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A dream comes true for Banchiing and Saek at Dubai 24-hour race

5th Annual Charity Rooftop Party raises over 1 million baht for charity

 

A dream comes true for Banchiing and Saek at Dubai 24-hour race

 

5th Annual Charity Rooftop Party raises over 1 million baht for charity

Andy Archer
The rooftop gardens of Hillside Plaza and Condotel on Huey Kaew Road were once again the venue for the famous Annual Charity Rooftop Party on January 10. The first party was held at very short notice, in response to the tremendous need for aid following the devastating tsunami in the south of Thailand and its tragic effects on lives and livelihoods. This year’s party, the 5th, had a great deal more time to organise, and to gather in funds to be added to the total by holding a number of very enjoyable events in the previous several months.

Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat with her beautiful dancers.
The rooftop gardens were decorated with myriads of lights, covering the trees and the walls and giving a gentle glow which contrasted with the sparkling lights of the city spread out below.
As guests arrived, they were greeted by a group of glamorous and scantily-dressed young Thais, and (when he could be persuaded to stop running long enough…) by the indefatigable Steve, whose pet project this event has been since its inception. Committee members circulated amongst the crowd, tirelessly selling more and more raffle tickets, every book sold adding to the grand total raised.
At 7 p.m., the main area was opened, and everyone rushed to find seats before heading for the food. And very tasty food it was too, even for those who had to find room for it after discovering the chocolate fountain, provided generously by Duc de Praslin, Belgium. For those who missed this treat (did anyone?) it involved various fruits on sticks, ‘a la kebab’, which were then held under the flow of the melted Belgian chocolate until covered - delicious!
Five bars gave guests a great choice of refreshment, alcoholic or otherwise, provided by the Wine Gallery, Mi Casa, Bon Café, Horeca and Hillside 4 itself, which brought the beer. The entertainment, organised by Joe Media and Consulting, included five groups of musicians and dancers, a contemporary magician, Nick Wiszynski, whose act includes mime, a skill which he learned in Paris, ballet dancers from Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, and Chalard Kamonrat.
Sadly (or maybe not?) this year there was no ‘Elvis’! Everyone who contributed their skills and talents to the success of the party gave their services for free - their generosity is so very much appreciated.
Khun Wachara Tantranont, Honorary Consul of Korea and chairman of the Rooftop Party Committee, paid the expenses of the entire event, in order that all monies raised could go to the chosen local charities. In addition, a large number of businesses within and outside the Chiang Mai community donated items for the raffle, the auction and the silent auction – all proceeds gained from these were added to the grand total - an amount of more than 1,150,000 baht, including funds raised at the run-up events and a generous donation of 100,000 baht given by Thailandfreunde e.V, newly established in Chiang Mai.  
This year, for the first time, three main charities were chosen to receive the amount collected; the School for the Blind, Samsara and Freedom House will equally share 1 million baht. The remainder of 150,000 baht will be divided at 30,000 baht each amongst the five runner-up charities; Wildflower Home, Lanna Dogs, Nog Hoy School, Croston House, and Kids Ark.
Khun Wachara Tantranont and the organisers of this annual event are proud that over 4.3 million baht has been raised in the last 5 years by Thais and foreigners alike working together to help the needy of Thailand, thus making the Rooftop Party one of the most successful fund raising and social events in the whole of the north.

Wachara Tantranont (center) chairman of the 5th Annual Charity Rooftop Committee, enjoys his birthday as well as the party itself.

Joe, of JOE Consulting, strikes a pose with some of the glamorous dancers.

Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, president of Thailandfreunde CM and Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon president Thailandfreunde Germany, Vice President Thailandfreunde CM, present a cheque for 100,000 baht to Wachara Tantranont.

