Festival of Seas Blue Gala to benefit The Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Located in pristine Little Cayman, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) is Cayman’s only non-profit, non-governmental organization, dedicated to understanding and protecting the islands’ coral reefs and the life they support.

This October, CCMI invites you to join us as we host our 10th annual fundraising event in Grand Cayman. Festival of Seas: Blue Gala, formerly known as Festival of Trees, is dedicated to celebrating our seas and supporting CCMI’s research, conservation and education programmes.

The Festival of Seas: Blue Gala provides funding to help us achieve CCMI’s mission of protecting coral reefs for the future. Funds from the festival directly support our work in the Cayman Islands. In past years, through funding generated at the event, we have purchased a 34ft dive boat through the “direct pledge,” established and expanded the first coral nursery in the Cayman Islands, which is working to improve the health of highly threatened corals. We have also given full residential scholarships to over 200 children from the public schools across the Cayman Islands and launched a Young Environmental Leadership Course, which trains Caymanian high school students in marine conservation and dive tourism.

 The Gala Dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the ARC, Camana Bay. The evening begins with a cocktail hour and the start of the raffle and silent auction. These are always extremely popular with lots of great items up for grabs. Guests will then join the competitive fun of the live auction, whilst enjoying a glass (or few) of wine and a delicious dinner catered by the restaurants of Camana Bay.

This year the event is ‘black tie’ (well, actually, blue) and we will also have a special ‘Glow Hour’ on the dance floor to celebrate nature’s bioluminescence as the evening comes to an end. The Festival of Seas: Blue Gala is the only fundraising event that CCMI holds in Grand Cayman, so please come along to support us and our worthy cause.

Help us celebrate Cayman’s ocean treasures and CCMI’s ambitious plans to understand and protect them. Tickets are $175 per person. Tables for ten people and single tickets are available. Contact us for information on special sponsorship opportunities. Contact Jade Arch: [email protected] and visit us on facebook.com/reefresearch for regular Festival of Seas updates.

From left, Maureen Hislop, Cliff Hislop, and Emma John

From left,  Carol Rouse and Lynne Firth

From left,  Theo Bullmore, Peter Dutton, and Simon Whicker 

From left,  Jade Arch, Katie Lohr, Frans de Backer, and Samantha Hamilton



From left, J. Paul Drake, Molly Dalby, and Michael Joseph