PILC holds successful Annual Christmas Bazaar

Friday, 16 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By  Ann Winfield

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) held one of its most successful Christmas Bazaars at the Hilton Hotel in Pattaya on Saturday, November 3.  Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh opened the event. “We are fortunate in Pattaya to have an organization like PILC,” Ronakit said.

“This club of international ladies has been in our city for over 25 years, and they add so much to Pattaya and beyond. I have held my position of deputy mayor for many years, and for as long as I can remember, the Ladies Club has been here in Pattaya. I have seen our city grow over the years, and many new things are here now. It is comforting to know that some of the older foreign organizations, such as the Ladies Club, are stronger than ever after so many years.”

Central Festival presents toy collection totals to PILC president, Ann Winfield, and Ananya Welland, the special events chairpersonCentral Festival presents toy collection totals to PILC president, Ann Winfield, and Ananya Welland, the special events chairperson

The Christmas Bazaar, which has become a signal for the opening of the Christmas shopping season here in Pattaya, featured 80 vendors from all over Thailand, many of whom do not sell their wares in mainstream shops, thus giving buyers a chance to find goods that are not available elsewhere.

lmost 1,000 visitors attended the event over the course of the day. “This year’s Bazaar, our 20th, was a huge success,” said PILC President Ann Winfield. “The vendors were very happy with the turnout and attendees were delighted with the selection of products on sale. The Hilton Hotel pulled out all the stops to help us make our 20th Anniversary Bazaar a memorable one.”

PILC President Ann Winfield welcomes guests to this year’s Christmas Bazaar.PILC President Ann Winfield welcomes guests to this year’s Christmas Bazaar.

PILC uses the bazaar to raise funds that allows the club to support numerous charities in the Pattaya area.

This year, the Club added an activities component to the bazaar to entertain those people who wanted a break from shopping. A children’s activity area provided a coloring competition for three age groups, a face painting station, and a wonderful Santa’s Grotto, complete with a post box where children could post their Christmas toy wish lists. The Fountain of Life had a foot massage area and were kept busy all day with weary shoppers getting a little foot relief.

In addition, the day included a full schedule of entertainment, which was a departure from previous bazaars. Music students from the St. Andrews International School gave excellent musical presentations. “The St. Andrews students were so professional in their presentations and demeanor,” said Ann, “we were all very impressed.”

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh cuts the ribbon to officially open the event.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh cuts the ribbon to officially open the event.

Mr. Penguin entertained everyone with his magic tricks; a fashion show highlighted beautiful hand-made clothing designed by Finestra, one of the bazaar’s vendors; three dance exhibits from students at local dance studios, and Mr. Jimmy Sinatra made an appearance to entertain the audience as well.

As well as the commercial vendors, some of the charities supported by PILC also had tables.  These included Ban Jing Jai Children’s Home, Dek Dee Early Learning Centre, Phu Luang “Our Home” quilters, North Star Library, the Mercy Center, Fountain of Life, and many more.

A future Patriots’ fan rests up during the busy proceedings.A future Patriots’ fan rests up during the busy proceedings.

Central Festival also participated in the bazaar this year: they asked people who attended to bring along a used toy to donate to PILC’s charities. In return, each donor received a THB 100 voucher to spend in the store. The toys will now be distributed as Christmas gifts to the children in the many projects that PILC supports. A Central Festival spokesperson said that the store had collected hundreds of toys, and had given out over 20,000 baht in vouchers.

Jewelry vendors display their beautiful wares.Jewelry vendors display their beautiful wares.

Special Events Chairperson Ananya Welland was very pleased with the corporate sponsorship the bazaar received this year. “We have had a massive response to our sponsorship plea this year, and I would just like to take the opportunity to thank all our corporate sponsors, including Caterpillar, BJV, Asian Tigers Transpo, Foster Wheeler, Bumrungrad Hospital, Esso, Jelly Belly Candy Company, and JVK International Movers,” she said. “We also have many private sponsors, such as Linda’s Restaurant footing the bill for our printing costs, for example, and of course there are many businesses, hotels and shops in Pattaya who have given generously to the Bazaar Raffle, which raises even more money for our welfare work. There are really so many to thank. We certainly couldn’t have done it without them and their generosity!”

At the end of the day, just prior to the event’s closing, Arlette Cyckman, long-time Pattaya resident and founding member of PILC participated in a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the 20th Anniversary. The cake was then distributed amongst all of the attendees, volunteers, and staff.

Many people were not able to stay for all of the raffle number draws, but you can find all of the raffle winners on the PILC website at www.pilc-pattaya.com and printed in the Pattaya Mail. If you find you have won a prize, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details on how to collect your prize. All prizes must be collected by November 30, 2012.

Cheerful PILC members at the raffle table.Cheerful PILC members at the raffle table.

The children’s activity area included a wonderful Santa’s Grotto.The children’s activity area included a wonderful Santa’s Grotto.

Long-time PILC member Arlette Cykman with Special Events Chair Ananya Welland.Long-time PILC member Arlette Cykman with Special Events Chair Ananya Welland.

(L to R) Lewis “Woody” Underwood, Sister Ganyanee and Sister Joan Gormley from the Fountain of Life take a refreshment break.(L to R) Lewis “Woody” Underwood, Sister Ganyanee and Sister Joan Gormley from the Fountain of Life take a refreshment break.

Music students from St. Andrews International School entertain the audience.Music students from St. Andrews International School entertain the audience.

