The Abaco branch of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) held their annual Evening of Elegance fundraising dinner and auction on January 25 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. BASRA is a volunteer organization that is committed to providing emergency services and saving the lives of distressed boaters and airmen in The Bahamas.
In 2013 the Abaco branch of BASRA was awarded the prestigious Association for Rescue at Sea Caribbean Search and Rescue. In November 2011 the local chapter of BASRA responded in severe weather conditions on the Sea of Abaco and saved 61 lives.
The Evening of Elegance was sponsored by Burns House Ltd and by Veuve Cliquot & Hennessey. The fundraising dinner was $125 per plate. Also raising funds for BASRA was a silent auction that ran from Jan 20 until that evening.
Included among the many items on the auction block were: a seat on the “Abaco Rage”, a one week stay at Lubbers Quarters, and Albury Sail Shop bag, artwork by Guy Harvey, spa treatment and lunch for two at Baker’s Bay, a half day excursion with Captain Plug, a unique Hope Town Canvas bag, a week stay in Ireland, hand-painted bicycles by Kim Rody, and many more.
One of the most hotly contested bid items was a large, hardback 007 James Bond Archive book. It was signed by James Bond himself – Sean Connery – and dated January 2014.
Complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne was served to the well-dressed crowd.
The auction was presided over by the energetic Tania Duncombe. Throughout the evening she encouraged everyone to open their wallets and support BASRA, as well as get a chance to win the many great prizes. Judging by the busy auction floor and flurry of activity as time was counting down, many happily responded.
The Abaco Inn served an indulgent meal for those in attendance: Portabello Mushroom & Brie Soup, Belgian Endive Salad, Filet Oskar (beef tenderloin topped with lobster and béarnaise sauce) and a dessert of Pavlova. Manager Tom Hazel was on hand to ensure everyone was having a good time.
BASRA celebrated 50 years of “Volunteers Saving Lives at Sea” this year.