A right royal affair…


The Breast Cancer Gala has hosted its fair share of celebrities since it began in 2009. Names such as Hoda Kotb (patron of the event), Joan Lunden, Cynthia Nixon, Shannen Doherty and Bill and Giuliana Rancic have graced the stage, speaking about their personal experiences and battles with the disease.

In 2014, winner of Season 5 of ‘The Voice’, Tessanne Chin, closed out the evening with her band, getting everyone up and dancing until the final note was sung.

This year, Sarah, Duchess of York will be taking to the podium.

Unlike her predecessors, she has not battled breast cancer; however, she is a vocal health and wellness advocate and was a founding supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Weigh In, an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of the link between excess weight and cancer.

“We are thrilled that Sarah will be speaking at the gala this year,” says Janette Fitzgerald, chief administrator of the Breast Cancer Foundation. “She has been very enthusiastic about visiting the Cayman Islands as she has  never been here before. We are really looking forward to meeting her and hosting her at the event.”

Beyond ticket sales, the majority of the funds raised come from the silent and live auctions. There is always frenzied bidding over exciting prizes, including some unique experiences.

This year, live auction items include a fishing trip for four with The Discovery Channel’s Peter Miller, tickets to the Grammys and the after-party, an Icelandic vacation, luxury staycations and a trip to Graham’s Place in Honduras.

“There are some terrific items on the auction block this time around,” says Fitzgerald. “There is a mix of trips,  artwork, accessories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for grabs. It should make for a lively evening!”

Once the last speech has been made and the last dollar accounted for, it will be time to clear the floor for dancing.

Back by popular demand, Bona Fide Band will be performing at the end of the evening to conclude things with a bang. If anyone still has energy at the end, they can head to the après-gala in Silver Palm Lounge, which is always buzzing until the bar calls time.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Breast Cancer Foundation welcomes donations from  fundraising initiatives. These donations go directly towards providing treatments and support for those suffering with Breast Cancer.

The foundation holds events throughout the year, such as the Light Up The Night beach walk. For more  information and to find out how you can help, visit breastcancerfoundation.ky.