WOMEN HELPING WOMEN GALA DINNER
Sue Lynn Woo-hwa David and Avisha Harilela
Matthew and Lianne Lam and Leta Lau
Shirley and Boby Chan
Anna Treier The ballroom of the Island Shangri-la was transformed into an imperial dining hall for the annual gala dinner of Women Helping Women Hong Kong (WHWHK), which was held in conjunction with the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society. The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception during which guests, dressed to impress in keeping with the imperial black-tie dress code, took in the many fabulous outfits as they mingled. The charity’s co-founder Mahnaz Lee looked resplendent in a vintage chinoiserie-inspired dress. A silent auction took place throughout the evening, but it was the live auction that was the most entertaining, with husbands bidding frantically for a pair of Adler diamond earrings. Daniel and Angel Chan proved victorious. The room erupted in applause when Purviz Shroff took to the stage to pledge HK$500,000 for the cause. Other highlights included performances by Tricia Buser, Joyce Lee and Gretchell Yaneza-yeung, who serenaded the audience and helped fill the dancefloor.
WHWHK was founded in 2010 to provide assistance to Hong Kong women and children affected by domestic abuse and violence. Since then it has helped more than 42,000 families. The goal of the dinner was to raise awareness about the issue and funds for the cause.
“We believe women are the heart of any family and play important roles as wives, mothers and daughters in our society,” Mahnaz said. “We at WHWHK would like to extend our support to women from all walks of life who face problems and difficulties in their families.”