Category: Fundraising

“Peace through Music Charity Concert – “A Night at the Movies”- March 28, 2013″

The Rotary Club of Bangkok held a most memorable event – Rotary Club of Bangkok proudly presents the Mercedes-Benz Peace through Music Charity Concert – “A Night at the Movies” featuring the Bangkok Charity Orchestra – on Thursday, 28 March 2013.  The event not only celebrated Rotary’s theme of “Peace through Service” but the entire net proceeds will be donated for the benefit of community related projects under the patronage of the Rotary Club of Bangkok, the 1st club in Thailand and to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok.

The Rotary Club of Bangkok is currently involved in humanitarian projects such as Home-Based HIV/AIDS Care Programme, Adopt a School, Clean Water Systems for rural schools, Renovation of Flooded School Library, Scholarships for under privileged students, Training English Teachers, providing healthcare equipment to hospitals, Unsung heroes and Reforestation.  

The “Peace through Music Charity Concert” was held in the beautiful setting of the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok for an audience of 600 persons. The concert was themed ” A Night at the Movies”, featuring the Bangkok Charity Orchestra with special guest singers – Rose Sirinthip, Lookpong AF4, Mint Jiramaneekul and Kru Big.  The Bangkok Charity Orchestra (BCO) is the first orchestra to be committed to raising funds for charities in Thailand. It is established with the aims to support well respected charities as well as to promote classical music in Thailand while being a platform for aspiring musicians to perform to a high standard. The orchestra consists of talented musicians, both music professionals and experienced amateurs. The orchestra is directed by Chulayuth Lochotinan, a conductor who had been involved with several fund raising concerts in the United Kingdom. BCO is one of the Thomson Reuters Community Champion Award 2011 winners.

The evening began with a welcome reception in the Garden Lounge and Grand Ballroom pre-function area between 6 PM to 7.30 PM.  Guests enjoyed Assorted Sushi, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Wagyu Beef, Dim Sum and Pasta among other dishes served with white and red wine. The guests then entered the Grand Ballroom for the first performance of 45 minutes.

After the opening address by President Kallaya Leeissarapong, guests were treated to an assortment of famous movie themes such as Les Miserables, Forrest Gump, Evita, Notting Hill and Cinema Paradiso.

During the intermission, guests enjoyed a Grand Dessert Buffet with Cherry Jubilee served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate and Banana Crepes, Mango with Sticky Rice and much more, with Tea and Coffee in the foyer and Garden Lounge.

The second performance was equally impressive starting with Mission Impossible followed by the themes of Titanic, Scent of a Woman, Schindler’s List and Pirates of the Caribbean. There was also a special cameo performance from Rotarian Suchart Mahantakhun from the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and a duet from two blind performers on Saxophone and Piano. Chulayuth Lochotinan orchestrated the evening perfectly and cleverly linked each theme song, introducing the guest performers with a mixture of wit and charm.

Tickets for the event were sold for Baht 2000 nett per person. We sold 406 tickets and 185 tickets were given to sponsors. Income generated from sponsors amounted to Baht 1,500,000 and Baht 812,000 was raised from ticket sales, generating total revenue of Baht 2,312,000. With expenses of around Baht 900,000, we managed to raise net proceeds of Baht 1.4 million.

This event would not have been possible without the valuable support of sponsorship. We are grateful to our title sponsor, Mercedes-Benz, our Diamond sponsor, Harley-Davidson, our Gold sponsors – Cyber Dict, Pro-Search, B.Grimm, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly and our Silver sponsors – Seacon Home, Dental Poly Clinic, Arnoma Hotel, Thanachart Bank, Wissen & Co. Ltd., and PP Ateeb Maskati.  We are also grateful for the support in kind from Bangkok Post, Post Today, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Berri Estates and Robinson Piano.

Special thanks should also be extended to PP Linda Cheng for her tireless work in organizing the logistics on the night, Rotarian Nippita for being the Emcee and to all the Rotary Club of Bangkok volunteers and Rotaractors who gave their time to usher and assist during the event.

