Divas hit high notes at Hard Rock Hotel charity concert

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Celebrities, public officials and community leaders turned out to help the Hard Rock Hotel raise money for charity at its 10th ‘Night with the Divas.’

The October 22 event featured games and a concert by the vivacious duo ‘New & Jew’ of television’s Star Search, with proceeds going to help improving living conditions and education for Thai youth in remote areas.

Funds raised would also help, disaster relief, developed of occupation for the disadvantaged and numerous other projects such as purchasing medical equipment and apparatus for hospitals.

General Kanit Permsub (4th left) together with Khunying Busyarat (5th left) and Jorge Carlos Smith (3rd left) GM Hard Rock Hotel and other VIP guests complete the jigsaw to officially open the evening’s entertainment.General Kanit Permsub (4th left) together with Khunying Busyarat (5th left) and Jorge Carlos Smith (3rd left) GM Hard Rock Hotel and other VIP guests complete the jigsaw to officially open the evening’s entertainment.

General Kanit Permsub, deputy chief aide-de-camp to HM the King and his wife Busyarat presided over the event.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Pratheep Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail and Gudmund Eiksund, President of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya were among the many officials and community leaders on hand for the festive evening in the Hard Rock’s ‘Hall of Fame’ ballroom.

General Kanit noted the Hard Rock has a long history of supporting needy causes across Thailand and said this month’s event would support the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Foundation, the Melissa Cosgrove Foundation, Chonburi College of Agriculture and Technology, Baan Chaark Nork and the Police Region 2 Children & Women’s Protection Center.

The evening began with games and a show from the “Bling & Black” team, followed by VIPs completing a Hard Rock Hotel Charity Concert 2011 jigsaw puzzle.

Guests then enjoyed food and beverages and settled in for the Divas concert featuring ‘New & Jew’.

Guests also bid on a host of prized auction items, including many portraits of HM the King and HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn donated by General Kanit Permsub, a Michael Jackson concert poster, team signatures from English Premier League football team Manchester United, a Lord Ganesh statue and an autographed New & Jew guitar that went for 42,000 baht.

The total sum raised through the charity event topped 2.1 million baht.

General Kanit Permsub accompanied by Khunying Busyarat greets the guests and thanks them for their benevolence in supporting the various charities.General Kanit Permsub accompanied by Khunying Busyarat greets the guests and thanks them for their benevolence in supporting the various charities.

New & Jew’s autographed guitar went for a staggering 42,000 baht during the auction.New & Jew’s autographed guitar went for a staggering 42,000 baht during the auction.

Auction items go under the hammer in aid of charity.Auction items go under the hammer in aid of charity.

Members of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya give their full support to the charity event.Members of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya give their full support to the charity event.

Tony Malhotra and Rungratree Thongsai, MCs extraordinaire.Tony Malhotra and Rungratree Thongsai, MCs extraordinaire.

New & Jew were the star attraction at this year’s ‘Night with the Divas’.New & Jew were the star attraction at this year’s ‘Night with the Divas’.

The who’s who of Pattaya played their part in helping to raise funds for charity.

The who’s who of Pattaya played their part in helping to raise funds for charity.The who’s who of Pattaya played their part in helping to raise funds for charity.