Society with James Whittle
The Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association held a circus-themed gala dinner in the ballroom of the Conrad Hotel to raise money to help pay for medication that can cost up to HK$8,000 per year. The event was attended by 280 wealthy philanthropists and raised HK$2.5 million through a raffle, silent auction, donations and activities such as opening a bottle of bubbly with a sabre. The silent auction included art pieces, yacht trips and a signed photo of boxing great Muhammad Ali. The highest bid of HK$110,000 was for a holiday to Mustique that was donated by an art gallery owner who wished to remain anonymous. The host, ringmaster Andrew Work, the CEO of The Harbour Times, kept the crowd under control with his imaginary whip and there were acrobats and a performance by 11-year-old piano prodigy Jahan Raymond. To learn more about the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association, go to hkjda.org
A rare old time
The field for this year's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Cup was announced at a gala event at The French Window in the IFC Mall recently. The HK$14 million Group One (the term for the highest level of stakes races) contest is open to gallopers from all over the world, and this year Audemars Piguet, the Swiss watchmaker that sponsors the 2,000-metre showpiece, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club invited Michelle Reis to act as ambassador. While most eyes were on the former actress and beauty queen, others were taken by the diamond-encrusted Audemars Piguet Millenary QEII Cup 2013 watch on her wrist - one of only 100 produced. The big race will be run on Sunday, April 28 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Men of steel
The Netherlands Consulate General of Hong Kong and Macao, Wilfred Mohr, threw open the doors of his charming two-storey colonial mansion to host a party for Dutch watchmaker TW Steel. And what a venue it is. With its wonderful gardens overlooking Aberdeen Country Park and a cannon nestled under two established trees in the property's northwest corner. Brand ambassadors include singer Kelly Rowland, former Formula One champion David Coulthard and IndyCar race driver Dario Franchitti.