In the Cayman Islands, George Town Primary School has received donations from many local businesses to support field trips, weekend math classes and participation in the performing arts. A total of $8,000 was raised from eight different local businesses, including Dart Enterprises (owned by Ken Dart), DMS Organization, Deloitte, Appleby, Foster’s Food Fair, Cayman Enterprise City, Comfort Suites Ltd, and Ernst & Young.
The fundraising is just beginning however, as the school aims to raise $60,000 to complete its Performing Arts Centre, after the building itself was donated by Davenport Development and other companies. Businesses have the opportunity to donate between $2,000 and $5,000 to the new development and will have their name placed on the Donor Wall in return.
PTA President Cheyenna Stewart said the facility is designed to help the island preserve its heritage. “Having a central place in the school for these types of activities means this becomes a hub where many like-minded people can come together for the benefit of our children,” she said.
With the Cayman National Under-20 Women’s Football Team overseas in preparation for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championship in January, Dart Cayman Islands has generously stepped up to sponsor them. Dart Cayman Islands, owned by Ken Dart, has had a presence in the Cayman Islands for nearly 20 years and is very involved with the community.
The sponsorship has allowed for travel to the United States, Costa Rica and Panama, which are essential stops in the preparation process. “It’s critical for the team to be together one month ahead of the tournament,” said First Vice President of the Cayman Islands Football Association Bruce Bake. He added, “Incorporating the overseas-based players into the team at this time provides the coaching staff a perfect opportunity to evaluate the players and fine tune strategy and tactics ahead of the competition in January.”
Mark VanDevelde, CEO of Dart, weighed in on the matter as well, saying, “Dart is pleased that our sponsorship has been instrumental in allowing this camp to take place and we look forward to cheering them on, here at home, in January.”
The Cayman Islands is one of only eight teams invited to compete in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. The top three finishers will advance to the 2013 FIFA World Cup finals in Canada.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the largest chain of boutique hotels in the United States, was featured in Fortune’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Not only is it the fifth time the San Francisco-based hotel chain has made the list, but they jumped seven spots from last year and settled at No. 21. Kimpton ranks as the top hospitality company in the U.S. and is the exemplar for many key factors in the ranking, such as a continuous dedication to creating a transparent and engaging workplace. For the 10th year in a row, Kimpton also recently earned a 100 percent score for workplace equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
The Kimpton chain operates 62 hotels in the United States and is planning to double that number over the next five years. Although originally an exclusively domestic hotel chain, currently Kimpton is focusing its efforts on its first overseas project in Grand Cayman. In July, Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. announced that it had signed Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to manage Dart’s first resort property, a 263-room hotel with 56 residences on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. The $200 million project will include two 10-story buildings, six beachfront bungalows and five restaurants and lounges, including a restaurant in the lobby and one on the rooftop.
Dart Realty, a subsidiary of Dart Enterprises owned by Kenneth Dart, is the developer of the town of Camana Bay and the residential neighborhood of Salt Creek, in addition to the new Seven Mile Beach Hotel.
Eighteen Stingray swimmers recently travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to take part in the Christmas Open Swimming Championships, where they proceeded to win medals and set records. With an entourage that included head coach Andy Copley, tour manager Christine Maltman and a number of parents, the Stingrays had plenty of witnesses for their success.
They won 51 medals (18 gold), set four meet records, and five new swimmers qualified for CARIFTA. The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). This year’s Stingrays have already matched last year’s total of 10 athletes to qualify for CARIFTA, including 5 newcomers who weren’t on the 2013 CARIFTA team.
Coach Copley was extremely pleased with his team’s performance. “Overall, the season was a success for our senior swimmers and this meet was a fun culmination of all the work that was done,” he said. “I’m most pleased with our number of CARIFTA qualifiers though. We’ve got five new kids qualified and Stingray can realistically get several more swimmers in the fold. I’m excited for what the next few months hold.”
The travel team is generously sponsored by Cayman Airways and Dart Cayman Islands, both with a vested interest in the development of the Cayman Islands community. Dart Cayman, owned by Ken Dart, is known for its development of the town of Camana Bay, which stretches from the famous Seven-Mile Beach to the North Sound.
Mote Marine Laboratory has received a $300,000 three-year grant for research on coral reefs, climate change and ocean acidification, courtesy of the Dart Foundation. This marked the third major grant to Mote from the Dart Foundation, a private organization started by the Dart family. The family is the heart of Dart Container Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers. The Dart Foundation is very much a family affair, started in 1984 by William and Claire Dart and currently presided over by a board of Claire Dart, Ken Dart, Robert Dart and Ariane Dart.
Two international studies will benefit from the grant, allowing collaborators from Israel and Saudi Arabia to get involved, as well as enabling field research in Italy and the US. This collaboration will be led by Dr. Kim Ritchie, manager of Mote’s Marine Microbiology Program. Mote scientists are world-renowned for their research on coral reef health, so this grant could lead to breakthroughs in the field. They will be focusing on the relationship between corals and microbes: beneficial bacteria and algae that symbiotically live on the coral tissue.
Our family has a keen interest in reef science and conservation,” said Ariane Dart, trustee for the Dart Foundation. “We have been particularly impressed with Dr. Ritchie’s research and we’ll watch and hope for significant breakthroughs from this work.”