The 2016 Breast Cancer Gala Dinner was held on Saturday October 1st at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman. Sure to be a fabulous event!
The black (actually,pink) tie event started at 6pm with a champagne reception followed by a three course meal.
The evening was full of entertainment with both silent and live auctions and dinner. Musical entertainment was provided by the Emily Mowbray Band. The Emily Mowbray Band is made up of some of the finest musicians in the Cayman Islands, specializing in jazz and Latin music. Individually, they can be seen playing on the island in a variety of different groups, but have come together for the first time to bring some New York glitz and glamour to this special cause.
Cynthia Nixon, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, made her film debut at 12 in LITTLE DARLINGS, and her Broadway debut at 14 in “The Philadelphia Story,” for which she won a Theatre World Award.
Nixon was most recently seen guest-starring on Showtime’s hit “The Affair” opposite Dominic West and made an appearance in the third season of Comedy Central’s hit show “”Broad City,” alongside stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.
Next on the big screen, Nixon will be seen in Terence Davie’s biopic A QUIET PASSION, where she plays the reclusive poet, Emily Dickinson. The film had its world debut at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, to which she garnered critical acclaim for her role. The film is set to release in September of 2016.
Nixon was recently seen co-starring in Josh Mond’s JAMES WHITE opposite Christopher Abbott, a film that won The Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance 2015 and garnered Nixon an Independent Spirit
Award nomination for her portrayal of a woman dying of cancer. In his review for THE NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden stated that, “Ms. Nixon gives one of the year’s most heart-rending screen performances.”
Earlier in 2015, Nixon starred in Richard Loncraine’s comedy, 5 FLIGHTS UP opposite Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as well as Pamela Romanowsky’s THE ADDERALL DIARIES playing James Franco’s longsuffering book editor. She also starred opposite Saoirse Ronan in Nikole Beckwith’s STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA, a drama bought by Lifetime out of Sundance that year. For this project, Cynthia received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series.
This winter, Nixon simultaneously directed two New York City plays, “MotherStruck!,” for The Culture Project, and “Steve” for The New Group, the theater company with which she previously made her directorial debut with Joel Johnson’s “Rasheeda Speaking” and also starred in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”
A Tony winner for her role in David Lidsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole,” and a Tony nominee for her work in “Indiscretions” and Margaret Edson’s, “Wit,” Nixon most recently appeared on Broadway in Sam Gold’s production of “The Real Thing,” playing the mother of the character she created on Broadway thirty years ago. In 1984 she famously juggled two roles on Broadway – in the first act of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and in the second act of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” both directed by Mike Nichols. Also in 1984, she appeared as Mozart’s terrified maid-turned-informant in the Oscar-winning film AMADEUS.
Nixon has appeared in plays and films by such varied and distinguished directors as Sidney Lumet, Alan J Pakula, Milos Forman and Robert Altman. Beginning in 1998, Cynthia starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s celebrated series SEX AND THE CITY, a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful SEX AND THE CITY films.
The 9th annual Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation Gala was held on Saturday, October 1st at The Ritz-Carlton and RE/MAX Cayman Islands is extremely proud to be the Gala’s Title Sponsor.
Breast Cancer Foundation Board Members, Kim Lund and James Bovell, opened the evening with an update on the charity’s work. Both spoke about the new Wellness Program, which includes cold cap therapy, training for massage therapists for lymphedema suffers and a support group.
Actress Cynthia Nixon (“Sex in the City”) gave a heart-felt speech to the 580 people in attendance. She spoke about both her and her mother’s battle with breast cancer. “Breast cancer is beatable. It’s the most beatable cancer out there,” said Nixon.
She received a standing ovation from the crowd when she concluded her speech by saying that “a breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence.”
A substantial amount of the funds donated from the Gala, which is the Breast Cancer Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will go towards the new Wellness Program that includes cold cap treatment. As one of the first recipients in Cayman for the cold cap treatment, cancer survivor Tori Croft gave an emotional speech about how important it was to keep her hair during her chemo treatments not only for herself, but more importantly for her young children. The cold cap treatment allowed Croft to “take back some control that cancer has taken from [her] life.”