In summary, it was a splendid and truly memorable evening enjoyed in the true Rotarian spirit. It was a credit to the Rotary Club of Bangkok and to the organizing committee and entertainers who worked hard to make the night possible.


Fundraising Director

Rotary Club of Bangkok 2012-13

April 4, 2013

“Peace through Music Charity Concert – “A Night at the Movies”- March 28, 2013"

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March 28, 2013 – Fundraising concert of Rotary Club of Bangkok

Peace Through Music Charity Concert “A Night at the Movies” by Chulayuth Lochotinan and the Bangkok Charity Orchestra at Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.
The event started at 6 pm.  Door open at 6.45 and the concert started at 7.35 pm.  The tickets were sold out therefore we had close to  600 people at the concert.  (excluding 130 musicians and singers).
Introduced by the charming guest MC Liza Sadler, the very energetic and talented Conductor Chulayuth with the BCO and his guest singers, took us through varieties of movies themes old and new.  He also surprised us with special songs from his guest singers and guest sololists (very good surprised!).
His guests of the night were:
– Rose Sirinthip – Colours of the Wind, Leaving on a Jet Plane, If We Hold on
– Mint Jiramaneekul  – La Vie en Rose, Someone Like You
– Lookpong AF 4 – My Heart will go on, Way Back into Love
– Kru Big Thanat Thunyaharn – She, I believe I can fly, Way Back into Love
– Sreewan Wathawanthana -guest Violinist
– Suchart Mahuntakhum – What a Wonderful World
– Yongsit Yongkamol and Ubolwan Piakaew- Saxophonist, Pianist
The concertmaster, Piyaphob Karoonyavanich also surprised us with his violin solo.
The concert ended at 10.15 pm

Serenity Siam-The Night of Orchestra and Songs Concert

Fund-raising Concert Project: April 5, 2012

“Serenity Siam- The Night of Orchestra and Songs Concert”

The Rotary Club of Bangkok presented a memorable event Serenity Siam – The Night of Orchestra and Songs – to celebrate the 7th cycle, 84th birthday of our beloved King and raised 2.3 million baht for HM’s royal projects and benefit of community related projects under the Rotary Club of Bangkok.

The Serenity Siam – The Night of Orchestra and Songs concert was performed on April 5, 2012 – a Thursday evening – in the beautiful setting of the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. It was a 90-minute program of which the first 45 minutes were a tribute to HM’s compositions and another 45 minutes were music from Phantom of the Opera. The performance was by 60 artists from Mahidol University College of Music. The orchestra was performed by 40-artist band while 20-member choir sang beautifully. The audience was very happy and amazed with the talents that these students demonstrated. The concert has proven that with dedication and effort, Thailand can have an outstanding orchestra and choir homegrown.

Thanks are given to Associate Professor Dr Sugree Chareonsook, Dean of the College of Music Mahidol University and Music Director of Thailand Philharmonic Pop Orchestra, who had guided and made this orchestra and choir a masterpiece of the Thai musical world. Also special thanks to Major Prateep Suphanrojn MA BA LRSM-Conductor, Khun Nusamol Jongprakitpong – Project Coordinator, Khun Poltarayuth Tippayuth – Music Coordinator and Khun Jinda Samroeng – Band Coordinator.

The amount of 2.2 million baht raised from our sponsors came from the following: Bangkok Bank as our title sponsor for 1 million baht, Siam Commercial Bank as Gold sponsor for 300,000 baht, and 11 Silver sponsors of 100,000 baht each from: A-Team Tyre Co. Ltd, Asian Phytoceutical PCL, B .Grimm Joint Venture Holding Ltd, Berli Jucker PCL, Cyberdict Technology Ltd, Phraram 3 Honda Car Co,.Ltd.; PTT Public Company Ltd, Standard Char- tered Bank (Thailand), and Thailand Tobacco Monopoly.

Also we have received great support from Bangkok Post and Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and Mahidol University, College of Music for which we give our sincere thanks.

For sponsorships, we would like to recognize the strong support from President Chamnong and Dr Tarisa Watanagase, Rtn. Dr. Charles Cheung, Rtn. Harald Link, Rtn. Kiat.Tangtrongsakdi and Rtn. Surah Shewaruksakul.

