PILC holds successful Annual Christmas Bazaar

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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 [email protected] 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 DrawPrize/DonorTicket NoName
1Pan Food Voucher THB 5001590Doug Breeze
2Pan Food Voucher THB 5002092Gudrun Phillips
3Foodland Voucher THB 5003151Zotov
4Private Cooking Lesson1460(tel no only)
5Pair Wooden masks2712Troy Hawkins
6Linda’s Restaurant Voucher THB 10003952Foo Smith
7Centara Grande Spa Treatment1731c/o Fr Ray Foundation
8Amari Orchid Spa Treatment3120Rosario Cruz
9Jameson’s Sunday Roast for 42664Katie Ayers
10Casa Pascal Gourmet Set Dinner2210Piet V.d. Broek
11Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher1391Nina
12Painting4379Kim Schneider
13Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher4394Kim Schneider
14Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher1714Dzenana Popin
15Flight of the Gibbon 2 tickets and 2 t-shirts1090John Ladbrook
16Friendship Food Basket3485Ruth Ann Rochanaroon
17Steps & Rhythm THB 2000 Voucher1842Andreas
18Thai Garden Resort 2 night stay3631Wendy Nichols
19Montebello Charters 2 tickets for catamaran day sail2419Marie Andrews
20Sheraton Grande BKK 1 night stay1610Mr Pongsar
21Bangkok Pattaya Hospital THB 12000 Voucher2459Helle Rantsen
2nd Draw
1Ceramic hair straightener4589David Peacock
2Baby cot quilt1801Jakob Fris
3Foodland Voucher THB 5004484Mr Randall
4Pan Food Voucher THB 5001325(Tel No only)
5Pan Food Voucher THB 5002406Marie Andrews
6Finestra garment4566K Godfrey
7Shenanigans Voucher THB 10002335Mr Anawat
8Woodland Spa Treatment4014Ivy Schlageter
9Bicycle2731Patrick Moroney
10Casa Pascal Gourmet Set Dinner3975Wiki
11Amara Orchid Dinner at Mantra Restaurant1529Kirsten Lillelund
12Linda’s Restaurant Voucher THB 10001775Bibi Ottsen
13Friendship Food Basket2730Elizabeth Moroney
14Hilton Sunday Brunch Voucher1621K. Sri-Udom
15Centara Grande Dinner for 2 Voucher3555Katie
16Thai Garden Resort 2 night stay4192Daksha Gohil
17Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher2255Claire Smith
18Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher3607Bronwyn Carey
19Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher2153Ivy Schlageter
20Food Mixer1607Ms Pattanum
21Toaster Oven2089Gudrun Phillips
22Bangkok Pattaya Hospital THB 12000 Voucher1996(tel No only)
3rd Draw
1Foodland Voucher THB 5002065Carol James
2Pan Food Voucher THB 5002102Pat Koester
3Pan Food Voucher THB 5002544Helle Rantsen
4Hilton Hotel Manicure and Pedicure1120John Ladbrook
7Amari Orchid Spa Voucher1446Thelma Kay
8Amari Orchid Dinner at Mantra Restaurant3646Jill Stankewicz
9Casa Pascal BBQ Buffet3736Roger
10Abode Table Lamp2069Carol James
11Friendship Food Basket3827Judith Edmonds
12Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher3695Dianne Doell
13Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher2674Barb Alexander
14Genesis Klinik THB 5000 Voucher3548Sheila v.d. Beek
15Pan Pan Dinner Voucher THB 20002452Nikol
16Segway Tour BKK for 2 Voucher4465Dwaine Nygrin
18Kalae Antiques THB 8000 Voucher3757Kelly Jacoby
19SailQuest 5 day sailing course1435Rosanne Diamente
20Siam Country Club Plantation Round of Golf for 41045Denise Letts
21Thanya Beach Resort, Krabi, 3 night stay2393John Pahls
22Ping Nakara Hotel, Chiang Mai, 2 night stay1774Bibi Ottsen
23Nokia Lumia 800 Mobile Phone1695K. Wutikorn
Please contact [email protected] to claim your prize.  (All prizes must be collected by 30 November 2012.)