Ice on Ice, presented by Hurleys Media and Rocky’s Diamonds this year raised $20,841 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS).
“It’s a great event. The diamonds have such a great appeal and the casino has a great appeal to it. We get a lot of the same sorts of events in Cayman, so Ice on Ice is a really nice change,” said Catherine Ebanks, Program and Project Coordinator at CICS.
The annual casino and cocktail party was held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday 8th June and was attended by approximately 500 glammed up patrons. All proceeds from the night were donated to the charity including ticket sales and cash purchases of chips that were used to play the casino style games.
Guests started their evening with a welcome cocktail, courtesy of Grey Goose and Martini Prosecco where four lucky guests won a real half-carat diamond, worth $1500 from Rocky’s Diamonds. The rest of the night’s entertainment consisted of casino games such as blackjack, poker, spin the wheel, craps and roulette, as well as a live DJ and acrobatic performance.
“This year was the largest year to date with close to 500 people attending. Last year we raised just over $17,000 CI and this year we exceeded our goal of $20,000 CI,” said Jay Mumtaz, Sales Manager at Hurley’s Media. “Thanks to the education provided by The Cayman Islands Cancer Society, we understand more about the financial burden cancer sufferers and their families go through. It is amazing that we can put on a really unique and fun event that also offers help and support to those that need it most,” he continued.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society offer financial aid to families to help with medical expenses and day to day life expenses like rent and bills. They currently support 400 families. “In 1995 we started with 7 families and now we are up to 400,” said Ebanks. “Most people are not prepared for the financial burden that comes with a cancer diagnosis and thankfully we can provide assistance so that they can stop worrying about expenses and focus on getting better,” she continued.
Mumtaz thanked the event sponsors. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without our sponsors, and are extremely thankful for their support and contributions.”
Sponsors included: Hurley’s Media, Rocky's Diamonds, Butterfield, Davenport Development, Diamond Properties, Grey Goose, Martini Prosecco, Briat Insurance, Knighthead Annuity, Bogle Insurance Brokers & Picture This. There were also contributions from various businesses who sponsored the prizes on the evening.
Ice on Ice dates for 2020 have not been confirmed yet, however according to Mumtaz, “the plan for next year is to continue the trend and make it bigger and better to help raise even more money for CICS.”