Tightening Thai-US friendship through CSR activity: Thai Embassy’s contribution to the Children’s Ball 2015 Auction
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities giving back to the Washington, D.C. communities, the Royal Thai Embassy contributed “A Taste of Thailand: Authentic Thai Dinner for 12 persons at the historic Thai ambassador’s residence” as one of the prizes in the Children’s Ball Auction, held earlier on 8 May 2015 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
As described in the Children’s Ball 2015 website, the winner of the prize would enjoy an opportunity to “Experience the sights, sounds and senses of Thailand—all in the Capital city of the United States. You and your 11 guests will enjoy a special Thai culinary experience hosted by Mr. Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, and his wife. You’ll arrive at Codman – Davis House, one of Washington’s listed on the National register of historic places on Decatur Place and be greeted by the Ambassador and his wife in the Receiving Room. Then, you’ll join them for an authentic Thai dinner served in the formal dining room. Each dish will be especially designed to reflect authenticity of Thai cuisine, desserts will be those which have been served for several hundreds of years from the Royal Court to ordinary homes of all Thais.
On that exciting night of the auction, Mr. A Scott Bolden, Partner of the Global Enforcement Group, Reed Smith, LLP, and his wife won the “A Taste of Thailand” prize at $5,000, more than twice of the setting FMV at $2,000.
With delight, Ambassador Pisan and Mrs. Wanchana Manawapat hosted a dinner in honor of Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott Bolden, Winner of 2015 Children’s Ball, and his guests at the Thai Residence on 23 June 2015.
Apart from delicious Thai authentic cuisine, including Tom Yum Lobster, Som Tum (papaya salad), Lab Gai (spicy minced chicken) and Thai southern sour curry with salmon as well as, American’s most favorite Thai dessert, Mango with Sticky Rice, all guests, including President of the Children’s National Health System, media and business CEOs, were also treated with a wonderful surprise of traditional Thai classical dances.
The Children’s Ball began in 2007 as the annual signature fundraising event for Children’s National Health System. Over the past eight years, the event has raised more than $19 million to support children and families. Funds raised at the Children’s Ball go directly to provide vital support the hospital needs to give the best treatment possible to every child.