Wrapping up Jesters Care for Kids 2011

Friday, 23 December 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 51 By  Lewis Underwood

The memories of our September events for the benefit of kids in need seem distant now. Fortunately, the shining success of our Gala Party Night at the Amari Orchid Pattaya overshadows the first ever rainout of our Children’s Fair.

Though the former certainly helped us recover from the latter; we still took a financial hit in terms of meeting the cost of the Fair setup.

Nevertheless, overall our fund-raising efforts generated 5,615,980 baht in both cash and kind, and we would like to thank all of you for your support this past year, both the first-timers and those who continue to stay the course with us.

As the amount raised is less than recent previous years, before taking on any new projects, we have decided to first focus on our primary beneficiaries, namely the Fountain of Life Center for children, the Camillian Home for kids living with HIV and disabilities and the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind.

Also of priority are those projects we provide for on a monthly basis, such as the Ban Jing Jai orphanage (food costs), Khao Baisri Special Education for the disabled (basic necessities) and Share Love with a Friend (rice and milk distribution to families with disabled children).

To date, we have distributed 3,654,193 baht of your donations this year, and as usual, we will keep you updated where the remaining funds are dispersed in the New Year.

In the meantime we would like to thank the Sutlet Group Pattaya branch for overseeing our accounting since 2010.

The Fountain of Life Center for children is one of the main beneficiaries. The Fountain of Life Center for children is one of the main beneficiaries.

Despite the exposure of our two annual events, corporate and individual sponsorship is the main source of our fund-raising that allows us to continue to have a significant impact on children’s charities in our community.

And since we feel like we can never thank you enough, we would like to do so yet again. We would especially like to acknowledgment our major sponsors, who perennially get our charity quickly up and running each year; starting with our Diamond Sponsors, or 400,000 baht donors, the Canadian Jackalope Open and Glencore International. Both of these organizations have come in at this level for the last 4 years.

We would also like to thank our Platinum Sponsors, or100,000 baht donors, Club Nevada (8 years), Dave James (7 years), Glencore International (5 years), Herrod Foundation (6 years), Hyolim (5 years), Jelly Belly Candy Company Thailand (new at this level), The Links (New), Lolita’s Pattaya (3 years), MBMG Group (10 years!), Mermaid Offshore Services (5 years), Mike Koerner (7 years), Pat and Reg Warner (6 years), Pattaya Bay Resort (3 years), Pattaya Mail (10 years!), Pattaya Sports Club (7 years), Sinto (9 years), Whitehouse Condotel (4 years) and World of Wine (new as Platinum).

Thanks, too, to hosts of our events: The Diana Garden Resort (10 years!) Amari Orchid Pattaya (new), and Jameson’s who have not only hosted our Party Night for the previous 5 years, but also were Platinum Sponsors during that period.

Thanks also to those who donated auction items and grand raffle prizes for our Gala Party Night, and especially our top grand raffle prize, a Honda PCX: Thomas Sundkvist, Paul Shortino, Murray Kerr, Mike Franc, Mike Clayton, Jamie Lebeda, Luc and Serge Lafreniere, and Mityon Honda for the discount.

We would also like to thank our entertainers on that night too: Pookpick, Jimmy Sinatra, Dave Woody, the Band of Smiles, and, of course, Jimmy Page for just being there.

And a special huge thanks to our most valuable 2011 voluntary committee and associates: Debs Philbrook, Tony Malhotra, Capt Steve Ponter, Jeff Paladeau, Bill Freeman, Kevin Mitch, Bernie Tuppin, Kim Fletcher, Linden Phanpho, Karyn Walker, David Smith, Judi McNamara, Alan Whiteway, Richy Rhodes, Paul Strachan, Poodle Pete, Russell Jay Darrell, Mark Rogers, Peter Kraemer, Paul Shortino and Bob Philp.

On behalf of the Jesters Care for Kids 2011 and Jesters MC Thailand, we hope you and your families have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you again just around the corner in 2012!

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