The Peninsula Is Pretty In Pink As It Hosts The Glittering Inaugural Pink Tie Fundraising Gala In Support Of The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry
Guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong were tickled pink on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 as the hotel hosted the inaugural Pink Tie fundraising gala in support of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. An evening of high glamour and big-hearted generosity, the lavish affair saw many of Hong Kong’s influential society figures and best-known personalities stepping out to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.
Part of Peninsula in Pink, a charitable initiative in support of breast cancer charities that is now in its sixth year, the event was themed “The Art of Pink” and included an exclusive auction hosted by Christie’s Asia Pacific Chairman, François Curiel. This featured works of art, specially arranged VIP experiences and other enticing lots donated by generous sponsors, raising a total of HK$ 735,000 for the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.
Over 80 guests attended the event, joining Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, and Ms Rainy Chan, Regional Vice President of The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong. Among those lending their support was special guest of the evening, the dashing actor Mr Michael Wong, who set the tone for the evening with a Sinatra-worthy performance of songs.
During the evening’s live auction, guests bid on the following eight exclusive, curated lots, which were generously sponsored by a select band of highly charitable donors.
Lot #1 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 1996 Jeroboam
Renowned Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has been crafting wines of exceptional quality for more than two centuries. The Belle Epoque 1996 combines maturity and freshness in a surprising and exceptional illustration of the Perrier-Jouët style, while the jeroboam bottle is decorated with enameled anemones designed by Emile Gallé, one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement of the 1900s.
Lot #2 A private, archeologist-led tour of the Tod’s Group-sponsored Colosseum restoration in Rome, and a pair of made-to-order Gommino Club custom men’s driving shoes
As part of its commitment to preserving Italian culture, Tod’s Group has pledged 25 million euros to finance the complete restoration of Rome’s historic Colosseum, and the brand donated this exclusive private tour of the architectural wonder, led by an experienced archeologist. As well as gaining a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest and most famous buildings, Tod’s also sponsored a made-to-order pair of their Gommino Club signature moccasin driving shoes.
Lot #3 Sovereign Art Foundation: Love Me Tender by Dongi Lee (2014)
Donated by the Sovereign Art Foundation, a Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged children though art, this abstract painting by Korean pop artist Dongi Lee was inspired by the Elvis Presley song, Love Me Tender.
Lot #4 Supremely luxurious accommodation for two in the Marco Polo Suite at The Peninsula Hong Kong, including Rolls-Royce transfer, helicopter tour, pink Champagne breakfast and “Pretty in Pink” spa treatment
The city’s Grande Dame, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been setting the bar for luxurious hospitality since 1928, and this remarkable package gives two lucky guests the chance to experience the hotel at its very best. With highlights including accommodation for two in the plush Marco Polo Suite, transfers in one of The Peninsula’s famous Rolls-Royces and a spectacular helicopter tour of the city, this is Hong Kong’s high life at its most blissfully indulgent.
Lot #5 Two-day educational experience at L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels on the Place Vendôme and high jewellery atelier tour, including Cathay Pacific business class return flights for two to Paris and accommodation at The Peninsula Paris
Founded by legendary jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels in 2012, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels was set up to offer an unrivalled firsthand insight into the secretive worlds of jewellery and watchmaking. This two-day educational tour of the Place Vendôme institution allows visitors to experience firsthand some of the highly specialised techniques and exceptional craftsmanship that goes into creating the maison’s exquisite pieces, as well as the opportunity to sample the impeccable hospitality at the newly opened Peninsula Paris.
Lot #6 Ralph Lauren Pink Alligator Ricky Bag
Named in honour of Ralph Lauren’s wife, Ricky Lauren, the elegant Ricky Bag is one of the iconic American brand’s most sought-after accessories. Crafted by hand over 12 hours, the bag is fashioned from high-quality materials such as python, burnished calf, ostrich and alligator, and is instantly recognisable thanks to its signature lock.
Lot #7 Moussaieff Butterfly Brooch
Donated by Moussaieff, the London-based gem purveyor which is regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in the world of fine jewellery, this stunning butterfly brooch is comprised of a 12.43-carat morganite body, and wings made of carved greyish blue jadeite embellished with 8.69 carats of pink diamonds, blue diamonds, green diamonds and white diamonds mounted in 18-karat white gold.
Lot #8 0155 Series Desire Scenery by Qin Feng
With fêted solo exhibitions from Switzerland and New York to Hong Kong and Berlin, Qin Feng is a widely acclaimed Chinese contemporary painter and installation artist. This unique abstract work, donated by the artist, is part of his Desire Scenery series on display at The Peninsula Beijing, and depicts woman as an arbiter of harmony and peaceful change in the world.
“Pink is the colour of unconditional love and compassion,” said Ms Rainy Chan, Regional Vice President of The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong, “so I cannot think of a better theme for our fundraising gala. The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry’s unwavering dedication to genetic screening, consultation and research has helped many families to prevent and to cure this disease. We are proud to be supporting such a meaningful cause, and we owe our donors and partners a great debt of gratitude for their generous support to The Peninsula’s inaugural Pink Tie Gala.”
Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to The Peninsula for making the evening such a success. “Working with The Peninsula is indeed special to the Registry,” said Dr Kwong. “The Peninsula Group is very much known as a family-oriented company, and this makes the hotel the perfect partner for The Registry as we not only look after the patient but also the family members who are indirectly affected. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank, on behalf of all our patients and their families, the team at The Peninsula Hotel for their unfailing support and kindness.”
As a poignant and prominent reminder of both the Pink Tie Gala and the cause it is in aid of, The Peninsula’s famous forecourt fountain will be illuminated by a pink glow until 31 October 2015. Visible to guests and passersby alike, the rose-hued display will be complemented by two spotlights that will project the Peninsula in Pink logo onto the façade of the hotel’s main tower.