“Music can bring people together and create happiness in any circumstances,” said celebrated tenor Warren Mok at the Gala Dinner to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Young Executives Club.
Attendees at this glamorous event were treated to performances from Mok along with other performers and the Children Chorus from Opera Hong Kong, and musicians from the Hong Kong String Orchestra.
“Young Executives represent a significant part of Hong Kong’s present and most importantly, future,” said Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy and the guest of honour at the event. “They have the responsibility to drive the development of the city on the global stage. I would like to express my appreciation to YEC for their excellent work over the past five years.”
Chamber Chairman Aron Harilela noted how the club has grown in the past five years to its 600-strong membership today, and its role in helping the city’s young executives connect and develop their skills. “It’s wonderful to see such a full house of young members and guests this evening, which creates an atmosphere of fun and energy,” he said.
The celebratory dinner was themed “A Night at the Opera” and transported guests back to the golden age of opera with its themed decorations and backdrop design. Throughout the course of the evening, the guests enjoyed mesmerizing performances of some well-known tunes including Puccini’s Nessum Dorma from Turandot and Verdi’s Brindinsi from La Traviata.
Participants were also encouraged to dress up for the event, either in 19th century costume or contemporary black tie, and they also had fun during the evening bidding for goodies in the “silent auction.”
Eric Fok, Chairman of YEC and a founding member of the club, said that he was thrilled to mark the club’s fifth anniversary with such a great event. “The club’s achievements were not built overnight and it has been the combined efforts of all of our members that have made the club such a success.”
In her closing remarks, Olivia Kung, Chairman of the Gala Dinner Organizing Committee, thanked all the sponsors as well as the YEC members who had been working together since March to organize the dinner.
And as a perfect finale to this cultural celebration, mezzo-soprano Carol Lin from Opera HK brought the evening to a close with a beautiful rendition of Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen.
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