Supporting cancer. On Tuesday evening Quintessentially Lifestyle, the global private Members’ club, proudly presented the second annual “The Fayre of St. John’s” event, a charitable Christmas carol spectacular set in the heart of Central.
Held at the magnificent St John’s Cathedral, the festive extravaganza saw celebrities, socialites, and the city’s movers and shakers come together for a magical evening of carols, mulled wine, readings, and musical performances, successfully raising almost HK$2.5 million in funds for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. The event continued to support Maggie’s for the second year running, helping to further the charity’s amazing work within the Hong Kong community, as an invaluable service to those affected by cancer.
Continuing the success of last year’s Hong Kong debut and as the event to kick-start the festive season, this year’s concert brought another joyous evening to guests, with a star-studded line-up of entertainment. Festive readings were performed by Hong Kong actress Michele Reis and American supermodel and actress Lisa S., as well as an exclusive solo performance by Hollywood actress and model Celina Jade, singing a heart-warming rendition of ‘Halleluiah’.
Other highlights included a magical ballet performance by Hong Kong Ballets’ Prima Ballerina Wu Fei Fei, dancing an extract from Christmas ballet favourite ‘The Nutcracker’, as well as charming choral performances by the Harrow International Chamber Choir and The Maggie’s Centre Choir. Prominent businessman and music producer James Louey also wowed the audience with an uplifting medley of well-known Christmas favourites including ‘Let it snow’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. The concert was hosted by renowned director, producer, and TV host Sean Lee-Davies, who also read an extract from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ to conclude the evening.
Aside from entertainment, more than 500 guests lit up the evening – including James and Jane Louey, Julian Hui, Anne Wang- Liu and Julian Liu, Sharie Ross Tse, Audry Ai Morrow, Jessica Jann, Bonnae Gokson, Caroline Wilson, Olivia Buckingham, Joyce Lee, Ronald and Reggie Li Kwok, Douglas Woo and many others from socialites to representatives from some of Hong Kong’s top businesses – coming together for the second annual Fayre, which concluded with a lively Christmas themed after-party at the prestigious private members club, KEE Club.
“We are extremely proud to have raised almost HK$2.5 million last night at The Fayre of St John’s to continue to support the excellent work done by Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre here in the Hong Kong community,’ commented Vincent Lai, Managing Director, Greater China, Quintessentially Lifestyle.
“Last year saw The Fayre concept successfully debut in Hong Kong for the first time, where we were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our guests. This year, we are even more thrilled to have welcomed back a lot of familiar faces as well as many new guests, all coming together in support of an extremely meaningful cause during this very special time of year. Building on the legacy of success, we look forward to bringing back the Fayre of St John’s for many more years to come,” he continued.
The overall Fayre event was sponsored by Aviva and Hong Kong Tatler followed by a festive after-party supported by KEE Club, including a live auction of luxury prizes hosted by Sotheby’s renowned auctioneer Scott Roworth. All proceeds from the auction went directly to benefit Maggie’s, raising HK$584,500. Top auction prizes included painting – Landscape Study – by Australian artist John Young Zerunge, a private home dinner by award-winning British chef Rowley Leigh, as well as lunch for four at the Mandarin Grill and Noonday Gun firing, auctioned at HK$50,000, HK$45,000 and HK$22,000 respectively.