Thanks to the generosity of business leaders and friends of AmCham, more than HK$115,000 was raised at the annual Charitable Foundation Dinner in an evening of fine dining, music and entertainment at a UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Site in Hong Kong
By Queenie Tsui
Considered one of AmCham’s favorite events of the year, the annual Charitable Foundation Dinner was successfully held on September 23rd at The Crown Wine Cellars where business leaders and friends of the Chamber gathered for an evening of fine dining, music and entertainment.
Before the dinner started, distinguished guests were greeted with glasses of Stellenbosch’s premium bubbly in the glass-housed conservatory at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Site. As in past years, local musicians Jerry Sun and Manting Chan, who beautifully performed Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, exceptionally rendered the sacred sense of thanksgiving on this occasion.
AmCham Charitable Foundation Chairman Peter Levesque expressed his heartfelt gratitude to James E. Thompson, Chairman of Crown Worldwide Group and a Charitable Foundation trustee, who for the fifth year hosted the dinner by sponsoring the extravagant venue, four-course dinner with wine pairings, as well as selected wines for a fundraising auction.
Levesque also acknowledged the support of AmCham Vice Chairman Steve Lackey, Governors Diana David, Elaine Cheung, Seth Peterson and Patrick Wu, who were in attendance, as well as all other supporters, for their generosity in supporting the Foundation at the dinner.
Levesque took the occasion to announce the recipient of this year’s Ira Dan Kaye Community Services Award, Dr. Thomas Chan Sze Tong, JP, who has been Chairperson of World Vision Hong Kong for 14 years, in recognition of his life-long commitment to public service and dedication to the community of Hong Kong.
The evening came to a close with a lucky draw and wine auction conducted by Gregory De’Eb, and raised over HK$115,000 in support of AmCham’s charitable causes and various engagements throughout the year, including Prize Book Awards, Lyn Edinger US Scholarship, Scholar Awards for local university students, as well as financial assistance for local, lesser-known charities serving the under-privileged every year.
Special acknowledgements go to the evening’s lucky draw sponsors United Airlines for two round-trip tickets in United Business Class to Guam or Singapore, Hong Kong’s Four Seasons Hotel for a two-person dinner at Caprice with a bottle of wine, The Peninsula Bangkok for a two-night stay in a Deluxe Room including breakfast and round-trip airport transfer for two persons, The Peninsula Boutique for its luxurious Peninsula Hamper, as well as praline confectionaries as table prizes.