This youngster gives an amazing alto saxophone performance.This youngster gives an amazing alto saxophone performance.

Helpful staff from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya are on hand to give free eyes and ears checks.Helpful staff from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya are on hand to give free eyes and ears checks.

(L to R) Sunday, Simon and Aum help ensure the success of the Christmas Bazaar at the Hilton Hotel, Pattaya.(L to R) Sunday, Simon and Aum help ensure the success of the Christmas Bazaar at the Hilton Hotel, Pattaya.

Young angels perform in front of Santa’s Grotto.Young angels perform in front of Santa’s Grotto.

Santa surrounded by little dancers.Santa surrounded by little dancers.

80 vendors attended the PILC Annual Bazaar to sell their products.80 vendors attended the PILC Annual Bazaar to sell their products.

The Christmas Bazaar, which signals the opening of the Christmas shopping season here in Pattaya, features 80 vendors from all over Thailand.The Christmas Bazaar, which signals the opening of the Christmas shopping season here in Pattaya, features 80 vendors from all over Thailand.

PILC Christmas Bazaar 2012 Raffle Winners

1st Draw Prize/Donor Ticket No Name
1 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 1590 Doug Breeze
2 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 2092 Gudrun Phillips
3 Foodland Voucher THB 500 3151 Zotov
4 Private Cooking Lesson 1460 (tel no only)
5 Pair Wooden masks 2712 Troy Hawkins
6 Linda’s Restaurant Voucher THB 1000 3952 Foo Smith
7 Centara Grande Spa Treatment 1731 c/o Fr Ray Foundation
8 Amari Orchid Spa Treatment 3120 Rosario Cruz
9 Jameson’s Sunday Roast for 4 2664 Katie Ayers
10 Casa Pascal Gourmet Set Dinner 2210 Piet V.d. Broek
11 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 1391 Nina
12 Painting 4379 Kim Schneider
13 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 4394 Kim Schneider
14 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 1714 Dzenana Popin
15 Flight of the Gibbon 2 tickets and 2 t-shirts 1090 John Ladbrook
16 Friendship Food Basket 3485 Ruth Ann Rochanaroon
17 Steps & Rhythm THB 2000 Voucher 1842 Andreas
18 Thai Garden Resort 2 night stay 3631 Wendy Nichols
19 Montebello Charters 2 tickets for catamaran day sail 2419 Marie Andrews
20 Sheraton Grande BKK 1 night stay 1610 Mr Pongsar
21 Bangkok Pattaya Hospital THB 12000 Voucher 2459 Helle Rantsen
2nd Draw
1 Ceramic hair straightener 4589 David Peacock
2 Baby cot quilt 1801 Jakob Fris
3 Foodland Voucher THB 500 4484 Mr Randall
4 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 1325 (Tel No only)
5 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 2406 Marie Andrews
6 Finestra garment 4566 K Godfrey
7 Shenanigans Voucher THB 1000 2335 Mr Anawat
8 Woodland Spa Treatment 4014 Ivy Schlageter
9 Bicycle 2731 Patrick Moroney
10 Casa Pascal Gourmet Set Dinner 3975 Wiki
11 Amara Orchid Dinner at Mantra Restaurant 1529 Kirsten Lillelund
12 Linda’s Restaurant Voucher THB 1000 1775 Bibi Ottsen
13 Friendship Food Basket 2730 Elizabeth Moroney
14 Hilton Sunday Brunch Voucher 1621 K. Sri-Udom
15 Centara Grande Dinner for 2 Voucher 3555 Katie
16 Thai Garden Resort 2 night stay 4192 Daksha Gohil
17 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 2255 Claire Smith
18 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 3607 Bronwyn Carey
19 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 2153 Ivy Schlageter
20 Food Mixer 1607 Ms Pattanum
21 Toaster Oven 2089 Gudrun Phillips
22 Bangkok Pattaya Hospital THB 12000 Voucher 1996 (tel No only)
3rd Draw
1 Foodland Voucher THB 500 2065 Carol James
2 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 2102 Pat Koester
3 Pan Food Voucher THB 500 2544 Helle Rantsen
4 Hilton Hotel Manicure and Pedicure 1120 John Ladbrook
7 Amari Orchid Spa Voucher 1446 Thelma Kay
8 Amari Orchid Dinner at Mantra Restaurant 3646 Jill Stankewicz
9 Casa Pascal BBQ Buffet 3736 Roger
10 Abode Table Lamp 2069 Carol James
11 Friendship Food Basket 3827 Judith Edmonds
12 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 3695 Dianne Doell
13 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 2674 Barb Alexander
14 Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher 3548 Sheila v.d. Beek
15 Pan Pan Dinner Voucher THB 2000 2452 Nikol
16 Segway Tour BKK for 2 Voucher 4465 Dwaine Nygrin
18 Kalae Antiques THB 8000 Voucher 3757 Kelly Jacoby
19 SailQuest 5 day sailing course 1435 Rosanne Diamente
20 Siam Country Club Plantation Round of Golf for 4 1045 Denise Letts
21 Thanya Beach Resort, Krabi, 3 night stay 2393 John Pahls
22 Ping Nakara Hotel, Chiang Mai, 2 night stay 1774 Bibi Ottsen
23 Nokia Lumia 800 Mobile Phone 1695 K. Wutikorn
Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to claim your prize.  (All prizes must be collected by 30 November 2012.)
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