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ICM Virtual Fundraising Banquet

International Care Ministries’ Virtual Fundraising Banquet

Raises US$1.72 million for the Ultra-poor in the Philippines

ICM’s Banquet Proved to be “More than a Dream” as it Exceeded Expectations

International Care Ministries (ICM), a non-profit organization that brings transformation to the ultra-poor, held their annual fundraising banquet in Hong Kong to resounding success. The internationally streamed gala, entitled “More than a Dream” raised HK$13.3 million or US$1.72 million, exceeding the amount raised the year before.

In a normal year, ICM’s much anticipated banquet gathers hundreds of Hong Kong’s top executives. But, with COVID-19 putting restrictions on in-person events, ICM’s 2020 banquet went virtual, streaming live from Hong Kong to the world.. The silver lining of online gatherings is that they are open to all; 1600 well-dressed guests from 16 countries participated, including Hong Kong, the Philippines, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Uganda, and Guatemala. 

With restrictions easing slightly in Hong Kong in early October, several hundred guests were also able to gather at the Aberdeen Marina Club (AMC) to watch the live stream together. In compliance with strict social distancing protocols in Hong Kong, the four-person tables were socially distanced and spread out over multiple rooms within the venue. 

The program, broadcast live from a closed room in the AMC, included the highlights that introduced ICM’s work to those who are only learning about it for the first time—but long-time ICM supporters have come to look forward to every year.

“In the midst of crisis, heroes are everywhere.”

ICM’s CEO David Sutherland began his keynote by acknowledging the impact of the virus on ICM’s many plans for 2020 such as opening a dozen new locations across the Philippines and launching ICM’s first international expansion in Uganda. Just as the pandemic had done across the world, it forced ICM to put aside those plans in the face of a more urgent need as ICM pivoted from development to relief operations almost overnight. 

“For the first time in 30 years, the world is going on the wrong direction in the fight against poverty,” Sutherland said.  The World Bank predicted that an extra 150 million people will fall into poverty because of the pandemic.” ICM’s focus is on the ultra-poor and this has been a devastating year for them. Under lockdowns, many had no work, which meant no money, and no food.

Through personal stories, Sutherland showed the need for the people ICM has been reaching. ICM has identified five million specific Filipinos who were in serious need, and has delivered goods to four million so far. Among other relief goods, ICM has distributed 14 million meals, over 200 million seeds, gave two months’ worth of ready-to-eat-food to 18,000 children suffering from malnutrition.

“We are well aware that virtual is much less engaging than live,” Sutherland admitted. “But the poor can’t wait until we gather again. There is more need now than ever before, and we can’t bring solutions without you. So today we are going to ask you to continue your faithfulness, even when we are virtual.”

A Big Moment of Giving

The silent-auction was also conducted online through OpenHeart’s silent auction and pledge system. Registered guests made their bids on beautiful Filipino and international artwork, jewelry, unique travel packages, and experiences. Despite not being able to include travel prizes this year, the auction still raised HK$1.3 million or over US$166,000.

The Moment of Giving, one of the most thrilling highlights of every ICM banquet was, as before, presided over by US national champion auctioneer Kristine Duininck, who logged on from her home in Minnesota. While she was unable to fly to Hong Kong for this year’s banquet, Duininck’s passion and energy was felt around the world. With her encouragement, donors pledged as much as HK$800,000 online, instantly acknowledged and thanked by Duininck as their bidder numbers flashed on screen. 

The pledges made in these few minutes poured in from all over the world, leaving guests at the AMC and online awestruck by the extravagant display of generosity. Twenty-five donors pledged to give HK$80,000 (US$10,000), and their gifts will be “double-matched” by Find Us Faithful, which unlocks HK$3.9 million (US$500,000) of matching funds. 

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced people to keep their distance from each other, but this shared global experience has brought humanity closer. In a year of great need, many have risen to the occasion to help their fellow human beings, be it to someone as close as a neighbor or to as far as a family living in ultra-poverty on the other side of the world. ICM’s first-ever virtual fundraising banquet was a testament to that. 

The amount raised that evening surpassed expectations. The banquet has provided ICM with 20% of the funds needed to meet its annual budget, and reach hundreds of thousands of people living in ultra-poverty. “Our team will need to build on this fantastic start during the remainder of our year,” Sutherland said.

ICM’s work continues as the world transitions to the new normal.

To donate and to learn more about ICM’s work, please log on towww.caremin.com

For videos from the event, you can watch them all on YouTube: 

Countdown Show: https://youtu.be/5JWpTnSJI9I

Banquet: https://youtu.be/MT-0mByKkG4

More than a dream song: https://youtu.be/CKefXqviEsc

RACELLA

RACELLA is a singer-songwriter, composer, and music producer based in Los Angeles. She was born in the small town of Delano, California and was raised in a Filipino Household. Upon receiving her degree from California State Univerity, Bakersfield, she moved to LA to pursue her passion for singing and songwriting. She found herself working with DJ Mormile, Fakework Management (Mike Will Made it, Rae Sremmurd, S1, Swiff D, and YG).

