Louis Fassbind commemorated at annual charity dinner

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Funds raised in aid of medical home for the aged

Louis Fassbind, also known as ‘Mr. Pattaya’ was remembered on the 13th anniversary of his passing at a fund raising dinner held at Linda’s Restaurant on August 13, which was attended by almost 100 guests from various segments of the Pattaya community.

The annual charity function was organized by Gudmund Eiksund, president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya of which Louis was a founding member.

President Gudmund Eiksund introduces and thanks his charming wife Linda for hosting an outstanding event.President Gudmund Eiksund introduces and thanks his charming wife Linda for hosting an outstanding event.

Peter Malhotra spoke of Louis saying, “Louis passed away 13 years ago on the 3rd of August 1998, but his legacy is still with us. His mission and vision continues to influence the everyday lives of all who live and work in the industry all over Thailand in one way or another.

“Originally from Switzerland, he was well versed in all aspects of hotel management by the time he came to Thailand in 1966, to work in the Oriental Hotel.  By 1970 he had come to Pattaya to oversee the construction and opening of the Pattaya Palace.  Three years later he joined the Royal Cliff Beach Resort as General Manager, finishing as the Executive Vice President.

Father Dr. Michael Picharn and Reverend Jörg Dunsbach bless the evening’s undertaking.Father Dr. Michael Picharn and Reverend Jörg Dunsbach bless the evening’s undertaking.

“Louis Fassbind was a charitable man.  25 years a Rotarian, and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, he was a driving force behind many of the Rotary projects to help the people of Thailand.  For those who knew him personally ‘Charity’ was his middle name. In 1985 he founded and funded the Fassbind Medical Home in the Banglamung Home for the Aged.

“After Louis died, several concerned and prominent Pattaya citizens met to discuss the ways to ensure that the good work and memory of the late friend Louis Fassbind would not be lost. Friends joined forces to revive and rekindle Louis’ spirit of charity, so the Fassbind Memorial Fund was formed under the stewardship of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.”

The kids were superb in their rendition of the Swiss dance.The kids were superb in their rendition of the Swiss dance.

The A.X. Fassbind Memorial Fund continues to support and maintain the Fassbind Medical Home, located at the Banglamung Home for the Aged and to support students undertaking education and training in the tourism and hospitality business by providing scholarships.

To raise funds a raffle was held where more than 70 prizes donated by kindhearted businesses and private individuals were given out. A silent auction of valuable items was also held. They too were donated by generous sponsors.

Heinz Minten amuses the diners with his magic tricks.Heinz Minten amuses the diners with his magic tricks.

In attendance were Father Dr. Michael Picharn and Reverend Jörg Dunsbach, of the German Marien Parish in Bangkok who both gave their blessings to the charitable undertaking.

Swiss Niki Geisbuehler entertained the guests throughout the evening in his inimitable style, keeping the party lively and happy while Heinz Minten walked around the tables showing off his magic tricks.

Frederika Schmid, Elfi Seitz, and Marliese Fritz were very funny in the Puppet Socks show. Frederika Schmid, Elfi Seitz, and Marliese Fritz were very funny in the Puppet Socks show.

Two lovely children from the Child Development and Protection Centre (CDPC) thrilled the audience with their rendition of a traditional Swiss dance.

Another highlight was the Puppet Socks Swiss Dance performed by Elfi Seitz, Marliese Fritz and Frederika Schmid. This show had the crowd stomping their feet and in fits of laughter.

Archie Dunlop picks up his door prize from Marlies Fritz (right), the artist.Archie Dunlop picks up his door prize from Marlies Fritz (right), the artist.

‘Mango Rains’ a book written by Dan Dorothy, executive Editor of the Pattaya Mail, was put up for auction which had many hands going up in a bid to outbid each other. The winning bid was however made by Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, president of the Jesters Care 4 Kids who paid a handsome amount for the bestseller.

The party was exactly how Louis would have wanted it, colourful, happy and full of life.

And that is what Rotarians intend to do…bring liveliness and happiness to the old folks at the Banglamung Home for the Aged.

Premprecha Dibbayawan (left) receives his door prize from Martin Brands witnessed by Chitra Chandrasiri (top left) and Peter Malhotra.Premprecha Dibbayawan (left) receives his door prize from Martin Brands witnessed by Chitra Chandrasiri (top left) and Peter Malhotra.

Dennis Stark presents a major prize to Yves Echement (right), president of the Rotary Club Pattaya Marina.Dennis Stark presents a major prize to Yves Echement (right), president of the Rotary Club Pattaya Marina.

Monika Podleska presents a pretty picture to Dennis Stark.Monika Podleska presents a pretty picture to Dennis Stark.

Woody outbids everyone to pick up ‘Mango Rains’ a bestseller by Daniel Dorothy.Woody outbids everyone to pick up ‘Mango Rains’ a bestseller by Daniel Dorothy.