Latin ball to raise RM500,000

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 19 Oct 2019

(From left) Oei, Lim, Zeiner, Chiam, Teh, Chai and Dr Yin at the press conference on Latin Ball 2019.

PUT on your best suit or dress and salsa away at Latin Ball 2019.

The anticipated “Biggest Charity Ball” will provide guests an opportunity to experience Latino culture at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur on Nov 29.

The event is organised by the Latin Women’s Association of Malaysia (LWAM) which has been connecting the Iberian American community in Malaysia since 1969.

Speaking at a press conference, LWAM chairman Gisele Zeiner said, “Our association has been encouraging friendships and supporting local charities throughout the years.

“In conjunction with our 50th anniversary, this ball will be the ‘golden’ edition. This is the 12th ball we have organised, ” she added.

Also present were Aureo Gallery founder and chief executive officer Serena Chiam, Aureo Gallery managing director (China) Richie Chai and M.A.C Clinic medical director Dr Yin Keat Hew.

They hope for 1,000 attendees at the ball which is the association’s main annual fundraising event.

This year, LWAM has collaborated with Extraordinary People Impacting Communities Homes (Epic Homes) to build 10 houses for the Orang Asli with proceeds from the annual ball.

Epic Homes founder and chief executive officer Johnson Oei said the houses would be built in villages around Peninsular Malaysia either in Selangor, Perak or Pahang.

“We will build within the areas which adhere to their own cultural practices, ” added Oei.

With a RM500,000 target for the cause, various items will be auctioned at the Latin Ball Silent Auction.

One of the items is a painting by South Korean artist Kim Il Tae.

Aureo Gallery co-founder and managing director Michael Teh said Tae’s paintings were made from 24-karat gold.

“He is the first and only artist in the world to use gold in his canvas. It is the purest form of gold, blending it with natural oils and glue of his own mixture. It is painted using tools such as fork, chisel and knife, ” said Teh.

An artwork worth RM100,000 by Ryan San, a notable artist from Hong Kong, is also for auction at the event.

San and his team will also do a live painting show using two colours – black and gold – which are also the theme of LWAM’s 50th anniversary.

Zeiner said the ball would kick off with a fashion show featuring clothes designed by Limkokwing University students.

Limkokwing University branding, creativity and talent development vice-president Datuk Tiffanee Marie Lim said the project would showcase fashion inspired by Latin culture.

Promising to throw the best party in Kuala Lumpur until the wee hours, Zeiner said the ball would be a presentation of Latin America from its food and decoration to performances.

Guests can also expect to be entertained with “La Hora Loca” or “The Crazy Hour” in Spanish at the ball.

“You will feel a little bit of being a Latino, ” Zeiner promised.

“There will also be live bands from Singapore, an international DJ, Latin-inspired shows and two other surprise performances which will be unveiled at the ball.”

Tickets are priced at RM500 (members) and RM550 (non-members).

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