This year’s annual XpatLoop birthday bash in the Corinthia’s Grand Ballroom will be supporting UNICEF Hungary, Lions Club of Budapest and the local
Csodalámpa (Magic Lamp) Foundation, which since 2003 has acted on more than 2686 wishes by 3- to 18-year-old Hungarian children who have life-threatening illnesses.
The big night promises lots of drinks, a selection of international food, and some surprises. The guest(s) of honour are Anne Zwack, who will bring what is described as a “monumental bottle” of Unicum Szilva, and the main sponsor is FirstMed.
The party is a great opportunity for social networking, as hundreds of people always attend this annual event, and confirmed guests this year are Adam Goodman, the owner and producer of Mid Atlantic Films; Dennis Diokno, the managing director of FirstMed; Jean Pierre Mifsud, the general manager of Corinthia Hotel Budapest; Levend Arisoy, country manager at Turkish Airlines; and Wendy Dorman-Smith, chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Ireland. Master of Ceremonies will be Gábor Herendi.
Music will be by DeeJay Mahogany, who is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Wine tasting will feature 30 varieties from eight Hungarian vineyards including Frittmann, Hilltop, Pannon Tokaj, Twickel and Kertész. Whisky tasting will see single malts provided by Whiskynet.hu. Pálinka tasting will be courtesy Sándor Zwack Nobel Pálinka and Zwack Címeres Pálinka.
Food sponsors are Mr Masala Indian Restaurant (chicken tikka masala, a vegetarian dish, pilau rice), Okay Italia (selection of pizza), Iguana Mexican Bar & Grill (house salsa with fresh chips), Planet Sushi (selection of maki), Trattoria Toscana, Expatshop.hu (hummus and dips), Zsófia cruise ship (Hungarian open sandwiches, traditional gulyás soup) and Clark Picnic (Hungarian chimney cake). Bonbonier will offer guests award-winning chocolates.
Charity auction items include two Turkish Airlines tickets to anywhere in the world, with destinations including Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, San Francisco and São Paulo; also a Danube cruise for 200 people on Zsófia cruise ship, a special package from Gundel Restaurant, and a painting by Júlia Odin Végh.
Raffle prizes are being provided by Adam LeBor, Bortársaság, Caledonia Pub, CityTaxi, ExpatShop.hu, Whiskynet.hu, CinemaCity, Arriba Taqueria, and others. Anyone wishing to donate a prize can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Linfitt (pictured), publisher of XpatLoop.com and organiser of this annual charity event, told The Budapest Times: “We’re very grateful to all event supporters. It’s heart warming how each year we all come together to support Hungarian children in need via trusted local charities. Hundreds of expats have already registered, so there are now only about 50 places left available.”
Attendees all make a donation of HUF 5000 in support of the three charities. Remember, remember the 5th of November, and that guests must RSVP to get on the list via the invitation on the front page of www.XpatLoop.com
Corinthia Hotel Budapest,
Erzsébet körút 43, District VII
Thursday November 5
Arrivals from 6.30pm,
official welcome at 7pm,
farewell at 10.30pm
Dress: smart casual