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(David Garcia Hong Kong Charities thanks the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong Charity Fund for the news update provided below.)
14th FCC Annual Charity Ball Rocks for Charity
with a Spectacular Concert by Tears for Fears
Corporate and individual sponsors gave generously to support
the FCC Charity Fund’s various projects.
(Hong Kong – October 15, 2015) – An enthusiastic crowd of Tears for Fears fans sang along to the band’s greatest hits during the 14th Foreign Correspondents’ Club Annual Charity Ball that was held last weekend (October 10th) at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre with 1,200 local and overseas guests.
Guests were ushered into the ballroom by a flash mob led by the musicians from the HK Metropolitan Pop Orchestra.
FCC President, Neil Western, and Po Leung Kuk Chairman, Dr. Pollyanna Chu, presented the new batch of FCC scholars followed by check presentations from major sponsors like UBS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Flexbox and the Georgina Hope Foundation. Students from the Po Leung Kuk HKTA Yuen Yuen Primary School performed a lively dance number to the delight of the guests.
Ball guests enjoyed the drinks from generous wine and liquor sponsors Distilleria Bottega of Italy, top Bordeaux wines from the Crus Bourgeois du Medoc classification, Patron tequila, Snow Leopard vodka and LIK whisky. After the exciting live auction, guests rushed to the front of the stage for the much-awaited concert by Tears for Fears who regaled the guests with a set list of their chart toppers.
Tears for Fears front men, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, did not disappoint and wowed the guests with the timeless songs they wrote and sang more than three decades ago. A new generation of singers have done cover versions of Tears for Fears hit songs. The show opened with one of the band’s most recognizable songs, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, followed by Seeds of Love, Mad World, Head Over Heels, Advice for the Young at Heart, Woman in Chains, Pale Shelter, Change and ended with the band’s iconic, signature song Shout that provided a rousing finale to a spectacular concert.
Tears for Fears continues a stellar line up of famous performers at the FCC ball including The Jacksons, Huey Lewis and the News, INXS, Doobie Brothers, Credence Clearwater, Charlie Daniels Band, Jimmy Buffett, World Classic Rockers, Sergio Mendes, Blondie with Debbie Harry, Beach Boys, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, The Supremes.
The FCC Charity Ball is the club’s main annual fund raising event that has raised more than HK$ 82 million to support the education of Hong Kong’s neediest children through their various projects.
The live auction was heated with guests enthusiastically vying to outbid each other for the chance to win special items like a fully customized Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Eastern & Oriental train experience from Singapore to Bangkok with stay at the Peninsula Bangkok and the Raffles Hotel Singapore, a limited edition Fantome Arcane smartphone, a Franck Muller Grace Curvex watch with diamonds, among others. The silent auction also raised a large amount of money from guests who bid on vacation packages like the 5-nights stay at the Villa Suralai in Koh Samui, art pieces like the Sir Peter Blake Australia Suite, signed Bruce Springsteen guitar, Penfolds wines and many more interesting items.
Aside from ticket sales, a major part of the annual fund raiser is the Raffle Draw which this year gave away top prizes including 4 Cathay Pacific Business class tickets to Tokyo with accommodations at the Shangri-La Tokyo and Andaz Hotel, Mouawad Classic Pearl pendant with diamonds, stay at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and the Peninsula Hong Kong.
Among the distinguished guests at this year’s ball were FCC President Neil Western, Po Leung Kuk Chairman Dr. Pollyanna Chu, Daniel Chen, John Slosar, Nicholas Chu, Abbie Chan, Australian Consul General Paul Tighe, Monica Muller, Henrik Nielsen, Barry Nassberg, Catherine Deane, Marc Van Eijck, Donal Galvin, Ed Peter, Mahnaz Lee and many other high profile business and social figures.
About the FCC Charity Fund
The FCC Charity Fund is very proud of the community service projects the charity ball has funded since 2002: Po Leung Kuk/UBS/FCC Language Training Programme, Po Leung Kuk/Bank of America Merrill Lynch/FCC Children’s Learning Centre, Po Leung Kuk/UBS/FCC Children’s Development Programme, Po Leung Kuk/Henrik Nielsen/FCC Scholarship Fund, Po Leung Kuk/Sprouts Foundation/FCC Education Services Centre, Po Leung Kuk/Georgina Hope Foundation/FCC Scholarship Fund, Po Leung Kuk/HKRFU/FCC Tackling Life Rugby Programme, Po Leung Kuk/Savills/HKRFU/FCC
Pitch Perfect Project and the Po Leung Kuk/Sprouts Foundation/FCC Secondary Education Services Centre
The FCC Scholarship Fund was set up to help underprivileged children who wish to pursue tertiary education. To date, the Scholarship Fund has awarded 180 scholarships.. The graduated scholars are working as lawyers, nurses, accountants, bankers and some are entrepreneurs running their own businesses.
In 2005, the Language Training Program (LTP) was launched at the Po Leung Kuk (PLK) headquarters in Causeway Bay that teaches English and Putonghua to the PLK’s 300 children in residential care, aged 2 to 18 years old. The program was launched to address the need of Hong Kong employers for a multilingual work force fluent in Cantonese, English and Putonghua. The Po Leung Kuk/UBS/FCC Language Training Program offers extra-curricular English and Putonghua tuition through a system that makes learning a foreign language fun, interesting and stimulating.
In 2009, the Po Leung Kuk/Bank of America Merrill Lynch/FCC Children’s Learning Centre (CLC) and the Po Leung Kuk/UBS/FCC Child Development Program (CDP) opened in Lei Muk Shue to provide language training and family and child development services to the estate residents in the area. With increased funding from UBS in 2010, the CDP was able to set up the Baby College, a service that works closely with pregnant women and their families and provides structured parent and child programs to help the baby have a complete developmental workout and improve the relationship between young children and their parents.
In 2011, the Po Leung Kuk/Sprouts Foundation/FCC Education Services Centre in Tai Wai started teaching English to primary school children. Students come from disadvantaged families where 22% of the area’s adult population has been educated no further than primary school. Parents with little formal education face great difficulty in helping their own children develop further. The centre can accommodate 120 students and a fourth centre is due to open soon.
The most recent initiative involves a sports program, Tackling Life, supported by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union that gives over 3,700 children the opportunity to learn the game of rugby. This year we introduced the Pitch Perfect Project that involved developing a rugby pitch at the Po Leung Kuk Tai Tong Holiday Camp near Yuen Long, a community composed of low-income families and new immigrants. The children enjoy using the rugby pitch to practice the rugby skills they have learned on the basketball courts at their school. The rugby courses do not just teach children the fundamentals of the game. They also promote the development of the children’s personality, self-esteem, confidence, leadership, team building and communication skills that will benefit them throughout their entire life.
The FCC Charity Fund welcomes donations in cash or kind and these can be channeled through Ms. Mireya Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive more information about the fund-raising activities of the FCC Charity Fund and its work with Po Leung Kuk, please visit http://www.fcchkcharityfund.org or the Po Leung Kuk web site at www.poleungkuk.org.hk
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