Black-tie fundraiser for marine research

| 26/09/2014

(CNS): The Festival of Seas, the annual gala event and fundraiser held by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, will be lighting up Camana Bay on 18 October. This year’s event, the Blue Gala, celebrates our ocean and its many treasures – the coral reefs, fish, and beaches that contribute so much to Cayman’s happiness and economy. The money raised from the fundraiser will benefit CCMI’s research and education programmes dedicated to protecting our coral reefs for the future.

“This year’s blue theme celebrates the natural beauty of the ocean,” explained Jade Arch, CCMI’s event organizer for the Festival of Seas.  “Our goal is to honor everything the ocean provides us each day living here in the Cayman Islands, as well as educating our guests about what must be done to ensure its health for future generations. Everything about the Blue Gala will bring the ocean to life – even the dance floor is inspired by the ocean’s bioluminescence.”

The event will feature a live auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. Many local businesses have donated exceptional auction items that include resort stays, original prints by nationally recognized artists and photographers, and prize packages. The event will commence with a cocktail hour, a time for guests to view items for the live auction, bid on items in the silent auction, and enjoy chatting with CCMI staff and guests. 

The gala dinner will feature the local cuisine of several Camana Bay restaurants.  The celebration will continue as guests move to the dance floor, with lighting inspired by the ocean’s natural bioluminescence. 

Black-tie is required, but guests are encouraged to wear blue to the gala to celebrate their love for the ocean. Tables at the Blue Gala are limited, but are still available.  For more information and ticket sales contact Jade Arch at

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  1. Peter Milburn says:

    The choice is yours but both Charities warrant the publics support.I support both when I can as they are both vital to the betterment of these fair islands.This goes for many of the other charities as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The problem I am having is that these galas are always geared towards upper income families in our society. The amount those tickets are being sold for and the amount that is expected to be paid at those silent auctions just aren't realistic amounts for most families to pay on one night out! It really seems that when it comes to charities and raising finances, Cayman has lost touch with reality. The cold hard truth is that unless the country manages to get the majority of the population on board when it comes to nature preservation and proper animal treatment etc, nothing will change, no matter how much cash the rich will drop at those fund raisers. Spent more time edcuating people at all levels, go to the schools and enforce the laws! BTW, what ever happened to those morons who dropped the cruis ship anchor on the reef? Was a penalty imposed, was it paid?…………

    • Anonymous says:

      The rich are always trying to hide how little they actually contribute to the operations of any society. How many belonging to a fund for cancer research are actually scientist with any idea how to solve that complex problem. They would rather redicule those struggling in privacy than to actually role up thier sleeves and contribute in a meaning and direct way. 

      Its a pathetic mark of the times, where we have to either beg or entertain those who are the reason why we don not have the funding to solve these problems. 


  3. Anonymous says:

    Remember people, winged collars and velvet do not form any part of black tie attire.  These things may have been OK for "prom night", but are no-no's for adults.

  4. Anonymous says:

    NOW, they put up the nice picture of the turtle. You are too funny CNS.

  5. G says:

    I will be going to the Tops & Tails Black Tie Gala to benefit the Cayman Islands Humane Society on Saturday the 11th of October at the Marriott instead.  I know that money will go to helpng needy animals in the Cayman Islands.

    • Yachtmaster says:

      That is nice that you are going to a Humane Society event, but either Fish or Felines, we should support our community.  The CCMI can make a difference with the world's reefs through their studies and our Cayman Islands eco system is a key ocean area to study.

      When the oceans fail, we will all perish.  Preserve our seas…Eat LESS reef fish, catch the Lion Fish, don't pollute, and support the reef research.


    • Anonymous says:

      Very well done… do realise that many of the vets on island love the HS cos they take full rate from them right? So where do you think the money raised from CCMI fundraising goes then…into the ether?  Have the HS actually produced any audited books yet? I think you will be surprised. Stupid ignorance. The public love supporting the HS as its an easy win for them.

    • Just Askin' says:

      Where can I donate to their culling program?

    • Anonymous says:

      Practicing respect for freedom of choice goes afar. What makes the humane society worthy in your sight, is that which may make others value CIMA. It's simply referred to as "ones personal choice". Let's respect all Community/ Country efforts.