Grande Notte

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

A cel­e­bra­tion of the best of Italy was the fo­cus when the Ital­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted more than 400 guests at The Ritz- Carl­ton. But as well as all the glitz and glam of the cham­ber’s 2015 ball, there was a se­ri­ous pur­pose—to raise funds through the evening’s live auc­tion for Women Help­ing Women Hong Kong (WHWHK), a char­ity that helps vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

“The cham­ber is mak­ing cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity a key driver of its ac­tiv­i­ties,” cham­ber pres­i­dent Fabio De Rosa told the gath­er­ing. The Ital­ian busi­ness com­mu­nity, led by lux­ury names in the worlds of fash­ion, cars and fine wine, had de­cided to play a part with WHWHK in deal­ing with the con­se­quences of do­mes­tic abuse. The cham­ber, which rep­re­sents more than 400 Ital­ian com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the city, sees it­self as a cat­a­lyst for en­cour­ag­ing sol­i­dar­ity be­tween Ital­ian ex­pats and Hong Kong so­ci­ety.

As well as the live auc­tion to ben­e­fit WHWHK, the ball’s pro­gramme in­cluded a live cat­walk fash­ion show by A Testoni and a beau­ti­ful Ital­ian opera per­for­mance by singer Derek An­thony. In the tra­di­tion of Ital­ian hos­pi­tal­ity, no one left empty-handed; guests re­ceived goodie bags full of Ital­ian fare, in­clud­ing Venchi choco­lates, mini bot­tles of San Pel­le­grino and beau­ti­ful leather-bound note­books from A Testoni.

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