FIRST CLASS

SO­CIAL EDITOR FLORENCE TSAI JOINED THE THRONG IN THE GRAND HY­ATT BALL­ROOM FOR AN EVENT THAT WAS UNAN­I­MOUSLY DE­CLARED A RUN­AWAY SUC­CESS

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The at­mos­phere at the Grand Hy­att Hong Kong was abuzz with cul­tural ex­change as 450 VIP guests ar­rived for the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion Gala, fresh from a per­for­mance by the Di­o­tima Quar­tet and pi­anist Sa Chen at the Academy for Per­form­ing Arts.

The crowd, which in­cluded many of Hong Kong’s most prom­i­nent cul­tural in­flu­encers, was greeted by an im­pres­sive gar­den ar­range­ment in the foyer and a spe­cial sa­lon fea­tur­ing dis­plays of ex­quis­ite watches by Vacheron Con­stantin, FIF’S on­go­ing char­i­ta­ble part­ner and prin­ci­pal spon­sor of the gala. A sump­tu­ous feast—the cre­ation of Ni­co­las Masse, whose Bordeaux res­tau­rant La Grand-vigne has two Miche­lin stars—fol­lowed, ac­com­pa­nied by won­der­ful Bordeaux wines pro­vided by Smith Haut Lafitte.

The em­cee for the night was Sean Lee­Davies, who fol­lowed up his warm wel­com­ing speech with bril­liant in­tro­duc­tions to the many con­trib­u­tors and per­form­ers who made the evening such a suc­cess. Mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes high­lighted FIF’S cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives, such as the FIF/LANG Lang Young Scholars Pro­gramme and the FIF Can­tonese Opera Ini­tia­tive. A live auc­tion took place to ben­e­fit the foun­da­tion and FIF chair­man Michelle Ong pre­sented awards to var­i­ous Fif-sup­port­ing artists, in­clud­ing Ann Hui and Ca­rina Lau, in recog­ni­tion of their work. The evening con­cluded with a “Gar­den of Desserts and De­lights”—sev­eral sta­tions bear­ing de­li­cious desserts placed in FIF’S “gar­den” for guests to sam­ple and en­joy be­fore leav­ing. Sup­port­ers present in­cluded Lester Lam, Sab­rina Fung-lam, An­drew Yuen and Yvette Yung.

Ed­lyn Cheng, Vena Cheng, and Betty and Moses Cheng

Reg­gie and Ron­ald Kwok

Sean Lee-davies

Louisa Cheng and Elisa Barthélémy

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