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CASANOVA CARES

HONG KONG CANCER FUND, ARTISTREE; MARCH 1
Casanova's venice was the theme chosen by the Hong Kong Cancer Fund for its annual ball on March 1 at a completely transformed ArtisTree, which rivalled any palazzo in scale and splendour. Those Venetian

CASANOVA CARES

HONG KONG CANCER FUND, ARTISTREE; MARCH 1
Casanova’s venice was the theme chosen by the Hong Kong Cancer Fund for its annual ball on March 1 at a completely transformed ArtisTree, which rivalled any palazzo in scale and splendour. Those Venetian masks, no doubt impulsively acquired on past trips to the Italian capital of romance, came to good use on the evening – but, faces obscured or not, guests truly pulled out all the stops, proudly displaying finery that ranged from silk cravats to towering wigs and everything in between.
One of the society calendar’s top affairs comes with the promise of a good time and, naturally, proceedings kicked off a little late amid all the mingling and clinking of champagne glasses – but they kicked off with a bang in the form of a spirited, medieval-meets-modern rendition of “Rock Me Amadeus”. Geoff Wong showed up for the 17th year running to narrate the evening, introducing Cancer Fund founder and chairwoman Sally Lo, whose speech seemed particularly poignant this year, revealing the recent diagnosis of both her husband and longtime housekeeper with cancer. Her intention wasn’t to sober the audience, but instead to rally them to party with a purpose, the enduring unofficial slogan of the event, and to give to a cause for which she herself has given so much time, money and heart. As such, there were various mechanisms to engage support, from instant donation “pledging machines” to raffle-ticket sales to the auction, whose top prize was an exclusive trip to Paris Fashion Week with the ball’s title sponsor, Louis Vuitton. On the entertainment side, a vocally adept Casanova serenaded the crowd, a series of acrobatic performances wowed and models strutted their stuff wearing Harry Winston’s newest high-jewellery collection. The clock had ticked well past midnight when the dance floor opened up and the disco tunes started playing, but having dined on fine Italian delights for the past few hours, most were still in high spirits and ready to bust some moves – the ball was far from over, and the party only just beginning.

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