AMTD Group and AMTD Foundation Jointly Host the 4th amfAR Gala Hong Kong with amfAR
On March 26, AMTD Group, AMTD Foundation and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) jointly hosted the 4th amfAR Gala Hong Kong at the Shaw Studios in Tseung Kwan O. Following the 8th annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles and 3rd amfAR Gala Hong Kong which were held in October and March respectively in 2017, this is the third time that AMTD Group has supported amfAR’s gala dinner. Mr. Calvin Choi, Chairman and President of AMTD Group also served as the event co-chair of the 4th amfAR Gala Hong Kong.
As the world’s largest AIDS research organization, amfAR holds series of world renowned public benefit activities across cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Milan and Hong Kong etc. every year and raises charitable donations with active support and participation of celebrities as well as evokes the concern on AIDS prevention through all circles of the society. These events aim to raise fund through charitable dinner and auction leveraging on the influence and motivation from celebrities. The donations raised via this gala are dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. With the efforts of AMTD Group, AMTD Foundation and amfAR, the event raised several millions of US dollars for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.
AMTD Group has always been committed to the value of giving back to the society and upholding its social responsibility in the community and has provided strong support for amfAR in the past two years. Led by Vice Chairman of AMTD Group and Chairman of AMTD Foundation Mr. Marcellus Wong, Chief of Staff of AMTD Group and Vice Chairman of AMTD Foundation Mr. Sin Yat-kin, Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Philip Yau, Chief Strategy Officer Mr. Ros Lam, CEO of Capital Market & Advisory Services Dr. Frederic Lau, Head of Insurance Brokerage and Risk Solutions Mr. Sidney Ku, Head of Compliance & Controls Mr. Christopher Ching, and Head of Research Ms. Michelle Li attended the event. In addition, AMTD Foundation bid for artwork “Chum” by KAWS at the price of US$500,000 in support of AIDS Research and amfAR’s operations. KAWS is an American contemporary artist and is the honouree of this year’s event. The fund raised will be used in AIDS education and promotion projects.
In the Gala dinner, amfAR presented awards to Mrs. Cathy Lee, goodwill ambassador of the Chi Heng Foundation and the wife of Mr. Martin Lee, as well as KAWS, famous American artist and designer, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the fight against AIDS around the globe. The award presentation ceremony was witnessed by amfAR Caring Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, famous model Shanina Shaik, Grammy Award-winning pop singer Kylie Minogue, Grammy Award-nominated Singer and lyricist Tove Lo, Korean actor Choi Si-won, and Co-Chair of amfAR, Jeff Koons.
This Fundraising gala receives full support from local and overseas artists in entertainment industry and renowned public figures. The guests present include renowned figures in the financial sector. Ms. Pansy Ho, Honorary Chair of amfAR Gala Hong Kong, Group Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Shun Tak Holdings and one of the most influential businesswomen in the world, her sister Ms. Daisy Ho, Chairman of SJM Holdings and Ms. Maisy Ho attended the event. Other influential figures include Mr. Brian Li, Member of CPPCC National Committee and Deputy Chief Executive of Bank of East Asia; Ms. Winnie Chiu, President of Dorsett Hospitality International; Mr. and Mrs. Paulo Pong, Founder and Managing Director of Altaya Group; Mr. Guy Bradley, CEO of Swire Properties, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sun, Deputy Chairman of China-Hong Kong Photo Products Holdings and the heir of Kowloon Motor Bus Founder Mr. and Mrs. James Louey Lei, as well as Mrs. Victoria Tang-Owen, President of The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association. The guests from entertainment industry include Korean actor Choi Si-won; the former member of Korean girls group SNE, Jessica Jung, Taiwanese Actor Wu Chun and famous film actress Rosamund Kwan and American Fine Jewellery Designer Lorraine Schwarts.
AMTD Group has always been committed to the value of giving back to the society and upholding its social responsibility in the community. Apart from supporting amfAR, AMTD Group continues to promote corporate social responsibility, support philanthropist events, social work and educational activities and care for the vulnerable groups to serve the public welfare. In execution, AMTD Group established AMTD Foundation aiming to promote education locally and globally, eliminate poverty and help people in need. Meanwhile, in order to make contributions to the sustained development of the society, AMTD Group is the strategic partner associate of the World Economic Forum and an official member of UN Global Compact.