Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Friends present cheque for $95,654.16 to the Cayman Food Bank

Today was the culmination of weeks of planning and publicity for a group of friends who spent their COVID-lockdown tirelessly raising funds for three charities: The Cayman Food Bank, No Kid Hungry (children's hunger charity) and The Conscious Kid (anti-racism children's book fund) for which they raised a total of $124,679 USD.

Elizabeth Chambers-Hammer, a culinary entrepreneur, journalist, founder of award-winning Bird Bakery and wife of actor, Armie Hammer; Gabriella Khalil, the Founder and Creative Director of Palm Heights - Grand Cayman; and Tami Maines, philanthropist, equestrian and clean beauty advocate were on site at the Cayman Food Bank to present a significant contribution of food and grocery items and a financial donation of $95,654.16 USD.

The signature fundraising event, "Open Palm x Torch'd", a live workout event at the Palm Heights hotel, featuring celebrity trainer, Isaac "Boots" was instrumental in raising the bulk of the funds via openpalm.org, during an Instagram live show that attracted at least 12,000 views within an hour.

"Open Palm is extremely grateful to everyone who tuned into the virtual Torch’d workout and the immense generosity shown by the local community in raising over $124,000 for three meaningful causes at such a hard time for so many people," said Gabriella Khalil.

“I believe in the mission of the Cayman Food Bank and in these times of great need, it is a pleasure to participate in this worthwhile cause," said event sponsor, David Maines.”

Event sponsors included Gabriella Khalil, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer and Armie Hammer, Tami and David Maines, Frank Schilling, May Hen and Ryan Smith. The main sponsors were the Michael and Misty Armand Hammer, the Armand Hammer Foundation, Derek and Susan De Silva, Palm Heights Hotel and The Ritz Carlton Residences Grand Cayman and the Supporting Sponsors for the Food Drive were Palm Heights and The Ritz Carlton Residences Grand Cayman.

“This is a unique time and an opportunity to come together," said Michael Hammer. "Those of us that can help are obligated to help. People are in need of food and the food bank helps to fill this need but they need our help, our support, and most importantly, our dollars. No one should ever go hungry.”

All who are able, are asked to make a donation of any amount at openpalm.org to help vulnerable families in Cayman during COVID-19, to support a national campaign against child-hunger and to aid in the production and distribution of children's books that help to build positive racial identities, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"The Cayman Food Bank is grateful to have been chosen as one of the charities that Elizabeth, Tami and Gabriella selected to help raise funds for with their fabulous live Torch'd event," said Naomi Law of the Cayman Food Bank.  "The funds they have raised, including the generous donation from the Armand Hammer Foundation, for the Food Bank will have a wonderful impact on the lives of so many who are reliant on the Food Bank during this pandemic. Thank you to all involved, for using your strengths and star power to help so many in need." 

Open Palm is a charitable initiative set up by Palm Heights Grand Cayman to support environmental initiatives, mitigate hunger, provide coronavirus-related aid and to help youth organizations. For more information or to donate, visit: https://www.openpalm.org/

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