5th Annual Charity Rooftop Party prize draw winning numbers

Door Prize: Luxury Chedi Voucher: Entrance ticket 009
1. Amari Watergate Bang­kok: 1 night deluxe room + breakfast 8860
2. The Legend Resort Chiang Rai: 1 night superior room + breakfast 0200
3. Absolute Hair Design: 800 baht voucher 1599
4. Le Coq Dor: set lunch for 2 0538
5. Riverside Restaurant: 500 baht voucher + cruise for 2 people 1352
6. Chiang Mai Mail: Annual subscription 0642
7. dusitD2: 1000 baht meal voucher Moxie Restaurant 0483
8. Pheurn Restaurant Bottle of Wine 0024
9. The Pub: 1 crate of Tiger Beer 0125
10. Mantra Restaurant Pattaya: Sunday brunch for 2 persons 1420
11. ArtSpace: Poster ‘Khao Soy Cowboy’ 9706
12. Tananan Willson: scalf 7577-Jim Dagens
13. Maya: quilt bag 0521-Ron Delozier
14. Silk Bed set 9813-Sandra Bathon
15. Shangri La Hotel: One day guest pass Health Club 1449-Tananan
16. Absolute Hair Design: 500 baht voucher 1485
17. Chiang Mai Mail: Annual subscription 7544-Mike Lucia
18. Amari Rincome: International Buffet for 2 La Gritta Restaurant 8031-Brian Howe
19. dusitD2: 1,000 baht meal voucher Moxie Restaurant 7631-Napha Howe
20. Silk table runner 0089
21. Maya: bag 0477
22. Maya: quilt 0452
23. Dukes: cookie hamper 0717-George Olson
24. ArtSpace: Poster ‘We can do it – Dalai Lama’ 1000-Kaw
25. Absolute Hair Design: 500 baht voucher 7214
26. Chiang Mai Mail: Annual subscription 7539-Sandra Bathon
27. Amari Rincome: International Buffet for 2 La Gritta Restaurant 0996-Japanese writing, Hillside 4
28. dusitD2: 500 baht voucher Beer Garden 7003-Napha Howe
29. The Pub: Sunday lunch for 2 0751
30. Painting from Elephant Life Experience 7707-Joyce J
31. Painting from Elephant Life Experience 7919-Brian Howe
32. Elements: necklace 1583
33. Maetang Elephant Park: 1 T-shirt 7995-Joyce J
34. Nimman Kitchen by Krit Bar & Restaurant: 500 baht voucher 7620-Napa Howe
35. Nimman Kitchen by Krit Bar & Restaurant: 500 baht voucher 0080
36. Absolute Hair Design: 500 baht voucher 0602
37. Amari Rincome: Asian Buffet for 4 persons at Lanna Restaurant 1178
38. dusitD2: 500 baht voucher DfiT Club 1504
39. dusitD2: 500 baht voucher DfiT Club 8621
40. dusitD2: 500 baht voucher DfiT Club 0666-Ohlson
41. dusitD2: 500 baht voucher DfiT Club 1025-Ineke
42. ArtSpace: ‘We can do it – Ang Sang Suu Kyi’ 1179
43. Chiang Mai Mail: Annual subcription 1849
44. Amari Rincome: BBQ dinner for 4 persons at Lanna Restaurant 1280
45. Absolute Hair Design: voucher 1585
46. Absolute Hair Design: voucher 1470
47.Absolute Hair Design voucher  0894
48.Absolute Hair Design voucher 7936
49.Absolute Hair Design voucher 1135-Barrett
50. PlubPla Restaurant voucher for 2000 baht 1113
51.Amari Rincome: Sunday Brunch for 2 La Gritta Restaurant 1133
52. Le Crystal Steak House: 1000 baht 6268
53. Amari Rincome: BBQ & Tapas for 4 persons + bottle of house wine 9720-Ms. Orawan
54. Nimman House Thai Massage: 1 Oil Massage worth 500 baht 7824-Sharri Brown
55. Nimman House Thai Massage: 1 Oil Massage worth 500 baht 7949
56. Podology Centre: discount voucher 0855-Annette
57. Podology Centre: discount voucher 1494
58. Podology Centre: discount voucher 0365-Anthony
59. Podology Centre: discount voucher 8898-Ian Garritt
60. Le Crystal Steak House: 1000 baht 0671-Paul
61. Le Crystal Steak House: 1000 baht 7556-Miriam, 1247
62 Le Crystal Steak House: 1000 baht 0280-Tim McGuire
63 .Bloom Karaoke: 1 hour + 200baht voucher 7562-Mr. Ood
64. Bloom Karaoke: 1 hour + 200baht voucher 0961-Pauline Bottrill
65. Bloom Karaoke: 1 hour + 200baht voucher 9745-Eric McCann
66. Bloom Karaoke: 1 hour + 200baht voucher 1089-Dorothy Sells
67. Fashion King: surprise gift 6045
68. Fashion King: surprise gift 1042-Ineke
69. Fashion King: surprise gift 7297-Philip Armstrong
70. Fashion King: surprise gift 0232-Tim McGuire
71. Fashion King: surprise gift 0637-Maurice
72. Olde Bell: 1000 baht voucher 8875-Jo Baggeley
73. Olde Bell: 500 baht voucher 7941-Brian Howe
74. Sabu Sabu: Farm Weed Collection – Body Lotion + Bath Gell 9814
75. Sabu Sabu: Farm Weed Collection – Home Aroma Diffusers 0757-Armelle Pennors
76. Pasta Café: 500 baht 7640
77. Pasta Café: 500 baht 0801
78. Centara Duangtawan: Japanese Buffet for 2 7779
79. Pashmina Scalf 1448
80. Japanese Scalf 0296-Nancy Lindley
81. Set of Clarins Products 0923
82. Speed Dating Voucher 1371-Mr. Rob
83. Speed Dating Voucher 1129
84. Speed Dating Voucher 6964
85. Hotel Marketing Concepts voucher 9955
86. Arcobaleno Restaurant voucher 1531
87. Nancy Chandler Maps gift 1190
88. Citylife subscription 0118
89. Citylife Subscription 9856
90. Citylife Subscription 0822
91. Citylife Subscription 0226
92. Fresh Herb Voucher 0998



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