Per­fectly Tuned

WHAT First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion Gala Din­ner WHEN June 21, 2017 WHERE In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal

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“World in Tune” was the theme of the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion gala din­ner, which was held at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Hong Kong. More than 350 guests en­joyed cham­pagne and opera cakes by Dal­loyau in a gar­den-themed cock­tail area be­fore en­ter­ing the ex­trav­a­gant ball­room, which was decked out like a charm­ing home re­plete with wall­pa­per pan­els and il­lu­mi­nated cen­tre­pieces. Fancl was the prin­ci­pal spon­sor and char­i­ta­ble part­ner of the gala, which raised funds to fur­ther the aims of the foun­da­tion— to up­lift Hong Kong at all lev­els through cel­e­brat­ing and pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion, cre­ativ­ity and men­tor­ship, and to har­ness the power of mu­sic, art and de­sign to unite and sup­port the com­mu­nity at large.

The evening’s theme was an apt choice, as the gala joined a se­ries of events un­der the foun­da­tion’s World In Tune Ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing An Evening with Renée Flem­ing (a recital be­fore an au­di­ence of 2,000 that took place the pre­vi­ous evening), a Renée Flem­ing Masterclass, which ben­e­fited more than 200 of the foun­da­tion’s stu­dents and teachers, and a fundrais­ing record­ing fea­tur­ing Ea­son Chan, Lang Lang and Renée.

In a brief wel­com­ing ad­dress, chair­woman Michelle Ong out­lined the foun­da­tion’s progress to date and thanked those present for their sup­port be­fore pre­sent­ing Renée and Leon Ko, the com­poser who did the mu­si­cal ar­range­ment for the record­ing, with the foun­da­tion’s Medal of Merit for their con­tin­u­ing char­i­ta­ble ef­forts. Then guests were treated to a stel­lar line-up of en­ter­tain­ment. High points in­cluded New Zealand songstress Hay­ley Westenra’s ren­di­tion of the Kiwi clas­sic Pokarekare Ana ac­com­pa­nied by Chi­nese gui­tarist Yang Xue­fei, a per­for­mance by Sin­ga­porean mu­si­cian Han­jin Tan and the Metro Vo­cal Group, a Hong Kong-based Amer­i­can a cap­pella en­sem­ble, and an ex­clu­sive preview per­for­mance of the fundrais­ing record­ing by Renée, Lang and Ea­son, who was a re­cip­i­ent of the Medal of Merit in 2016.

A live auc­tion also took place, with Jin Ling of Christie’s as the en­er­getic ham­mer wielder. Lots that went for above their es­ti­mates in­cluded a Ja­cob & Co skele­ton watch, which was snapped up by fi­nancier Liu Yang, and a col­lec­tion of wines from Henry Tang’s cel­lar, which re­sulted in a bid­ding war from which the chair­man of the MTR Cor­po­ra­tion, Frederick Ma, emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

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