Ladies First

WOMEN HELP­ING WOMEN GALA DIN­NER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

Sue Lynn Woo-hwa David and Avisha Harilela

Matthew and Lianne Lam and Leta Lau

Jan­ice Choi

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.”

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