Grand Cayman Butterfly Ball 2008

Twins, Mark and Matthew Ebanks, workshop students, sold their paintings for CI$400 and CI$525, respectively. Photo:Claire Davies. Len Goldberg, the high bidder for both paintings, poses with workshop students, Mark and Matthew Ebanks. Photo:Claire Davies.

Hollace, along with the Morgan Gallery, Cobalt Coast Resort, and The Wharf restaurant, sponsored a gala evening held on June 28, 2008 at The Wharf to benefit the children’s programs of the National Trust.The theme of the Butterfly Ball was deliberately chosen for several reasons.  First, with proceeds from this event, every Cayman school child will receive a laminted card colorfully depicting the various butterfly species populating the Cayman Islands.  Through this educational tool, local children will learn about endemic and migratory butterflies of the Cayman Islands and their relationship to the eco-system.

The second reason that the butterfly was deemed an appropriate symbol for the event is the unique vulnerability the image projects, reminding those who attended the function that our relationship to the environment is a fragile thread which requires constant nourishment and recognition that our stewardship will chart the course for future generations.

The Butterfly Ball was a huge success, raising over CI$15,000 to benefit the National Trust.  Paintings from leading Caymanian artists were auctioned, along with many other exciting items, such as a sunset sail for 10, and a 2 night stay at Pirates Point Resort on Little Cayman.

Several workshop students were able to attend the event, and participate first-hand in the excitement generated by the generous bids for their paintings.

“Wings of the Sea”. Photo: Dave Idhe.

Hollace’s painting, “Wings of the Sea”, created especially for charitable auction at this event, generated the highest bid of the evening — a great finale to a worthwhile project.

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