We sold 478 tickets and 179 tickets were given to sponsors. As a result close to 600 persons attended the concert. It was a very warm and enjoyable night with very good food, beautiful flowers and a very well set up ballroom making a great complement for the excellent music and songs.

The tickets sales were successful due to the support of the following Rotarians and friends: President Chamnong Watanagase and friends 85 tickets, Rtn. Abdulla Alawadi 30 tickets, PP Uwe Warncke 20 tickets. Books of 10 tickets sold went to: PP Chitti Dansubutra, PP Churairat Panyarachun, PP Linda Cheng, PP Anucha Burapachaisri, Rtn. Carol Hsiao- Chi Pan, Rtn. Chiemi Svensson, Rtn. Chartchai Pladisai, PE Kallaya Leeissarapong, Rtn. Kamol Asavasatitporn, Rtn. Nippita Pakdeetanakul, Rtn. Suraphon Kittiwet. Rtn. Vongthip Chumpani.

In addition to our own Rotarians, we received warm support from friends namely TISCO, Khun Vichai Benjarongkul, Khun Jomsap Lochaya, P Electric Bangna, Thai Sugar Mill, S&D and Rotary club of Charoen Nakorn.

Additional income for this event came from PP Ateeb R. Maskati for his generous contribution of 50,000 Baht to our fund.

Special thanks is given to Rtn. Richard Greaves and his hardworking team from Grand Hyatt Erawan for helping design and printing the tickets, posters, advertisements and program books and for arranging the venue to be an excellent place for orchestra and songs. Also thanks to Rtn. Santi Songsermsawas for assistance in promoting event through Sakultthai and through ensuring photographic record of the event.

There is one person whose help we must not forget to mention – our efficient club secretary, Khun Mae Mrs. Maekawan Sripraiwalsupakit who had devoted herself for this function. She had served the committee without complaints, always willing to help and helped making this function a successful one. She had reached beyond her duty by selling many tickets as well.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Rotarian members and friends once again for making this event a very successful one. Without you we could not possibly achieve this purpose of doing good for our beloved King, our community and our country, Thailand




The Vienna Mozart Trio Gala Concert

The Vienna Mozart Trio Gala Concert was held on Wednesday,October 21, 2009 in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, in front of an audience of 600 music lovers.

The internationally renowned Vienna Mozart Trio is comprised of the Auner family: Irina (piano), Daniel (violin) and Diethard (Cello). Their repertoire includes works by Haydn, Brahms, Schirk and Schumann.

The Trio is one of a small group of ensembles known in virtually all the important music centres around the world. In the 18 years of its existence the trio has performed in the most spectacular concert halls of Europe and Asia, including the Sala Verdi in Milan, Wigmore Hall in London, Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and Viennese Konzerthaus. [Biographies of the members are attached.]

As the Auners are not bound with any orchestra or formal group, they are artistically “free” to be musically unconventional. In this way they have introduced international audiences to a wide variety of epochs, styles and genres, ranging from the great Viennese classics to the present day.

The evening began at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by the first recital at 7.30 pm. During the intermission a sumptuous dessert buffet was served.

Judging by the smiles on all the guests’ faces, the evening was a grand success and everybody enjoyed themselves tremendously.

A big thanks to all the organisers who contributed to making this evening so wonderful.

Love is Sharing 2

Rotary Club of Bangkok and Love is Co. presented “Love is Sharing 2” Concert on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Paragon Hall.

“The Love is Sharing II was a great success with funds over 2.4 million Baht raised of which 888,888 Baht was presented to the HRH Princess Srindhorn’s Education Fund, 800,000 Baht donated to the Chaiyapruek Foundation to improve the Chaiyapruek Children’s Home and remaining funds for the Rotary Club of Bangkok’s community projects.

Big thank you to all the generous sponsors and enthusiastic fans who have come to support this great event which lasted until past midnight!”

