A taste of India

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 December, 2004, 12:00am


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Hong Kong's movers and shakers turned out in force on Saturday for the Gateway to India ball, hosted by the Indian community to raise funds for the Community Chest charity.

The ballroom at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile was draped in luxurious fabrics in an east-meets-west theme. Those in attendance included members of the Harilela family (many of whom were involved in organising the event), Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Lawrence and Frances Yu, Patrick Siewert (group president of Coca Cola, South Asia), Elaine Zee and Yumiko Kuok. Indian Trading Group chairman Manu Melwani, of Sam's Tailor, was the organiser and chairman of the event.

HSBC's David Eldon arrived just in time to accept a cheque for more than $2 million on behalf of the Community Chest. Hari Harilela, title sponsor, thanked all those who helped make the event memorable. Highlights included a sumptuous Indian menu (each course boasted cuisine from a different part of India), and a fashion show featuring the creations of Bollywood designer Manav Gangwani, who recently completed the wedding trousseau for actress Raveena Tandon.

Organisers also flew in Wizcraft, a professional dance troupe from India, to entertain the crowds.