WHAT A NIGHT! To say that our 5th Annual Stormys’ Charity Ball for the Hong Kong Sea School went well last Saturday night would be a colossal understatement. We not only had a fantastic turn out, an amazing food and drink spread, great weather, tons of dancing (Oh my the dancing!), but we also surpassed our goal of $250,000 HKD for the evening! This puts the total amount we’ve raised for the Sea School beyond $1 million HKD in the 5 years we have been hosting the ball.
Over $1 million.
Let that number sink in for a moment and you will understand how truly humbled we are by the level of generosity that decorated gymnasium has seen over the years. For those of you that couldn’t make it to the event (or those of you that attended and were… ahem… distracted by all the amazing food, drinks, and company), check out this video produced by our own Linda Kovarik highlighting why we host the ball each year.
Organizing this event gives us an opportunity to give back to the community. It allows us to show our appreciation for what local organizations like the Sea School accomplish all year long, while also letting us rub elbows with friends and fellow paddlers from a number of local teams.
The ball also gives us a chance to dress up and cut loose a little… ok, ok maybe more than a little!
With this year being one of the most successful we’ve ever had, a simple “thank you” to our guests and sponsors for their support of the event doesn’t even begin to cover our gratitude. None of it would be possible without you! And we would be remiss if we didn’t express our thanks to Tamby Chan (our MC for the evening) and DJ Gruv Derald Reynolds (the music man) for keeping us entertained and dancing all night.
This appreciation is also extended to the members of Stormys led by Cheryl Fender (organizing her 5th ball this year with the same enthusiasm she had for the first back in 2012!) that donated their blood, sweat, and tears in order to put on the event. Without you, the ball wouldn’t have gotten off the ground 5 years ago (and it most certainly wouldn’t have happened this year) without your unfaltering commitment to the Sea School and its programs. Click here to check out all of the pictures our fabulous photographer captured from the night!
So while the party is over, the gym is cleaned, and we are all (hopefully) completely recovered from the events of the evening, we at Stormys can say without hesitation that we are surrounded by some of Hong Kong’s best. Until next year Cinderella! Cheers!