Royal Gazette: Charity auction raises $310,000 for 14 charities
A charity auction has raised more than $310,000 for 14 non-profit organisations.
The Gala for Giving, co-ordinated by Conduit Reinsurance, gathered representatives from across Bermuda’s business community at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club last Thursday.
More than 30 business representatives took part in the auction, while about 340 guests enjoyed a dinner with cocktails and wines donated by Bacardi and Gosling’s.
The Conduit Foundation, the charitable wing of Conduit Re, also received donations from the new airline BermudAir and the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, as well as other companies and individuals during the silent and live auctions.
The event was hosted by US comedian Alonzo Bodden, who acted as auctioneer and master of ceremonies.
The crowd was also wowed by the comedy opera act The Three Waiters, who flew in courtesy of BermudAir, and the Bermudian band TRS.
A Conduit spokesman said that, while the final amount was still being tallied, the night raised more than $310,000.
He added that the cash would be split equally between 14 charities, who were past recipients of financial support from the Conduit Foundation and supported a wide range of causes.
The charities are: Bermuda College Foundation; Bermuda National Trust; Bermuda Red Cross; Bermuda Sloop Foundation; Big Brothers Big Sisters Bermuda; Friends of Christ Church Warwick; Home — Ending Homelessness; Living Reefs Foundation; Meals on Wheels; Pals Cancer Care in Bermuda; Scars; Tomorrow’s Voices; Vision Bermuda; and Waterstart Bermuda.