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Elephant Parade House hosts farewell party for Maa Lii and Corn Elephant

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 everywhere.

Ann Fink and Annette Kunagigon show off one of the many elephants at Elephant Parade House in Chiang Mai Land.

The glamor of Germany

Bobby Khotbuntao, Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon, Mr. Wongsasulak, Mrs. Wongsasulak, German Ambassador Rolf Schulze, Petronella Schulze, Mark Thawin and Wuttipong Arayatumsopon at the Gala event.

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.

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Elephant Parade House hosts farewell party for Maa Lii and Corn Elephant

The glamor of Germany