Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
The British High Commissioner David Fitton hosted his very first cocktail reception and silent auction in fine style on Wednesday night.
The lawns of his Trafalgar Road residence came alive with flashing lights, displaying several cars from ATL, a lounge area, a tent and two brightly branded open bars.
The real fanfare, however, took place in the silent auction room, which was far from silent. The room was abuzz over the offerings, with the specially invited guests chit-chatting and bidding on many of the luxurious items up for grabs.
But the activities for the night had huge significance. The funds from the auction will go towards building a home for girls from the age of 18 from the Homestead Home for Girls. After 18, these girls have nowhere to call home, and with the commission's desire to work with children, they decided to partner with the Rotary Club of St Andrew to make such a home for these girls a reality.
All the items on display were donated and representatives from the commission expressed sincere gratitude to everyone who came onboard and made it all possible. The items up for grabs included donations of track memorabilia from the legend Usain Bolt; Yohan 'The Beast' Blake; and rising star Warren Weir. Cricket prodigy Courtney Walsh joined the legendary sporting family, donating an autographed cricket bat. Other items ranged from paintings, dresses, shoes, jewellery and rum. Adam and Eve Day Spa, Half Moon, Holiday Inn, Courtleigh Hotel, Spanish Court Hotel, Strawberry Hills, and Chukka Adventure Tours, gave away spa treatments, trips and canopy tours to some lucky winners.
A dinner for two with the British High Commissioner and his wife was offered to the couple with the highest bid, and an Alaskan cruise completed the enticing bidding package.
The devoted members of the British High Commission team were more than happy to help in assisting prospective bidders and seeing to the smooth sailing of an event dedicated to a worthy cause.
The raffle for the night, a trip for two courtesy of British Airways, had many excited but there could only be one winner. With the winner finally announced, many went off into their respective groups to enjoy the rest of the evening.