In 2015, Racella got married to her best friend, Cesar. Unfortunately, a few weeks later he got into a catastrophic car accident, which caused him to undergo heart and spinal surgery. He only had a 10% chance of living. The thought of leaving him alone in the hospital was unbearable. She was determined to stay with him until he was ready to go home with her. Instead of succumbing to fear and doubt, she used all her energy on prayer and writing music on the phases and waves they experienced together. She wrote, “Can’t Do This On My Own (CDTOMO)” at the edge of Cesar’s hospital bed. That’s where the WAVES EP was created.

Young Chef Olympiad 2018

The flags are raised and the bugle is calling. The stage is being prepared and the countdown has begun to the world’s biggest culinary extravaganza, International Young Chef Olympiad 2018 (YCO 2018), organized by International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM). Season IV promises to be much bigger and better than the previous ones with more than 50 countries participating. It is scheduled to take place from January 28 to February 2, 2018. Participating in the Young Chef Olympiad is a dream come true for any young chef anywhere in the world who will step into the world of varied tastes and cuisines.

YCO 2018 flagged off with the Lucky Draw held on 9 November, 2017 at The Double Tree by Hilton in London. This curtain raiser event was attended by celebrity chefs who will judge the competition. They are Chef Chris Galvin, Chef John Wood and Chef Enzo Oliveri, who will be the senior judges of Young Chef Olympiad 2018. Also present were Zenobia Nadirshaw and Ron Scott, the adjudicators and Prof David Foskett, the chairman of the jury for the competition. Along with the star judges was Dr Suborno Bose, the chairman of the Young Chef Olympiad 2018 Committee and Ahmed Abdullah, member of the Young Chef Olympiad 2018 Committee and director of IIHM Delhi. On the occasion, Dr Suborno Bose said, “The Young Chef Olympiad was conceptualized as a platform for young chefs-in-training from around the world to interact and showcase their talent. We are glad to see a great response from the international community, who have come together to make this event a great success over the past three editions. We have put India at the centre of the culinary map of the world. In future, we intend to make Young Chef Olympiad bigger with over 100 countries participating in our next edition.”

Through the Lucky Draw, the fifty participating countries were divided into five groups from Group A to E. Young Chef Olympiad is supported by Incredible India, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the various state tourism departments.

About Young Chef Olympiad 2018:

Students are gearing up towards fighting the battle – fork, knife and ladle in hand. The 2018 Olympiad has three rounds as compared to four rounds in previous years. The opening ceremony will be held at Talkatora Stadium in Delhi. The first round of competition for each team will take place in Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. Round II and the Grand Finale is scheduled to take place in Kolkata at the Hyatt Regency and the IIHM campus.

Before the finals, a special event will be organized for all the participants and their mentors. A symposium will be held for mentors at the Hyatt Regency on the penultimate day which will be followed by a special cooking session, not a part of the competition. Called United World of Young Chefs, this event will have each student prepare their national dish. At the end of the evening, the finalists’ names will be announced. The Grand Finale will be held on February 2 from where the winner will be crowned and will receive a cash prize of USD 10,000.

The Judges:

When it is a world-class event, there must be something global or truly international to it. Young Chef Olympiad 2018 will glitter by the presence of 10 celebrity chefs from across the world to see and judge the competition till the end. They will jointly shoulder the responsibility of selecting the winner. The star chefs are Chef Chris Galvin, Chef John Wood, Chef Enzo Oliveri, Prof David Foskett, Zenobia Nadirshaw, Ron Scott, Shaun Kenworthy, Chef Udoleick, Chef Andreas Mueller and Chef Karl Guggenmos.

IIHM’s own team of chef led by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor will also judge the competition. IIHM brand ambassador Chef Ranveer Brar and celebrity Chef Kunal Kapoor will also be present. Other guest judges will include Chef Saurav Sahai, Chef Abhijit Ghosh and Chef Pradip Rosario among others.

About IIHM

IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management) is the largest chain of premier hospitality and hotel management schools across India that started its journey in 1994 at Kolkata. IIHM is a part of Indismart Group, the conglomerate that operates the Indismart Hotels. IIHM campuses are located across eight national and international cities with the associate institute IAM-IHM located in Kolkata, Goa and Guwahati. Students passing out of IIHM are armed with an international degree from the University of West London and equipped with global hospitality skills that enable easy placements in any hospitality brand across the world. IIHM is dedicated to its pursuit of excellence in teaching and placements. Real time experience is the key to success in hospitality and that makes the institute popular. In recent years, IIHM has been instrumental in organizing the Young Chef Olympiad, a unique idea and initiative inviting young culinary talents across the world to participate in the biggest cookery reality shows of all times. The countdown has already begun for the fourth edition, Young Chef Olympiad 2018, slated to take place from January 28 to February 2.

The institute has bagged several prestigious awards in the past 24 years. The list includes the Best Education Brand Award from Economic Times in 2017. IIHM was also awarded as one among the World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA – Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers PL) and also received the Best Institute in Hospitality Education 2017 Award by Assocham from Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. of India.

For more information, please visit: http://www.iihm.ac.in.