On January 28, the Foreign Chambers Alliance (FCA) teed off for charity at the FCA Charitee Friendship Golf Tournament at the Amata Spring Country Club. Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM Thailand) in cooperation with the Australian (AustCham), British (BCCT), and German (GTCC) Chambers of Commerce, the Friendship Golf Tournament brought together the international business community raising over 500,000 baht for the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand Foundation (ATF), to support education for Thai university students across the country.
AMCHAM Executive Director Heidi Gallant, also the Vice President of the ATF, said that “the golf tournament is an important event for us as it not only raises critical funds for scholarship students but also brings the international business community together. The Friendship Golf Tournament represents an important collaboration to demonstrate the international business community’s commitment to invest in the future of Thailand.”
In addition to giving back to the community, the event provided an excellent opportunity for the business community to team build, network, and forge lasting business relations. The FCA is an alliance between AMCHAM, AustCham, BCCT, and GTCC, representing together more than 2,000 companies and employing approximately one million Thai employees. The goal of the FCA is to collaborate on foreign investment and trade issues of mutual interest in the Kingdom of Thailand to foster economic growth and sustainable development. The FCA regularly convenes to discuss strategic priorities for and progress on the Ten for Thailand; a set of recommendations proposed to the Thai Government to improve ease of doing business and accelerate post Covid-19 economic recovery.
The event was generously sponsored by Amata, Aetna Health Insurance, Citibank, Chevron, C.P. Group, Constant Energy, DeeMoney, Ford, Golfasian, International School Bangkok, LawtonAsia, and Western Digital. All proceeds and donations from the charity event will benefit the ATF scholarship program. ATF offers tuition for high-achieving Thai university students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2022, the ATF has a goal to give scholarships to 75 students to further their studies in the Kingdom and has planned multiple fundraising events through AMCHAM for the 2022 year.
In 2004, AMCHAM formally registered the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand Foundation (ATF) to carry out its charitable activities. The ATF is recognized by the Ministry of Finance as a Public Charitable Organization (number 632) and donations are deductible in Thailand.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. With over 2,600 members representing over 600 American, Thai, and other international companies, AMCHAM is the leading international business association in Thailand. Member companies have cumulatively invested over 50 billion US dollars in Thailand and provide more than 200,000 local jobs.
For more information on AMCHAM events, please contact Events Manager, Meagan at [email protected]