The mantra "It's for the kids!" drove the seventh annual benefit for the Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF) during the Carriacou Regatta in August 2007. A record-breaking $6,100 was collected at the end of the weeklong festivities.
Some $22,000 has been raised by the CCEF benefit, which was initiated during the 2000 regatta by cruisers as a way to express their appreciation for islanders' hospitality.
Fund raising began at the Carriacou Yacht Club's Welcome Potluck with a Dry T-Shirt Contest and raucous sing-along. Happy Hour met the midnight hour as regatta regulars mingled with first-timers. A Beach Fun Day continued to fill the collection kitty, but the annual CCEF Auction remained the fundraiser highlight: Volunteer auctioneers kept the bids-and wisecracks-flying as the crowd snapped up an eclectic yard-sale's worth of donated items.
Susan Peters, a Carriacou social worker, accepted the proceeds, which will provide scores of needy local children with school uniforms, text books, and educational materials.