Kuwait, May 22, 2014: Around 450 guests gathered for a noble cause under the banner “Family Dinner for A Cause (FDFC)” a fund raising event for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia – Bahrain. The event was inaugurated by His Grace Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Petar Rajic by lighting a candle in the presence of the clergy and distinguished guests, subtly reminding us of John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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The opening prayer was followed by a recorded address from His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin MCCJ, Vicar General Fr. Mathews Francis OCD and the clergy from Bahrain.
The event was graced by —
The Apostolic Nuncio, H.G. Archbishop Petar Rajic, and Monsignor Ionuţ Paul Strejac, Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature
H.E. Ulrich Frank - Ambassador of Austria
H.E. Grzegorz Olszak – Ambassador of Poland.
H.E. Manyepedza P Lesetedi – Ambassador of Botswana and his wife Lady Simangalesa Lesetedi
H.E. Sunil Jain – Ambassador of the Republic of India and his wife Mrs. Gargi Jain
H.E. Toshihiro Tsujihara – Ambassador of Japan and his wife Mrs. Eriko Tsujihara
H.E. Michael Adler – Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of The United States of America in Kuwait.
The event brought under one room a large number of parishioners of varied nationalities for a gala evening of entertainment, fine dining and animated conversation at the elegant Zumerida Palace – Al-Bida. The event was strewn with entertainment featuring a scintillating and colorful dance performance from the Spanish Community, jazzy Jovas XLNC also excelled with their thunderous and rocking performance. Solo singing sensation Orson D’Souza winner of Gulf Voice of Mangalore enthralled the audience. D-Illusion dance troupe delighted the guests with their harmonized and feisty moves. The Filipino dance troupe Salmiya Pinoy Youth, rendered a classical and captivating performance which drew a tremendous applause.
It was hard to restrain the guests from leaving their seats since live music from Music Touch led by Cassius Gomez, and DJ Marlon was irresistible not to keep feet tapping. The music was so tempting that the man, behind the priest Fr. Gaspar who sphere-headed the event and the organizing committee was seen shaking his leg on the floor much to the delight of the guests and drew a huge and rapturous applause.
FDFC was compered by livewires Russel and Lloyd who kept the crowd thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout the event. The event was interlaced with a ballroom dance competition, games, dance sessions, spot prizes, etc. It was nice to see the guests networking and interacting during the entire event. The novelties were auctioned off at substantial bid price. Guests were seen walking away smiling with a lot of novelties and gifts. The caterers – Ceasars Group ensured they satisfied every palate of even the most fastidious guests.
Fr. Mathews Francis, Vicar General, Fr. Dominic Santamaria and Deacon Sylvester were felicitated for the long years of service in the Holy Family Cathedral.
The evening was wrapped up by the Fr. Gaspar’s vote of thanks. Credit for the success of the event goes out to the Parish Priests of Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City, Our Lady of Arabia, Ahamadi, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Salmiya and St. Daniel Comboni, Abbasiya.
Fr. Gaspar and Mr. Cassy the main coordinator also placed on record the generosity of our major donors M/s Caesars Group and UAGSCO Shipping and Logistics Co and also all the donors who contributed towards this worthy cause.
Fr. Gaspar thanked and conveyed his appreciation to all the members of the organizing committee, Cassius ( Coordinator and Animator) , Yvonne, Dean, Ursula, Jesley, Alexio, Cynthia, Jeffery, Wayne, Conchita, Joaquim, Johnson, Agnello & Peter, who willingly ventured out of their comfort zones to ensure the guests, had a memorable evening. The evening made all participants in the event, organizers, volunteers, donors, guests more confident and committed to achieve our mission to raise funds for the “House of God.”
Report by AJ