The Jazz King Royal Album and Concert

It is a proud and joyful moment for all of us that “The Jazz King” CD of His Majesty’s musical compositions performed by jazz icon Larry Carlton and the all-star jazz musicians reached #1 on the CD Warehouse top 25 chart in the international category as well as topping other music charts in Thailand! The Sunday afternoon concert on January 28, 2007 at Bec Tero Hall was truly magical and the audience of 3000 persons, in a sea of yellow, just fantastic in their appreciation! Moreover, the presence of over 800 Rotarians, family and friends made it a truly special Rotary event!

For the Rotary Club of Bangkok, planting the seed of this noble project and seeing the fruit is the realization of a dream! We timed “The Jazz King” to signify the special double celebration for HM the King that marks the confluence of the 60th Anniversary year of His Majesty’s ascension to the throne in 2006 with the 80th Birthday Anniversary celebration this year of HM the King. The Rotary Club of Bangkok is humbly grateful for the gracious permission granted by HM the King to commission The Jazz King project. As HM is the Royal Patron of Rotary in Thailand, the success of this project has much significance for Rotarians in Thailand.

In particular, “The Jazz King” is a humanitarian project that serves to recognize HM’s great contributions to the nation and to humbly contribute all of the net proceeds to the Royal Project Foundation of HM the King for the welfare and benefit of the hill tribes.

The following humanitarian Objectives have been achieved and will be further pursued:

  1. From 21,500 CDs sold to date, net proceeds realized are Baht 2,038,250.
  2. Separately, net proceeds realized from the Bec Tero concert is also over Baht 2,000,000.
  3. In addition to the ongoing revenue from CD sales, a new DVD release based on the concert is planned. Permission is also being requested for the international release of the album in North America.
  4. As a result of “The Jazz King” project, the Royal Project Foundation separately organized “The Royal Jazz Dinner” on the evening of January 28 at the Government House jointly hosted by the Prime Minister. HRH the Crown Prince was the guest of honor. This exclusive private concert raised substantial additional funds for the Royal Project Foundation.
  5. It has been ascertained in our discussion with the Royal Project Foundation that the funds will be utilized for the construction of a primary school for the hill tribes. In addition, funds would be utilized for research and development that would help raise the income generation and standard of living of the hill tribes.
  6. Rotary Club of Bangkok arranged complimentary tickets to the concert for 250 students of music from Mahidol, Silapakorn, Rangsit and Chulalongkorn Universities. To enable them to listen and appreciate HM’s music arranged and played in the new style by the world famous jazz musicians.

The following Rotary PR Objectives were achieved:

  1. All CDs being sold to the public bears the logo of RI and name of Rotary Club of Bangkok. It is mentioned that this project was jointly commissioned by the Royal Project Foundation of HM the King and the Rotary Club of Bangkok, adding to Rotary’s prestige in the eyes of Thai people. The CD is granted the gracious permission by HM the King to utilize the 60th Anniversary royal emblem logo.
  2. Every CD has a special booklet insertion that also has a write-up and explanation about Rotary and that all net proceeds are being contributed for the welfare of the hill tribes.
  3. A special 4 minute Rotary VTR was prepared in Thai language and shown to the audience of 3000 persons at the concert. The VTR was also shown at the press conference launch of The Jazz King CD.
  4. The Jazz King charity concert and CD launch was widely promoted on television, radio, print media and billboards for two months. The Rotary logo and name were always highlighted.
  5. Rotarians led by President Ateeb, Rtn. Suraphol, Rtn. Chamnong and PP Dr. Jiraporn were all separately interviewed by the media. President Ateeb appeared on television morning talk show, TATV and Radio Thailand.
  6. A separate website was set-up and link to Rotary.
  7. Over 2000 leaflets of Rotary were specially prepared and distributed at the Concert.

The final outcome of The Jazz King project took over one year in the making. It required 10 million baht of investment not including the sponsorships in kind. I sincerely thank all our partners and sponsors and the support of the Rotary Team who have contributed so greatly to make this dream come true!

Ateeb Maskati
President 2006-07
Rotary Club of Bangkok
February 13, 2007

Jorg Demus

A diverse audience gave a very warm welcome to the celebrated Austrian pianist Jorg Demus, who proceeded to impress them with an extraordinary performance at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok. Demus, now in his late seventies, grew up in a musical family, and has been performing around the world since his concert debut ...

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