Melodic mix

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 October, 2004, 12:00am

A rare blend of Motown and Canto-pop filled the Grand Foyer of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where a record 850 guests filed for the Foreign Correspondents' Club's annual charity ball.

Titled 'Just My Imagination', after the Temptations' hit, the event raised a record $2.34 million for the FCC/ Po Leung Kuk Scholarship Fund and the Kuk's new language training programme.

The Temptations performed live and were joined onstage by singers from the Po Leung Kuk Riverain Primary School and students from the FCC/Po Leung Kuk Scholarship Fund.

The surprise guest of the evening, however, was Canto-pop star Jacky Cheung Hok-yau. Cheung, a long-time supporter of the Kuk, performed three of his hits for diners, who included Kuk chairman Henry Tan, FCC president Matt Driskill, Mary Pandora Cheung Ma-li and Bianca Rinehart.

The fine music continued to match the evening's generosity, with jazz from Americans Zach Prather and the Jazbalaya Band, and Dennis Edwards, one of the original Temptations, performing a Motown finale with his successors.

Organisers say the funds raised at the ball will help underprivileged children attend colleges and universities, and enable youngsters to be biliterate and trilingual in Cantonese, Putonghua and English in the Kuk's language training programme.