Artist Chris Chun (2nd left) is joined by U.S.
Consul General Ken Foster and Elephant Parade House founders at the
unveiling of Maa Lii.
By Shana Kongmun
Elephant Parade House hosted an unveiling and farewell party for two
of their large elephant statues painted by artists Chris Chun and Natchai
Posrila on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Chris’s flower decorated Maa Lii and
Natchai’s Corn Elephant will be travelling to the United States to join the
2013 Elephant Parade Tour in Southern California. The Elephant Parade House
seeks to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and uses part of the
proceeds to fund such causes as Friends of the Asian Elephant, Bring the
Elephant Home, the Corridor Project in India and others.
These large nearly life size statues can be seen in some locations around
town and smaller collectible statues can be purchased at the store or
online. The large statues are all hand-painted by local and international
artists, each one unique. From the Durian Elephant to the polka dotted
elephant and many others, the Elephant Parade House’s colorful and unique
elephants are raising awareness and funds for the conservation of elephants
Ann Fink and Annette Kunagigon show off one of
the many elephants at Elephant Parade House in Chiang Mai Land.
Bobby Khotbuntao, Dirk Weeber
Arayatumsopon, Mr. Wongsasulak, Mrs. Wongsasulak, German Ambassador Rolf
Schulze, Petronella Schulze, Mark Thawin and Wuttipong Arayatumsopon at the Gala
The German Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) hosted the first
Gala Charity Dinner Night in its over 60 years of history on May 31 in Bangkok.
The event was hosted by Karl Heinz Heckhausen (President of the GTCC) and Joerg
Buck (Director of the GTCC) and attended by German Honorary Consul for the North
Hagen Dirksen and his wife Wanpen as well as German businesspeople and residents
of Chiang Mai. German Ambassador Rolf Schulze and his wife Petronella were also
on hand for the event that saw many well-known Thai and foreign residents attend
including a regular visitor to Chiang Mai M.R. Malinee Chakrabandhu, Saisom
Wongsasulak of the Board of the Thai Red Cross, Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon,
Podology Center CEO Wuttipong Arayatumsopon and many others
A beautiful old BMW was on display and many guests enjoyed having their photos
taken in front of it as well as Porsche which sent one of their newest models to
the ballroom. There was a fashion show and music and dance from finalists of
Thailand’s Got Talent. Courtesy of the Press department of The Podology Center.
German Honorary Consul Hagen
Dirksen and his wife Wanpen pose in front of the lovely vintage BMW.