Titanic atmosphere for 100th anniversary
Updated: 2012-04-14 07:47
By Xu Xiao (China Daily)
Hans Loontiens, general manager of Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, dresses up as captain. Provided to China Daily
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first and last voyage of the Titanic, the Beijing and Tianjin cluster of Marriott Hotels in Beijing recreated a first-class meal served on the ship.
The event celebrated the fabled ship and also brought together a large number of donors for an auction to benefit the charitable association Operation Smile.
Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a nonprofit medical organization that provides free cleft lip and palate surgery to children worldwide, assists other doctors to reach self-sufficiency with the surgeries, and works to reduce the occurrence of cleft lips and palates.
Guests to the party were asked to dress like people in the movie Titanic. Fine hats, lace suits, boots and other exquisite outfits from the Edwardian Era could be found during the event.
Carrying first-class tickets, guests were immersed in the music from the movie along with warm candlelight and fine food recreated to take them back a century to a ship that would become legendary.
Items on auction included Davidoff cigars, designer jewelry, limited-edition handbags, fine wines, several nights stay at Marriott Hotels and resorts, and air tickets to Kuala Lumpur.
The event raised 192,761.79 yuan ($ 30,601) that will be used for life-changing surgery on 38 children. Each surgery costs about 5,000 yuan, according to Operation Smile information.
A charity golf day will be held in May to continue support for the charitable work, said the event's planners.
(China Daily 04/14/2012 page13)