A Fundraiser held for the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (BASRA), hosted for the first time by the Abaco Inn, was well supported by local residents and second homeowners during a black tie dinner event on January 19.
The event, sponsored by the Abaco Inn and Burns House Limited (Veuve Cliquot and Hennessey), featured a delicious five-course gourmet meal, including beef tenderloin, with complimentary wines and champagnes which were thoroughly enjoyed by the guests of the affair.
Brand Manager, Answell Johnson said, “I’d like to thank Tom for the work he continues to do in Hope Town and we at Burns House will continue to support him in his endeavors in supporting the local community, and as brand manager of Veuve Clicot we will continue to support him wherever he goes.”
On January 15 a silent auction started, featuring artwork, wooden shelves, jewelry, a limited edition ceramic table set by artist Kim Rody portraying marine life, a trip to Wimbledon and a new Club Car golf cart were among the prizes. Participants were able to bid daily from 5pm to 9pm with bidding closing on at 11pm on January 19.
Tom Hazel, Manager of the Abaco Inn, said the turnout, though limited, exceeded last year’s event financially. BASRA and the Hope Town Fire & Rescue is an organization of volunteers that helps deal with various emergencies as needed.
Member of BASRA, Richard Cook, said a special thanks to Tom Hazel and the Abaco Inn, the community in general and especially Burns House “for putting on this incredible event in sponsoring BASRA and the Hope Town Fire and Rescue. It’s a great community effort by locals, second home owners, tourists and everyone else.”
DeCarlo McPhee, Sales Manager for Burns House and Veuve Clicot said they “were once again proud to be a part of this event and to be able to give back to BASRA. BASRA is particularly important in a place like Abaco as it is a big boating community.”
Dencel Deveaux, of Burns House, added “On Behalf of Burns House we want to say thank you to Tom for the great job he has done with this event.”
He said, “This is an event that is desperately needed because the service that BASRA provides throughout the Bahamas is not something easily replaced. We see the value in that and the need to support an event like this especially for those who volunteer to do this type of work.