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A Dazzling Evening – The Center’s Annual Auction Fundraiser Gala 

On October 27, 2023, The Community Services Center (The Center) hosted their Annual Auction Fundraiser Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Mandarin’s bedazzling scenery of chandeliers and elegant accessories perfectly complemented the Gala’s theme of ‘Glitz & Glamour’.

The dress code provided guidance for guests to bring on the glitter, sequins and bling, and was open for imagination. The guests definitely put the glam into glamour!

A Dazzling Evening

There were many elements added to the Gala to make it Glitz & Glamour; special mentions include a golden curtain photowall with diamond balloons and props provided by SuperParty, gold sequin table settings, gem and diamond themed games, feathery and elegant flowers on the stage and tables, two glamorous entertainers and much more. Additionally, this year The Center successfully digitalized the self-check in system and silent auction. The Centers staff worked diligently to create a system where guests could simply check in, bid on a silent auction item or check if they won by scanning a QR code with their phone. Thank you to all of the hardworking volunteers and staff that helped make The Center’s Annual Auction Fundraiser Gala a night to remember.

The Extravaganza

It was a night full of excitement, laughing, mystery and excitement! The Gala started off with a digitized self check-in system, and guests were welcome to a glass of sparkly prosecco and refreshments. Guests were free to wander around and take photos at our glamorous photo wall, play games and buy raffle tickets, and start bidding with our digital bidding system. The most popular items were spirits, wines, and experiences. Fun fact– the highest bid on an item was for the Empress Hot Sauce, congratulations to the winner!

Once guests were ushered to their seats, the 6 course dinner began and the very talented MC Blake Pattenden and the Auctioneer Julian Thornbury began the live auction. The excitement of each bid in the live auction item rippled through each guest as the auctioneer walked through the crowd and engaged and bantered with guests. Some of the live auction items included a custom made pawtrait, a high-end whisky tasting experience, a dinner package at the American Club Taipei, and a mysterious golden box that helped The Center raise funds in support of our mission.

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Mystery Box

As is our tradition, when the raffle closed, we pulled two tickets on stage for some of our most prestigious prizes; a second mystery golden box and a stay at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets this year, we had record breaking sales. A special shout out to our Raffle Donors {Insert Link for Raffle Donors}, this couldn’t have been done without each and every one of them.

Live entertainment

To top off the night, we had live entertainment, Jonathan Linton Music, who set the mood to dance the night away.

Why The Gala?

This Gala is a fundamental part of how The Center is able to continue to put on the activities, counseling services, and resources they provide to uplift the international and third culture communities in Taiwan all year long. The best part is that, The Center gets to give back by organizing a fabulous night for all.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to congratulate Ivy Chen for receiving our Community Leadership Award and Dr. Hang for receiving the Corporate Community Service Award this year, and thank you and farewell to our lovely retiring board members, Yvonne Kwauk and Juchi Tang, The Center is blessed to have had you on their board. We would like to thank our guests, volunteers, and staff for making this gala as special as it could be. And a very special thanks to our donors {insert link to donors page}, our Gala would not be possible without you! A special note and thank you to Kenneth Hu and Cahleen Hudson for being our outstanding photographers that helped us capture many dazzling moments during the Gala. Click this link for the photos

By Elly Andrews 

Elly Andrews is the event coordinator assistant at The Center. She is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, majoring in marketing with a special interest in sustainability. To broaden her experience, she moved to Taiwan for 5 months.

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