The Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services (CECES) held its annual charity ball recently in the Grand Hyatt ballroom. The event, given the theme of Anna and the King, was timed to coincide with the new movie's release. Ladies of the organising committee came suitably dressed in hoop skirts designed by local designer Arthur Lam of Matador Couture. Although the movie's male star, Chow Yun-fat, could not attend, he kindly recorded a video message thanking everyone for supporting CECES. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yuen was guest of honour and, after the lucky draw for the raffle prize, the committee ladies performed a waltz. There was also a latin dance exhibition by Gaynor Fairweather and Mirko Saccani. More than $2 million was raised.