Funds Raised Will Support the Work of The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry
Guests at THE PENINSULA HONG KONG were tickled pink on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 as the hotel hosted the inaugural PINK TIE FUNDRAISING GALA in support of the HONG KONG HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER FAMILY REGISTRY. An evening of high glamour and big-hearted generosity, the lavish affair saw many of Hong Kong’s influential society figures and best-known personalities stepping out to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.
Part of PENINSULA IN PINK, a charitable initiative in support of breast cancer charities that is now in its sixth year, the event was themed “The Art of Pink” and included an exclusive auction hosted by Christie’s Asia Pacific Chairman, François Curiel. This featured works of art, specially arranged VIP experiences and other enticing lots donated by generous sponsors, raising a total of HK$ 735,000 for the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.
Established in 2007, THE HONG KONG HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER FAMILY REGISTRY (hereinafter called “The Registry”) is a non-government charity organization dedicated to support the high risk breast cancer programme (HRBCP) in providing free access of genetic screening and consultation for the underprivileged, high-risk breast , ovarian and Prostate cancer patients and their families. The aim of The Registry is to advance and standardize clinical care for this high risk cancer group, in particular of the younger pre-menopausal age group, by formulating preventative measures through data collection, research, public education, counseling and supportive care services in Hong Kong.
Genetic counseling is an important aspect of genetic test. The Registry is dedicated to support health care professionals to be trained in genetic counseling so that guidance and coping skills could be shared with high risk individuals and families. Genetic test results will provide useful information about an individual’s cancer risk. The Registry is keen to support the underprivileged and their families in the HRBCP to undergo genetic testing for BRCA mutations with subsequent aim for intensive screening and to provide advice on preventive measures.
There is increasing data suggesting that certain clinicopathlogical and genetic features of breast cancer is ethnic specific. Research specific to Chinese/Asia population is designed to help improve the management of breast cancer in Asia by tailor-making it specifically to their needs. Collaborative research with international genetic registries will increase understanding of the ethnic differences in hereditary cancers. Through the public educational programs, The Registry promotes and strengthens the understanding of BRCA gene mutation in the local community. Vital information leaflets are produced and distributed to the public and health care professionals on hereditary breast cancer.
Over 80 guests attended the event, joining Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, and Ms Rainy Chan, Regional Vice President of The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong. Among those lending their support was special guest of the evening, the dashing actor Mr Michael Wong, who set the tone for the evening with a Sinatra-worthy performance of songs.
During the evening’s live auction, guests bid on the following eight exclusive, curated lots, which were generously sponsored by a select band of highly charitable donors.
LOT #1: PERRIER-JOUËT BELLE EPOQUE 1996 JEROBOAM
Renowned Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has been crafting wines of exceptional quality for more than two centuries. The Belle Epoque 1996 combines maturity and freshness in a surprising and exceptional illustration of the Perrier-Jouët style, while the jeroboam bottle is decorated with enameled anemones designed by Emile Gallé, one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement of the 1900s.
LOT #2: A private, archeologist-led tour of the Tod’s Group-sponsored Colosseum restoration in Rome, and a pair of made-to-order Gommino Club custom men’s driving shoes. As part of its commitment to preserving Italian culture, Tod’s Group has pledged 25 million euros to finance the complete restoration of Rome’s historic Colosseum, and the brand donated this exclusive private tour of the architectural wonder, led by an experienced archeologist. As well as gaining a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest and most famous buildings, Tod’s also sponsored a made-to-order pair of their Gommino Club signature moccasin driving shoes.
LOT #3: SOVEREIGN ART FOUNDATION: LOVE ME TENDER BY DONGI LEE (2014)
Donated by the Sovereign Art Foundation, a Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged children though art, this abstract painting by Korean pop artist Dongi Lee was inspired by the Elvis Presley song, Love Me Tender.
LOT #4: Supremely luxurious accommodation for two in the Marco Polo Suite at The Peninsula Hong Kong, including Rolls-Royce transfer, helicopter tour, pink Champagne breakfast and “Pretty in Pink” spa treatment
The city’s Grande Dame, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been setting the bar for luxurious hospitality since 1928, and this remarkable package gives two lucky guests the chance to experience the hotel at its very best. With highlights including accommodation for two in the plush Marco Polo Suite, transfers in one of The Peninsula’s famous Rolls-Royces and a spectacular helicopter tour of the city, this is Hong Kong’s high life at its most blissfully indulgent.
LOT #5: Two-day educational experience at L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels on the Place Vendôme and high jewelery atelier tour, including Cathay Pacific business class return flights for two to Paris and accommodation at The Peninsula Paris.
Founded by legendary jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels in 2012, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels was set up to offer an unrivaled firsthand insight into the secretive worlds of jewelery and watchmaking. This two-day educational tour of the Place Vendôme institution allows visitors to experience firsthand some of the highly specialized techniques and exceptional craftsmanship that goes into creating the maison’s exquisite pieces, as well as the opportunity to sample the impeccable hospitality at the newly opened Peninsula Paris.
LOT #6: RALPH LAUREN PINK ALLIGATOR RICKY BAG
Named in honor of Ralph Lauren’s wife, Ricky Lauren, the elegant Ricky Bag is one of the iconic American brand’s most sought-after accessories. Crafted by hand over 12 hours, the bag is fashioned from high-quality materials such as python, burnished calf, ostrich and alligator, and is instantly recognizable thanks to its signature lock. Continue reading