Organised by the Pink Palki foundation, the event was smashing success.
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
Guests were tickled pink on the 18th of December as the Chitlada Grand Ballroom of the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park was transformed into a rosé wonderland for the Pink Christmas Charity Ball. The inaugural charity event of Pink Palki’s recently-launched Think Pink initiative, where all proceeds went towards the Queen Sirikit Center for Breast Cancer (QSCBCF), the festivities began with a cocktail hour where invitees enjoyed a complimentary glass of bubbly while perusing the wealth of art donated for the silent art auction. The auction, which was a success thanks largely to the generous contributions of local artists, showcased works from Elizabeth Romhild, Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, Mook Vinyaratn, Olga Tapiola, Malini Mansukhani, Vibha Sodhia, Franz Huber, Sonal Mankame, Neerja Tata, and Jeevna Bajaj.
When the doors opened, guests were treated to a rousing rendition of ‘All I Want for Christmas’ by the incomparable Pangina from House of Heals, which set the tone for
the rest of the evening. Dr. Kris Chatamra, the Founder and Honorary Director of the QSCBCF, took the stage to explain the QSCBCF’s efforts as a centre for excellence focused on women’s health, particularly for those who are underprivileged. His speech elucidated the research behind, and clear advantages, of immunotherapy for breast cancer, which the proceeds from the night went towards.
He was then presented with a cheque for an impressive THB 1.0725 million for the foundation, which did not even include the proceeds from the art auction, a testament to the community’s generosity.
Dinner was served shortly afterwards, a lavish international buffet spread by Chef Daniel Bucher, while all were entertained by magician Sagar Choksi who went table to table to show off the tricks up his sleeve, while vocalist Jafar Curry from New York and his 12-piece band played festive favourites that soon had many up on the dance floor. Before the end of the night, the lavish raffle prizes were announced, and then guests were invited to dance the rest of the night away to famed saxophonist Antonio’s tunes and the beats dropped by Flamenco’s resident DJ Johnny O. Overall, the event was a resounding triumph for the cause, thanks mostly to the unstinting efforts and collaboration of Pink Palki, and in particular Sharan Hora, Ruchika Pawa, and Ravina Sawhney.
To check out the full gallery for this event, click here.