The Friends of the Environment held their first of two Reef Balls of the year at the Hope Town Lodge on Feb 9. A silent auction and live auction entertained patrons for the first half of the night while an energetic performance by Bahamian artist, KB, got everyone to the dance floor after dinner. Prime rib, served by the quick working staff of the Hope Town Lodge, was the meal of the evening.
The money raised that evening goes towards Friends of the Environment’s educational programs.
Attending that evening were people from Hope Town as well as other cays and Marsh Harbour. As they were greeted by volunteers at the entrance of the Hope Town Lodge they were given a complimentary low-ball glass marking the 25th anniversary of Friends of The Environment.
Guests that evening strolled alongside the pool as they looked over silent auction items. Items included a seven night stay at the Hope Town Lodge, assorted wines, artwork, kayaking trips and many more. By the end of the evening, many participating in the silent auction walked out with incredible items for much cheaper than usual, all-the-while benefitting the charity.
The live auction occurred over the prime rib dinner. After a brief history and description of Friend’s programs that benefit education and the environment, Michael Albury (the tenured auctioneer for this and many other events), picked up the mic to start the real event of the evening.
Courtside seats to Wimbledon, sunset cruises, fresh produce and stone crab claws were a few of the great prizes. For each item, Mr. Albury jovially pestered the audience to dig deeper. A request often greeted with $100 raises amongst many friendly competitors.
As 10 pm approached dinner guests, and those who purchased special tickets to atten the live music, started filing onto the dance floor. Bahamian musician, Spider, was the opening act for KB. Performing a small set of songs he got many in the crowd to loosen their ties and move to the rhythm. Finally, KB took the stage and brought the house down.
Friends will be holding their second Reef Ball at Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room on March 2. For tickets call 242-367-2721.