A canine event of fashionable proportions

Tails are wagging in anticipation for the Cayman Islands Humane Society’s annual fundraising Fashion Show Dinner and Sale which will be rocking The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Friday, 22 October.

The fun-filled affair, featuring a buffet dinner, live entertainment and lots of great prizes, brings out Cayman’s die-hard fashionistas for a great cause. This year, sponsor Diamonds International will have gift bags for all of the ladies who attend, and the company is also donating a piece of diamond jewellery to be drawn as the grand raffle prize. This year’s amazing gate prize is a week’s stay at Breezes in Negril, Jamaica including two tickets on Cayman Airways.

The Fashion Show was started many years ago to promote the Humane Society’s Claws and Paws Thrift Shop, when the models were volunteers and all the fashions were donated to the Thrift Shop by members of the public.

“This all remains the same with the exception of having added lightly used designer items whether they be items of clothing or fashion accessories,” says Pam Hart, fundraising chairman for the Humane Society.

“These events are always fun, well attended and people leave with great bargains!”

Thanks to its success, over time the Fashion Show expanded to two different runway shows this year hosted by the always entertaining Vicki Wheaton. The first features stylishly decked out dogs from the Humane Society shelter.  Basic training from Kenneth Morgan and his team at Public Beach every Saturday lays the foundation for the dogs as they are put through their paces, which leads straight to at least a few hearts; all of last year’s participants were adopted as a result of their exposure at the event.

The second runway show features volunteer models, usually including Miss Cayman, showing off the donated clothing, and all the fashions sported by the models as well as the many more donated items will all be available for sale throughout the evening.

As an added bonus, the silent auction segment will this year feature designer handbags and designer accessories. Also on the auction table is a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and other great items like a champagne set, a sunset sail, and clothing boutique gift certificates.

Over the years the strong turnout has paid off – last year the Society made just under $50,000.00 from the event, and organisers are hoping they will be able to keep up the momentum this year. Ticket sales are picking up, and additional sponsors are always welcomed.

“It costs an average of $40,000 per month to keep the Shelter running and being a non-profit organisation we rely on fundraising to keep our doors open,” says Pam.

“We depend on the Fashion Show, being one or our main fundraising events, to continue looking after the animals in our care.”

There are currently about 50 adult cats, 30 or so kittens, 87 adult dogs and 45 puppies housed at the Humane Society’s aging shelter, which itself is in constant need of repair.

“We also have a number of programmes that are subsidised, for example the Spay and Neuter Programme (which has conducted over 3,455 surgeries) and a Welfare Programme,” says Pam.   WH

Tickets are CI$100 and also include dinner, the show, live entertainment, and valet parking. Corporate tables are also available. Dress is smart casual. For tickets or sponsorship inquiries, contact: Vicki or Kate at 945-6566 or
email [email protected]