Gala dinner gets the ball rolling for Lighthouse Club Pattaya

Friday, 24 February 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 8 By  Paul Strachan

The Lighthouse Club of Pattaya had their first event of the year on Friday the 11th of February, and this time it differed from the usual networking as they decided to get the year started with a gala dinner.

The venue was the ever popular Centara Grand Mirage and the sponsor was Atlantis Condominium Resort.

A cash amount of baht 300,000 was given to the Lighthouse Club by Cees Cuijpers (2nd left), organizer of Movers & Shakers. Also shown (left to right) are Tracy Cosgrove, (Cees Cuijpers), Irina Breslavtseva, marketing manager for Heights Holdings, Stuart Maxwell Foulkes, LHC treasurer and Neo Lothongkum, LHC PR & Media.A cash amount of baht 300,000 was given to the Lighthouse Club by Cees Cuijpers (2nd left), organizer of Movers & Shakers. Also shown (left to right) are Tracy Cosgrove, (Cees Cuijpers), Irina Breslavtseva, marketing manager for Heights Holdings, Stuart Maxwell Foulkes, LHC treasurer and Neo Lothongkum, LHC PR & Media.

The night started at 6 p.m. with beer and wine being served, which gave people a chance to do a bit of networking. Then the doors opened to the main ballroom and the 180 or so people were seated.

Charlie Warner updates the status of the Atlantis Condominium Resort.Charlie Warner updates the status of the Atlantis Condominium Resort.

Tracy Cosgrove from the Melissa Cosgrove Children’s Foundation gave a short speech outlining what challenges and achievements she has had in the last year.

After her speech, a short video was shown in which Tracy showed the new nursery and explained how she applies for the funds from the Lighthouse Club committee. This was followed by Colin Bartlett from the Sutlet Group who explained that his company takes care of the accounting for the MCCF. Neil Smith from Business Class Asia, who takes care of the accounting for Lighthouse Club Pattaya, followed.

Finally, the chairman of Lighthouse Club, Cees Cuijpers from Town & Country Property, gave a brief message, thanking the guests for their support over the last year.

A magnificent buffet was opened that featured Thai and European food and this was accompanied with red or white wine, or beer if you so preferred.

MC Paul Strachan.MC Paul Strachan.

As the meal was coming to a close there was a brief presentation about Atlantis, which is a project by Blue Sky developments and one that was launched in October last year. In a little over 3 months they have sold 860 of their 1000 units. This is a great achievement and demonstrates how the perception of Pattaya is changing for foreign and Thai investors.

Cees Cuijpers, who is the founder of Movers and Shakers (which was held at the end of 2011), then made a presentation to Tracy Cosgrove of a check for 300,000 baht which will help pay for the wages at the new nursery.

At this point a gentleman from the audience came up to the stage and said he would add another 100,000 baht; a wonderful gesture and illustrates the effect Lighthouse Club and Tracy have on people in our community.

The whole evening had a different feel to a normal Lighthouse event but it was one that certainly gave some messages across regarding how the Lighthouse Club works and how they assist the Melissa Cosgrove Children’s Foundation.

The next regular lighthouse networking will be at Dusit D2 on Friday the 2nd of March.

(L to R) Paulo De Matos, executive assistant manager for rooms of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomes everyone to the Mirage Ballroom, joined by the LHC committee, Stuart Maxwell Foulkes, Tracy Cosgrove, Neo Lothongkum and Cees Cuijpers.(L to R) Paulo De Matos, executive assistant manager for rooms of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomes everyone to the Mirage Ballroom, joined by the LHC committee, Stuart Maxwell Foulkes, Tracy Cosgrove, Neo Lothongkum and Cees Cuijpers.

Herman Van Gucht and Dr. William van Ewijk.Herman Van Gucht and Dr. William van Ewijk.

Kasina Lee and Thawatchai Chawala.Kasina Lee and Thawatchai Chawala.

Sylvie Schaffer and Oliver Libutzki Sylvie Schaffer and Oliver Libutzki

Clarke McKeown, Bea Grunwell, Kay McKeown and Joe Grunwell.Clarke McKeown, Bea Grunwell, Kay McKeown and Joe Grunwell.

Guests were shown a video presentation outlining the Lighthouse Club Pattaya’s work.Guests were shown a video presentation outlining the Lighthouse Club Pattaya’s work.

These beauties help getting the ball rolling for Lighthouse Club Pattaya.

These beauties help getting the ball rolling for Lighthouse Club Pattaya.

These beauties help getting the ball rolling for Lighthouse Club Pattaya.These beauties help getting the ball rolling for Lighthouse Club Pattaya.

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