A fundraiser dubbed “Tea with the Cayman Islands Folk Singers” was held on Saturday, 28 March in Prospect from 4-7pm. People came out to show their support of the Folk Singers who hosted the event to raise funds for their various projects and activities. “Government is not funding us, so we have to find our own funding,” said Lorna Bush, manager of the Cayman Islands Folk singers.
The event, which was held in the garden of Deanna Lookloy, was a quaint affair which featured finger food, entertainment by the Folk Singers and spot prizes. Guests were given the chance to buy raffle tickets to win a facial from Beyond Basics Medical Day Spa valued at $400. They also enjoyed a costume display by Virginia Foster who showcased her Silver Thatch Collection which included eight uniquely designed costumes made with the national tree, the silver thatch palm.
Commenting on the tea party, Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, owner of Beyond Basics and sponsor of the event said, “I feel that it was extremely cultural and that more of this needs to go on, and it’s very honourable. I was extremely fascinated by the costumes. Amazing!” She even made a suggestion that the costumes be used to promote Miss Cayman abroad.
Curtis Mason, a member of the Cayman Islands Folk singers, expressed his view on the inaugural fundraiser. “I believe it was a great way for the group to socialise together and at the same time earn some funds for our projects; and it’s a good way of involving the community. It’s a more relaxing atmosphere than when we’re going to perform on stage.”
Ms Bush told The Cayman Reporter that the tea party concept originated from the social committee of the Cayman Islands Folk Singers and that they are looking to hold the event again in about three months time, in the gardens of Dr Steve Tomlinson.
Though Ms Bush at press time was unable to give the actual amount this inaugural event raised, she did estimate it to be approximately $1,800.