Siam Hotels matriarch raises funds for Red Cross at charity concert

Friday, 13 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 15 By  Elfi Seitz

Considered by some Thailand’s “grand dame of jazz,” the matriarch of the family that owns Pattaya’s Siam Bayshore and Siam Bay View hotels performed songs by Thai and American divas in her annual charity concert in Bangkok.

Kamala Sukosol’s “Hollywood Stars & Divas” charity concert series March 15-17 at the Siam City Hotel raised money for the two Thai Red Cross projects, the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Chulalongkorn Craniofacial Center, which provides free operations and care to underprivileged Thai children with facial deformities, and the Flood Relief Fund.

Kamala in Concert.Kamala in Concert.

Kamala’s two daughters, two sons and 14-year-old grand-daughter joined her on stage, accompanied by the 20-member Prachin Songpow Big Band Orchestra, Dolchai Boonyaratavej and dancers from the Aree School of Dance Arts.

The evenings’ song book was comprised of standards and newer tunes, including standards from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michel Buble and Liza Minelli, and newer tunes from Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera.

The five women joined together for a tribute to Whitney Houston who died in February.

The Sukosol family behind the Siam Hotels group has been doing charity concerts for 16 years, raising substantial sums from tables that cost as much as 40,000 baht each for 10 seats.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbakhdi.Marisa Sukosol Nunbakhdi.

Daranee Sukosol Clapp.Daranee Sukosol Clapp.

Krissada Sukosol Clapp.Krissada Sukosol Clapp.

Natalia Sukosol Briones.Natalia Sukosol Briones.

Sukie Sukosol Clapp.Sukie Sukosol Clapp.

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