The Awards Cer­e­mony

Hong Kong Tatler - - Upfront -

A high­light of the ball each year, the Tatler Awards Cer­e­mony was hosted by Edi­presse Me­dia Asia’s chief con­tent of­fi­cer and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor (Hong Kong), Sean Fitz­patrick, with Michel La­mu­nière pre­sent­ing the awards.

This year saw the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Global Unity Award, an hon­our that recog­nises those build­ing bridges be­tween East and West in find­ing so­lu­tions to global chal­lenges. It went to bil­lion­aire Rus­sian tech in­vestor Yuri Mil­ner and his wife, Ju­lia, who es­tab­lished the Break­through Prize Foun­da­tion, which hon­ours and pro­vides fund­ing for re­searchers mak­ing im­por­tant ad­vances in the life sciences, fun­da­men­tal physics and math­e­mat­ics.

The award for Most Promis­ing Young Lady, spon­sored by Fancl, went to Joanna Lui Hickox for her en­trepreneurial de­sign-fo­cused life­style cafe, Cha Bei, and her sup­port of the Gal­axy En­ter­tain­ment Group Foun­da­tion, which con­ducts phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties in Ma­cau and Main­land China.

Ming Ho-tang re­ceived the award for Most Stylish Woman and, based on com­ments through­out the room, it was recog­ni­tion well-de­served and long over­due. Ming cer­tainly ra­di­ated a strik­ing pres­ence on stage in her om­bre Os­car de la Renta gown and a daz­zling pear-shaped rubel­lite neck­lace by award spon­sor Chopard.

The Di­a­mond Award went to Peter Woo in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions to the busi­ness, phil­an­thropic and cul­tural life of the city. Spon­sored by The Macallan, the award comes with a HK$100,000 cheque from Hong Kong Tatler for a char­ity of the win­ner’s choice. Peter nom­i­nated Mother’s Choice— and pledged to match it dol­lar for dol­lar, the first re­cip­i­ent to do so.

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