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Gala Dinner – the highlight of of 20th Anniversary Celebration for SHPHK

posted Nov 23, 2009, 9:47 PM by 藥物教育資源中心DERC

(Originally posted on 2008-04-10)

Members would no doubt notice the series of activities which has been organized since mid-2007 to celebrate SHPHK’s 20 years of establishment. With the staging of the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 22nd February 2008 at Club Regency, Hongkong International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay, all celebratory activities were joyously drawn to a close.

The dinner event was filled with happy memories from the presence of about one hundred attendants including our Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Daniel Ho, our founding president, who flew in from his work place in USA to join us specially for the celebration.

Our Masters of Ceremony for the Gala Dinner were Helen Hui and Charles Lo and they did a splendid job introducing every program of the entire dinner event which began with our present president - Kim Ng joined by Daniel Ho, Michael Ling and Benjamin Lee all of whom had served as the past presidents of the Society to officiate the opening ceremony.

Our fond memories were refreshed with the multi-media video show depicting our society’s major achievement and milestones in the past twenty years. We found old and new faces of our members, past and present as we enjoyed the melody that went together with the slide show.

As an appreciation for their loyalty, 31 members who have joined the Society since its inception, were presented with a porcelain ‘Mortar and Pestle’ souvenir set. Porcelain has been chosen as it stands for twentieth anniversary, while the mortar and pestle speaks for itself. In recognition of Kim’s tremendous contribution to the Society and the pharmacy profession in the past twenty years, a surprised gift – a dragon made of Chinese Crystal Glass had been prepared at his surprise.

To share the wishes towards the pharmacy profession in the upcoming five years, guests and members were invited to write their well-wishes and visions on a piece of paper and put it into some used medicine bottles. More than eighty bottles were dropped into a large “Time Capsule” before it was sealed by Daniel and Kim on the stage. It is expected that the capsule will be opened in five years’ time at SHPHK’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the Silver Jubilee.

A highlight of the night was the auctioning of the ‘20th Anniversary Heartwarming Stamp Mini-pane’ which bore the autographs of Ms Janet Wong, designer of the 20th Anniversary logo, and the Society’s past and current presidents. Solicitor Chan Tong won the bid at HKD1,200. The proceeds from the sale would go to the education fund of DERC. The dinner rounded up with dancing sessions, singing performance and a bingo game.

Participants enjoyed a meaningful evening and brought home a 3-in-one ball pen souvenir and the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet.

The Organizing Committee would like to thank the President and other Executive Committee members for their advice and support which had contributed to the enjoyable gala dinner event and other celebratory activities. Of course, without members’ active participation and cooperation, we would not have recorded a success in celebrating our 20th anniversary. Here is the photos of the 20th Anniversary dinner for all of you to enjoy: