Stars in Our Eyes

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

utside shaw stu­dios, the Al­phards and Mercedes stretched along the road for hun­dreds of me­tres as a le­gion of in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers fired a frenzy of flashes at the celebri­ties on the red car­pet, who had flown in es­pe­cially for the night. “Gwyneth!” they shouted. “Paris, over here!” they yelped. Right from the get-go, Hong Kong’s in­au­gu­ral am­far fundrais­ing gala took glitz and glam­our to a new level. Ex­pec­ta­tions were sky high due to months of pre-event hype: “Naomi Camp­bell will MC” (turned out to be true), “Kate Moss will DJ” (also true), and “Robin Thicke’s go­ing to per­form” (again true!). The event did not dis­ap­point, as those lucky enough to get a seat can at­test.

Hong Kong’s first fundrais­ing ex­trav­a­ganza for am­far—the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Aids Re­search—was helmed by busi­ness heavy­weight Pansy Ho who, along with her com­mit­tee mem­bers, did a fan­tas­tic job of en­sur­ing plenty of ta­bles were sold. Some went for HK$500K a pop! As well as rais­ing funds for Aids re­search, the event was an evening to cel­e­brate the good work of Asia’s doyenne of the sil­ver screen, Michelle Yeoh. In a touch­ing pre­sen­ta­tion, Pansy, along with David Tang and Si­las Chou, pre­sented Michelle with the am­far Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award. A big con­grat­u­la­tions to Michelle, and es­pe­cially to Pansy and her com­mit­tee mem­bers, who helped to raise an im­pres­sive HK$4 mil­lion. And what bet­ter story to lead the Faces sec­tion in our Phi­lan­thropy Is­sue? Turn to page 92 to see our spe­cial am­far gala re­port, in­clud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent photo es­say cre­ated by the in­com­pa­ra­ble Crazy Rouge, a redcarpet star in her own right.

Grac­ing our cover this month is one of Hong Kong’s most char­i­ta­ble ty­coons, Peter Woo, a man who, on the eve of his re­tire­ment, should be plan­ning a world cruise—but is in­stead ded­i­cat­ing more time to help­ing dis­ad­van­taged youth. Read about Peter’s in­spi­ra­tional Wecan Project on page 192.

Thank­fully, Peter is not fight­ing the good fight alone. In our fea­ture Help­ing Hands (p.200) we shine a light on 13 other white knights rac­ing to the city’s res­cue, in­clud­ing Ron­nie Chan, Robert Miller, Michelle Ong and Anne Mar­den. With th­ese gen­er­ous souls lead­ing the charge, it’s no won­der Hong Kong ranks among the top 10most char­i­ta­ble cities in the world.

char­ity queens With Pansy Ho (cen­tre) at the helm, the am­far gala was a glit­ter­ing suc­cess, at­tract­ing celebrity guests such as Gwyneth Pal­trow and Hong Kong’s elite, in­clud­ing Yvette Yung (left)

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