100 Women in Finance (100WF), a non-profit organisation for professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, raised more than $52,000 at its recent Barefoot Beach Gala.
The Special Needs Foundation Cayman (SNFC), 100WF’s 2018 Cayman Beneficiary, was the worthy recipient. Established in 2008, SNFC is a local charity that is committed to supporting children with a wide range of needs across the Cayman Islands.
“We are ecstatic with the results from our fifth annual Barefoot Beach Gala,” said Leanne Golding, the 100WF Cayman Philanthropy Chair. “We would not have been able to raise this phenomenal amount without the support of gold sponsor Summit Management, Silver Sponsors Maples and Greenlight Re, and Bronze sponsors BDO and Walkers.
“We also benefitted from support from design sponsor Damon Hardie Design, media sponsor Pinnacle Media as well as all the companies that donated raffle prizes and all the attendees.”
Gala attendees celebrated James Bond style and enjoyed dinner and dancing under the starry Caribbean sky at Royal Palms.
Anne-Marie Leadbetter and Laurie Mernett, 100WF Cayman Philanthropy deputy co-chairs noted: “This was our best attended gala to date. The response from our membership and the local community has been fantastic. We are grateful to the Royal Palms Beach Club and staff who are always wonderful to work with and made their own donation to the beneficiary. We also appreciate the generous support from Fosters Food Fair, One World, Kiss 106.1 and X107 and of course Willowdale Photography who captured beautiful photos of the evening.”
SNFC is embarking on a pilot program committed to implementation and action, through the development and provision of high quality inclusive learning services. Partnering with the Haring Center from the University of Washington, SNFC is forming an Inclusion Team that will bring direct support to reception classes, both in the public and private system. This pilot program is a 3-year commitment and 100WF is raising funds to help defray the costs of year one of the program.
Nik Tatarkin, Chair of SNFC said, “We are absolutely thrilled with the success of the event. It provided us not just with substantial financial support that will directly contribute towards improvements in inclusive education to our Islands, but it also provided us a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for our cause.”
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