Father Ray commemorations continue with telethon

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The Father Ray Foundation’s commemoration of the ninth anniversary of their founder’s death stretched into a second month, with public officials joining charity executives for a televised telethon and fair.

Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome and her husband Sonthaya were the guests of honor at the Sept. 1 event at the Redemptorist Center for People with Disabilities. Top foundation officials gathered more than 850 children at the fair, which offered food, shopping and a prize draw awarding more than 150 prizes.

Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome and Sonthaya Kunplome, former Tourism and Sports Minister, launch the event.Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome and Sonthaya Kunplome, former Tourism and Sports Minister, launch the event.

Founder “Father Ray” Brennan died Aug. 16, 2003 and commemorations have been going on since July 27.

The Banglamung and Sophon cable television operators televised the event and organizers advertised telephone numbers where Pattaya residents could call and donate funds to the charity foundation.

The “lucky draw” awarded prizes to those in attendance and those who called in donations to the group. The grand prize, a Nissan March, went to Ruamchai Tangbunchu. The full list of prize winners is available online at www.fr-ray.org/th/lucky/index.php.

Organizers also collected tens of thousands of baht in donations from sponsors and attendees. The Kunplomes donated 20,000 baht, Udomdet Service Co. 10,000 baht, Alcazar Co 50,000 baht, Active Holiday Tour Co. 10,000 baht, Lions Sotakhun Duangdara 10,000 baht, and chef Tony Khoo donated 100,000 baht. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group donated rice, dried food and cash totaling 370,000 baht, the Thai-Sikh Pattaya Association 10,000 baht and the Diana Resort Group Pattaya donated 20,000 baht.