Dance to charity's tune

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 October, 2004, 12:00am

Witches, pirates, Indian princesses and even an English honour guard turned up at the Harilela residence in Kowloon Tong for an exotic costume dinner for the annual Royal Over-Seas League charity function.

The buffet dinner earlier this month attracted more than 60 guests and raised money for the Hong Kong Ballet. Although the event is traditionally hosted by Hari Harilela, this year the honours went to his son, Aron Harilela, because his father was on a business trip.

The festivities were dutifully recorded by a film crew from the Discovery Channel, who were in town for the shooting of their Lonely Planet: Six Degrees 2 programme. Special guest for the night, writer Nury Vittachi, introduced Lonely Planet host Toby Aimes to Tiana and Aron Harilela. The Harilelas later introduced Aimes to Lan Kwai Fong and horse racing, as part of the television programme.

The night included an appearance by dancers from the Hong Kong Ballet, who were in attendance for the announcement of the best dancer award.

Guests included Tony Cantin and Betty Mak from the Canadian Consulate; Matthew Olmsted; artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet, Stephen Jefferies; John J. Ying, managing director of iVentures; Hong Kong Ballet programme manager Wong Mei Yee; Jana and Sajjid Pasha; and singer Marjorie Mullins, who has just returned from a session at the Rainbow Room in New York.