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Going for a song

A royal gown was among the delightful items auctioned for charity by the NewsMakers Group

Published on November 11, 2007

Socialites and celebrities doubled as vendors and buyers at the second annual clutter sale organised recently by the NewsMakers Group at the ballroom of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, raising Bt389,300 for the Oncological Society of Thailand, which will go towards cancer research.

More than 40 booths offered a wide range of products, including clothes, accessories, books, toys, sports gear, kitchenware and various home decor items, both new and slightly used and starting from as little as Bt20.

There was also a corner selling brand-name items donated by well-known personalities at low prices. Among those contributing goods to the event were Bilaibhan Sampatsiri, Rapeepan Luangaramrut, Atchara Tejapaibul, Intira Thanavisuth, ML Poomchai Chumbala, Chitramont Techapaibul, Tipaporn Ajanant, Vee Mar, Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich, Khunying Tipyavadi Pramoj and Supornthip Chuangrangsi as well as expatriate members of international women's groups.

The highlight was a silent auction  offering some rare and valuable items. These included an exquisite blue lace gown from HRH Princess Petcharat Rajasuda Sirisophanavadee, a gold ring from Thanpuying Putrie Viravaidya, a piece of light blue Thai silk fabric with gold weave, a stupa made of bronze from the North of Thailand and a wooden decorative piece painted in gold from Four Seasons Hotel.

ML Poomchai bid the highest for the princess's blue lace gown while Khunying Thipyavadi won the painting donated by Dr Sumet Jumsai. Meanwhile Kathleen Carden bid for the cream fabric donated by Khunying Natthika Angubongkul and Sher Sing took home the wooden decorative piece of Four Seasons Hotel.

Siriyakorn "Oom" Pukkavesa donated clothes, which sold in just 15 minutes - a record breaker.

The Newsmakers Group is a collective of media and public relations professionals as well as prominent personalities intent on contributing to society. Members include Thailand Tattler editor Naphalai Areesorn; MR Usnisa Sukhsvasti and Prapai Kraisornkovit, editors of Outlook and Real Time sections of the Bangkok Post; freelance writer Cora Sukhyanga; interior designer ML Poomchai; managing director of Sing Sian Yit Pao Chinese daily Netra Ruthaiyanont; director of public relations of Oriental Hotel Somsri Harnsiriswasdi; corporate PR and communications director of Dusit Hotels Lalana Santo; and public relations manager of Four Seasons Hotel Annabelle Daokaew.

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