Help save the sea while enjoying spectacular views under the stars at the Festival of the Seas Beach Ball on Sept. 30. For the first time, the evening will be hosted at the picturesque Kaibo Yacht Club, and will help raise money for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI).
Founded in 2003, the CCMI is a charity organization that helps safeguard our reefs for the future, through marine research and conservation at its facility on Little Cayman. It is the only center of its kind in Cayman, and its team of scientists conducts important research daily around the local reefs and their diverse range of marine wildlife.
“Support of CCMI at our annual Festival of Seas will directly impact our work to improve the future for coral reefs,” says Carrie Manfrino, president and director of research at CCMI.
The Festival of the Seas ball is a popular event within gala season that was previously held at the Kimpton in 2016, The Ritz-Carlton in 2015, and the ARC at Camana Bay in the years before that. A move away from the typical dinner format, this year’s fundraiser will take guests straight to the beach at Kaibo’s atmospheric ocean-side venue. Manfrino says, “We are excited for this event and eager to share an unforgettable evening in a stunning setting for a worthy cause.”
As well as food, cocktails and a champagne toast, the night will feature music and plenty of opportunities for dancing. There will also be a raffle and a live auction on the night with prizes donated from local sponsors around Cayman.
The dress code for the event will be Beach Chic to tie in with both the more laidback location and CCMI’s primary aim of safeguarding the Islands’ sea and beaches. Guests will additionally be offered a ferry service to and from Kaibo so they can fully enjoy the night and avoid driving back home after dark.
Money raised from the Beach Ball will help fund the research facility for another year, as well as support scholarships and the CCMI’s Young Environmentalist Leadership Course (YELC). The organization provides local high school students with career advice and training within marine conservation, and over 200 students take part in programs every year at the Little Cayman research station.