The Reef Ball was held on Elbow Cay on Feb 15. This year it was held at the Abaco Inn and a second Reef Ball will be held on March 1 at the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour. A silent and live auction delighted the crowd with great prizes. Local band, “Suppa Time” brought the beats that got the crowd dancing at the end of the evening.
The Reef Ball is an annual charity dinner hosted by Friends of the Environment.
The dinners, at $100 per plate, raised money for the educational charity. As patrons browsed the silent auction items friends and acquaintances chatted and enjoyed the beautiful evening.
During the dinner the live auction was held. The ever-energetic Michael Albury was the auctioneer-in-chief as he rattled through the different prizes taking them to their highest possible bidding prices – for a good cause.
An auctioned pie donated by locally-famous baker, Belle Albury, went for $600.
After many of the live auction items were won, Lindsey McCoy, Friends coordinator, took things in a more direct approach. To build a new educational and research facility, a “Build a Room” option was offered to the guests.
Guests could donate anything from $2,500 for an office named after them to $300 for a low-flush toilet to be installed.
It was a very successful tactic.
Friends Executive Director, Kristin Williams, said “The Hope Town Reef Ball was as successful as it was fun! It is evident that the Hope Town community sees the value in the preservation of our natural resources and their generous contributions will go a long way in creating a sustainable future for the people and wildlife of Abaco.”