I’m beyond excited to report that our January 7th anniversary celebration/fundraiser for the Albert Lowe Museum, An Evening to Remember, raised just over $10,000!
Despite a daunting weather forecast — and a gusty downpour right as the doors opened — attendance was terrific. Though our aim for ticket sales was 150, we blew past that goal and regrettably had to cut off sales at 175.
We managed to pack quite a bit into the evening’s program, including the launch of my book, Those Who Stayed (more about this in a later post), a successful silent auction and a memorable performance by the amazing Ronnie Butler Jr.
There were also a few surprises, such as a video featuring vintage footage of Green Turtle Cay, and a delicious cake from MoMo’s Suga’ Shack that was an exact replica (minus the “happy anniversary” greeting, of course) of the cake served at the opening of the Albert Lowe Museum back in 1976!
I want to extend a special thank you to my husband Tom Walters, who served as emcee — not an easy job with such an energetic crowd.
Speaking of which, given the liveliness of the party, Green Turtle Cay’s chief councilor, Matthew Lowe, cut short his intended remarks. But he shared the full text with me, and agreed to let me share a bit of them with you. About the Albert Lowe Museum, Matthew says:
“With such an historic landmark, we, the community of Green Turtle Cay must be proud…We see on our island the benefit this brings with it, the preservation of our history on display for visitors and locals alike. The museum has been an attraction for not only foreign visitors, but to hundreds of school children from around the country each year.
Mr. Alton has done a great deal in bringing to life some of the most historic landmarks in our country. He deserves a lot of credit and recognition for his accomplishments. Very few people over the years have made such major contributions to Green Turtle Cay.”
I couldn’t agree more. Thanks Matt, for your kind words.
The event planning committee (Mandy Roberts, Alton Lowe and I) also owe a huge thank you to Molly McIntosh and her entire team at the Bluff House Beach Resort and Marina. Tom and I worked with Molly a decade ago on our own wedding, and were amazed at her unflappable nature and ability to get things done. It was wonderful to plan an event with her again and she and the folks at Bluff House did not disappoint. Not only did they generously donate the space for the museum event and some of the refreshments, but they were incredibly accommodating of our every need and request.
I’ll write more in a future blog post about how the funds raised will benefit the museum. But for now, Mandy, Alton and I would like to recognize the members of our extended community who made An Evening to Remember possible.
If you see any of these people, please give them a pat on the back and thank them for supporting the Albert Lowe Museum. We certainly do!
Abaco Yacht Services
Brendal’s Dive Center
Ginny the Bead Lady
Green Turtle Club
Harvey’s Island Grill
Hilda Curry, Gifted Hands
Island Property Management
James Douglas Wilson
Joe & Barbara Hamrick
Lana Williams and the Lana Williams Gallery
Leeward Yacht Club
Mitzi Pearce, Sun & Sparkle Designs
MoMo’s Suga’ Shack
Oswald and Elisabeth Brown
Pineapples Bar & Grill
Wine Down Sip Sip (Hope Town)
Tracey’s Sweet Treats
In the days and weeks following An Evening to Remember, many locals, visitors and second homeowners stopped me to say how much they enjoyed the evening and Ronnie Butler Jr.’s performance. (Ronnie, if you’re reading this, please come back soon and play a full concert – people want to dance!)
More than one person said to me, “We need more of these sorts of events on the cay.” To which I replied, “Stay tuned!”
P.S. Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, we ended up with far fewer photos from An Evening to Remember than we would have liked. Thanks to Mary Milec for permitting me to use some of her images in this post. If you have photographs from that night that you wouldn’t mind sharing with the event committee, please get in touch!