13 October 2013 (Suzhou, China) – Kempinski Hotel Suzhou and Chi Heng Charity Foundation held a themed charity ball on Saturday, 12 October 2013 in the hotel's elegant State Ballroom in support of children whose families have been impacted by AIDS. The families come from Anhui and Henan Provinces and over RMB170,000 was raised in their honour. The event was hosted by famous MC, He Jian, and attended by more than 120 of Suzhou and Shanghai’s affluent and influential patrons, who bid on almost every auction item available. In addition, artists from China, Germany and America performed at the ball, making the night both joyful and memorable. Two of the highlight live auction pieces, included a calligraphy piece from Qiu Shuang, the master at Hanshan Temple, one of the most prestigious temples in China, which sold for over RMB 50,000. The second piece was a painting by the renowned Chinese artist, Xue An Lun. The painting sold for over RMB 25,000. General Manager of Kempinski Suzhou, Gerhard Bosse’s vision for the charity ball was to give guests the opportunity to dress up and enjoy top-notch food and wine, while raising funds for children and their families. “Given how tough things are at the moment, I am really proud of our sponsors and clients for making the night a success. As a five-star hotel, we are always enthusiastic about charity programmes, as we see them as an opportunity to contribute something to society and build a philanthropic group that helps disadvantaged people. After seeing how successful this night was, I hope to go bigger and better for next year’s ball,” says Mr Bosse. “Chi Heng Foundation promises a long-term commitment to help children affected by AIDS. Not only helping to fund their educations, but also delivering dependable and comprehensive support. We give thanks to Kempinski Hotel Suzhou for organising this event, and we hope children grow up unashamed of their parents’ HIV status. We also hope they receive an education and develop a sense of social belongs,” said Duchong, Chairman of Chi Heng Foundation.
About the Chi Heng Foundation:
Founded in 1998, Chi Heng Foundation (CHF) is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Anhui and Henan. It is a non-governmental organisation whose programmes are funded by private donors, businesses and partner NGOs. “Chi Heng” means “wisdom in action” and since 2002, CHF has been visiting villages throughout central China to offer help to children with at least one parent who is living with or has died of HIV/AIDS. CHF provides care to AIDS orphans and to AIDS-affected children with living parents, thereby ensuring no child is excluded and each child’s needs are fully realised.
About Kempinski Hotel Suzhou:
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou is surrounded by the stunning Jinji and Dushu Lakes and is located in Suzhou Industrial Park. The hotel is adjacent to the 27-hole Jinji Lake International Golf Course, and is a 15 or 20-minute drive from key areas in Suzhou. Kempinski Hotel Suzhou has 458 guest rooms (48 sq. m) and suites (80 sq.m), uniquely designed restaurants and bars. In addition, the hotel has as an impressive selection of Meeting & Conference rooms, including a Grand Ballroom (1,850 sq. m), State Ballroom (630 sq. m) and eight multi-functional rooms.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
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