November 20, 2015
The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) will hold a fundraising party on Saturday, November 28th at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas with a theme suitably reflective of its endeavors, "Under the sea".
Hosted by BREEF co-chairs Lady Eugenie Nuttall and Craig Symonette and Executive Director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, guests will wine, dine and dance. As in previous years, the dress code is casually elegant, island chic, to enable guests to dance and party hearty without the restrictions of more formal attire.
McKinney-Lambert said the fun and success of past events has boosted ticket sales this year.
"We are fortunate that our past events have proved such fun. Most of the tickets and tables have gone to people who came to our last party in 2013, so we've got a lot to live up to. So far, preparations are going really well and we're excited and looking forward to delivering another great, fun celebration for a really good cause."
Guests should not be surprised to find lionfish as a choice on the dinner menu, further supporting BREEF's conservation efforts. Chef Horatio will serve the delicious invasive fish species to suit all tastes and provide guests with an inspiring alternative to Nassau grouper.
The party is under the stars throughout the grounds of the National Art Gallery with rum, beer, vodka, wine bars and food stations, with dining, dancing and leisure areas strategically placed to maximize socializing. Security measures have been taken to include patrolled public and parking areas and a valet-parking service.
The evening's entertainment includes top band Visage, a very generous silent auction, a live auction with notable auctioneer C.K. Swett, a steel band and a deejay. Additionally, the National Art Gallery is allowing the viewing of R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation, a retrospective exhibition covering 50 years of Malone's life and career.
Sponsors include The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Horatio Alexander Events and Catering, Casamigos Tequila, Liquid Courage, Zonin wine, Lionking Bahamas, John Watling's Distillery's famous rum and Red Turtle vodka, Bristol Wines and Spirits and Pirates Republic Brewing Company. Ticket details can be found at www.breef.org or by phone at (242) 327-9000.
Lady Eugenie Nuttall, wife of BREEF founder the late Sir Nicholas Nuttall, said the non-profit organization is vital to marine conservation in The Bahamas.
"As a non-profit marine conservation group, we largely rely on donations from people who understand the threats facing our marine environments, and by default, our own health and well-being," said the committed conservationist. "So support in all its many welcome forms, including our fun events, is vital to our work."
McKinney-Lambert said, "An important component of BREEF's work is enabling teachers and students to experience the marine environment and develop a sense of marine stewardship in their communities. This helps everyone appreciate the value of our seas for our cultural and economic well-being, and learn how to take action to ensure a healthy marine environment. The financial support will help fund many of our conservation and training programs including field trips for teachers and students that provide incomparable hands-on experiences, research, outreach, advocacy and policy. All the funds raised during the evening will help support BREEF's marine education programs reaching thousands of children every year, fisheries outreach, research, advocacy for reef conservation legislation, and the BREEF Coral Reef Sculpture Garden."
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