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JESTERS GALA PARTY NIGHT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF CARING FOR KIDS

On Saturday night 9th September the Hall of Fame at Hard Rock Hotel was the venue for Jesters Care for Kids 6th annual Gala Party. For the 200 guests it was one to remember, starting quietly with welcome drinks and nibbles in the foyer where commemorative shirts and raffle tickets were on sale. The evening proper got underway with background music from Jayson on the keyboards as the food was served followed a welcoming speech from Lewis (Woody) Underwood.

The purpose of the evening of course was to raise funds and the formula, supply good food and drink and top class entertainment. On the food side Hard Rock certainly did that. As for the entertainment when you have a world class Rocker in Ron (Bumblefoot) Thal as the headline act you are almost home free. Bumblefoot as he is universally known has been in the business for more than 30 years. Eight of those years were as lead guitar with Guns and Roses and more recently the band Art of Anarchy and a busy solo career.

He is also no stranger to the charity scene lending support to Multiple Sclerosis groups, Wildlife Foundations and others. Jesters Care for Kids can be proud that he recognized the work they do and chose to support them.

 Of course one act does not make the night, local radio personality Tommy Dee managed emcee duties, while John Collingbourne conducted the auction. Brian Thomas and his Band supplied the dance music until closing.

The auction conducted over two sessions saw much spirited and generous bidding for items with mainly sports and music memorabilia attracting the most attention, many other items were available by way of a silent auction.

First prize in the Grand Raffle a PCX motor scooter was won by Gator who had won this on two previous occasions, so he generously declined to accept a third and opted to have the prize auctioned, this resulted in raising an additional 75,000 baht.

To top off the entertainment programme, Brian Thomas and his band played dance music till late.

A full list of prize winners and auction details can be found on our website at the end of this article. With the fund-raising activities over the partying continued at steady pace and the evening judged a huge success.

These events cannot be staged without the efforts of few for the benefit of many, so thanks go to the Jesters Care for Kids committee, the first class entertainers, management and staff of Hard Rock, and most importantly the sponsors and donors without whom none of these events would be possible.

 The primary focus of Jester Care for Kids is to assist disabled and disadvantaged children gain access to education, special schooling and safe shelter. It would have been hard to imagine 20 years ago when Jesters Care for Kids first began that at last reckoning over 88 million baht has been distributed to various orphanages care centres and schools in our local community a fantastic achievement.

To all who have participated along the journey THANK YOU!

How you cared for the kids in 2016

JESTERS CARE FOR KIDS CHARITY DRIVE 2017:
Sponsored by the Bistro
Our Main Event: Gala Party Night, Saturday 9th at the Hard Rock Hotel

“HOW YOU CARED FOR NEEDY CHILDREN IN 2016”

Thank you once again for helping us to raise, 3,783,617 baht, or 94.4 %, of the net, which was distributed to children’s charities mostly on the Eastern Seaboard. With your assistance, we can continue to help poor children from abuse, provide educational opportunities, including for the disabled.
The following projects were supported by your donations last year:
OUR TARGET CHARITY: THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE CENTER IN NAKLUA (1,561,500 baht): Under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Foundation (Registered Charity No.Tor 460/2543), we provide children with documentation, life orientation, education, meals, medical/dental care, and ultimately, scholarships for public schools.
NEXT STEP PROGRAM: We provide children with scholarships to enter public schools, as well as for young adults to attend vocational colleges and universities.
• This spring, 29 children from the Fountain of Life Center enrolled in public school: kindergarten-9, primary-17, secondary-7,.and high school-6.
• Since 2009, there have been 14 university graduates, including one who completed his Masters in Law, Following in their steps are 5 candidates presently working on their Bachelor degrees and 4 in vocational college.
CAMILLIAN HOME IN LAT KRABANG (650,000 baht): In a joint venture with the Canadian Jackalope Open (CJO), we provide the 24/7 care for two severely disabled HIV-infected children, and third child with cerebral palsy.
CAMILLIAN SOCIAL CENTER IN RAYONG (44,350 baht): Along with CJO
BAN JING JAI FOUNDATION (210,000 baht): We provide a monthly stipend towards the food costs for 75 orphans plus help furnishing new premises.
SHARE LOVE WITH FRIENDS IN NONG PRUE (210,500 baht): We provide monthly rice distributions to poor families with disabled children, including wheelchairs, walking aids and modifications to motorbikes with sidecars.
KHAO BAISRI SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR THE DISABLED IN SATTAHIP (70,000 baht): We provide monthly stipend for basic necessities and through the Women with a Mission (WWM) provide training teachers for the autistic.
ANTI-TRAFFICKING AND CHILD ABUSED CENTER (ATCC) IN NONG PRUE (34,650 baht): We provided scholarships for four children to go to public school.
BAN CHANG HOSPITAL OUTREACH PROGRAM (56,000 baht): We provide assistance to poor children cases, as well as school uniforms and supplies, in cooperation with Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC).
BILLABONG GOLF TOURNAMENT (7000 baht): We donated to their cause of benefitting Down syndrome children.
CHILDREN'S FAIR EVENT SHIRTS (126,000 baht): We donated 420 event
CHILDREN'S FAIR COUPONS FOR PROJECT CHILDREN (19,390 baht): We provided kids with passes to play games, rides and activities free of cost.
YWCA (45,500 baht): We sponsor their fund-raiser ‘Run/Walk Event’ for needy children.

JCD 2017 Te at Camillian Home