2016 In­de­pen­dence Day Pic­nic

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Front Page -

On July 2 the Amer­i­can com­mu­nity in Bangkok and their friends and guests gath­ered at NIST In­ter­na­tional School to cel­e­brate Amer­ica’s 240th birth­day. We hon­ored a long- stand­ing tra­di­tion of pour­ing whiskey into the canal to ap­pease the wa­ter spir­its and were re­warded by sunny day of fun, good com­pany, great live mu­sic, de­lec­ta­ble food, and games for the whole fam­ily. U. S. Am­bas­sador Glyn T. Davies was also in at­ten­dance with his fam­ily and spoke about the im­por­tance of in­de­pen­dence and free­dom and how these shared val­ues fos­ter the ties be­tween the U. S. and Thailand. Young Me­lanie Rimi in­toned the U. S. and Thai na­tional an­thems and left the au­di­ence awed with her sparkling voice, while the Marine Corps and Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars were on hand to raise the col­ors. Guests had an op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple the of­fer­ings of the Chili Cook- off con­tes­tants and vote for their fa­vorite. Games like the gunny sack race, egg toss, tug of war, and pie eat­ing con­test at­tracted both young and old. Cou­pled with tra­di­tional Amer­i­can foods like ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken wings, and ap­ple pie and the live bands play­ing blues and rock, the day of­fered a slice of Amer­i­cana for nos­tal­gic Amer­i­cans and the wider ex­pat com­mu­nity in Thailand. The high­light of the day was the raf­fle with valu­able prizes that raised money for the AMCHAM Thailand Foun­da­tion to sup­port ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. We thank all those who at­tended and sup­ported the event: the In­de­pen­dence Day Com­mit­tee, event and Star spon­sors, the donors to the raf­fle and char­ity booth, and the com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions that were present. We are par­tic­u­larly grate­ful for the dozens of vol­un­teers who helped make this event pos­si­ble.

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