone to attend this fantastic evening and thereby support our efforts to help Caymanian students widen their horizons and further their prospects by becoming part of this worldwide educational force,” she said.

The UWC Cayman Islands Committee would like to express their thanks to the Blue Jack Night Gold Sponsors: Dart and Greenlight Re, whose vital support has helped to ensure that this popular event can happen again this year. Silver sponsors include: Island Heritage, Kensington Management Group Ltd, and Lions Productions. Bronze sponsors include A.L. Thompson's, Avalon Marine, BCQS International, Cayman Airways, GNC, Jacques Scott, LIME, MCS, Mourant Cayman Limited, Ogier, Tower Marketing, and Classic Printers.

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  1. Bai says:

    I won't be on island, but wish the committee luck! Congratulations to the students. To the public, please, please do donate! It would be great to see more students given the opportunity  to live, study, and work with people from every walk of life. 

    As an alumni, I can assure you the experience will be on you will never forget. Take advantage of all the opportunities provided to you, you won't want to feel you missed out! All the best!


  2. Anonymous says:

    A very positive article and yet no responses…shows you what the readers prefer to idolize; negativity.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a worthwhile effort that I hope will be supported to the benefit of Caymanian students. That said, perhaps someone would kindly explain the following statement "Guests will be greeted by a Prosecco reception, followed by an evening of casino-style games." How so? Does this mean that there will be gambling taking place at this event?  Was the gambling law amended recently?  Please advise.

    • Anonymous says:

      Having attending this event last year, hopefully I can clarify for you. The chips/tokens used for gaming cannot beredeemed for cash/money (which would make it gambling). Instead, you can only use your "winnings" to supplement bids at the silent auction. It was all great fun and knowing that every dollar went directly to student scholarships I really thought it was worthwhile and encourage you to go this year! Hopefully that helps clear it up.

      • SSM345 says:

        13:37, last time I checked when you pay money for a chance to win something, its called gambling.

        So at this particular function, you pay money for chips, you play games and then guess what, you use said chips to get prizes, by guess what…….. bidding (gambling) in an auction!

        Gambling in more ways than one and in all its glory.

        • Anonymous says:

          Guess we better get rid of all the raffles held by charities and churches in that case!

    • Anonymous says:

      Casino-style games can be compared to Elvis impersonators. It's (usually?) not the real Elvis Presley performing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sure they will be gambling, high stakes probably…….minimum 100 buck buy in I would imagine.
      What do you think? Really? What do you think ‘casino style games’ really means? You need to get out more..

    • Anonymous says:

      Last time I got wasted.  I must have had two whole glasses of wine.  I then gambled big time and after an evening of high stakes risk taking and sin managed to win a Rihanna album.  My soul has not recovered since.