October 2008
First Anniversary Pistorio Foundation Singapopre Chapter Charity Dinner

Pistorio Foundation, Singapore Chapter, Anniversary Dinner Oct 30th 2008:
At the beautiful setting of il Lido restaurant in the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, the Pistorio Foundation held a 1-year anniversary dinner celebration and fundraiser for the Singapore chapter of the Foundation. The event was attended by members of the business and diplomatic community, and raised more than SGD 135,000 to go toward the foundation’s school infrastructure project and education scholarships in the hill tribe region of Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The activities of the evening included a ‘live’ auction of donated items such as weekend stays in boutique hotels in The Fort Printers, Sri Lanka & JIA Shanghai, Gio Monaco watches, Loro Piana fabric, suite weekend in Singapore’s Shangri La Hotel, one-of-of a kind gold and white jade earrings by Julinda Chia Morgan, Eye Thermage Treatment, Samsonite luggage, just to name a few. Also a key highlight of the evening was the ‘silent’ auction of a specially designed “Asian Red Bustier and Gown” donated by the Italian fashion house, La Perla.  The gown is made from silk faille, covered in lace and adorned with hundreds of Swarovski crystals, and was worn by well-known model and television celebrity, Denise Keller. During the auction, the 110 guests dined on a 4-course meal, elegantly prepared by and sponsored by il Lido, and wines sponsored by Denise Wines.  Popular TV & radio host, Vernetta Lopez, kindly provided her expertise as an energetic and lively Master of Ceremony for the evening. Also adding to the excitement and fun of the evening, was volunteer auctioneer, Eduard Peter, head of Deutsche Bank Asset Management Asia, who cajoled lively bidding amongst the guests.

The gala dinner was attended by a number of local and international celebrities and distinguished guests including the founder of the charity, Mr. Pasquale Pistorio, former CEO and President of STMicroelectronics for 25 years, Dr Loo Choon Yong , the Executive Chairman of Raffles Medical Group Limited, Chairman of Sentosa, and the Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and HE the Ambassador Folco de Luca Gabrielli and Mrs. De Luca Gabrielli, the President of the Italian Trade Commission Mr. Umberto Vattani from Italy, among others.

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Many thanks to the generous event partners of the Pistorio Foundation Anniversary Dinner fund-raiser: La Perla, il Lido, Denise Wines, Gio Monaco, Shangri La, Shufong Trading, JIA Hotel in Shanghai, The Fort Printers in Sri Lanka, Samsonite, Loro Piana, Pirelli, Celevenus, Santa Fe, AcquaPanna, Julinda Chia Morgan Jewelry, and Icon.  Additional sponsors of lucky draw items were Universal Wine Bar, Uluru Restaurant, Forlino, and Carrot Banana Peach clothing. Thanks also to our Platinum Sponsor STMicroelectronics, Gold Sponsors ParkwayLife REIT and Shufong Trading, and Silver Sponsor Italian Trade Commission.