Xpat Charity Gala: Bonfire Night Party, Marriott Ballroom, Saturday 2 November

You’re invited to ‘Feel Good + Do Good’ at this popular charity gala, which brings together the international community in Hungary – including VIP’s like the British Ambassador.

FirstMed is the Main Sponsor, and also as usual there’ll be virtual fireworks, live music, lots of refreshments, plus a special performance by His Excellency Iain Lindsay with a ‘Charity Choir’.

The international community is again set to unite at this annual British Bonfire Night Party, which supports Hungarian children’s charities; and this year celebrates the 19th birthday of XpatLoop.

By attending this enjoyable + worthwhile charity party you can network + socialise with friendly expats + cosmopolitan locals from Budapest’s business + diplomatic + cultural circles.

Gold Sponsor: BlackRock Hungary

Silver Sponsor: Special Effects International

Supporting Sponsors: AndonikLuxury Project Events, MINISamsung

Venue Sponsor: Budapest Marriott Hotel

Guests of Honour
You! Together with Her Majesty’s Ambassador Iain Lindsay OBE

Charity Choir
To show support for the performance in Hungarian by HMA Lindsay, the following ‘super group’ of Xpat Charity Event supporters – lead by Hans Peterson – will provide backing vocals during a special rendition of the local pop song ‘Jég Dupla Whiskyvel’:

Dennis Diokno, Duncan GrahamJohn HartNeil McGarryPeter GrundbergPaul SlocombeSándor ZwackTamás BotkaTara Siddons-DeightonTony PriorUwe ZimmermannAniko Woods, Kam JanduOtto FeuertagRichard JonesManuela Brode, Ian O’Sullivan, and Stephen Linfitt.

Liquid Refreshments
* Johnnie Walker Black Label:
Bottle on every gala table sponsored by its Hungarian distributor Zwack Unicum,
Bortársaság welcome bubbles by:
Kárásztelek Friza, Kárásztelek Friza Rozé, Etyeki Pláne, Etyeki Pláne Rozé,
* Fine wine tasting:
Attila Cellar from Szomolya, Villa Pátzay from Badacsony, Tamás Dúzsi & his Family’s Winery from Szekszárd, Spiegelberg Artisan Winery from Somló, Belward Winery from Pécs, Szeremley Wine House from Badacsony,
Hedon Craft Beer tasting,
* Márton and Lányai Pálinka tasting,
* GoodSpirit Bar Single-malt whisky tasting,
* Opera Gin Budapest  Hungarian Gin tasting,
Soft Drinks:
Coca-Cola‘s range of products,
* Nespresso selection of coffees,
NaturAqua water.

International Snacks
Arriba Taqueria Mexican salsa & fresh chips,
Good Karma Selection of appetizers (Vegan)
Szomszéd Kertje GastroPub Canapés, and BBQ on ballroom terrace using a Yagoona Grill,
Hillbilly Smokin’ Society BBQ Selection of Pulled Mangalitsa & Smoked Jerk Chicken, with roasted carrots and creamy polenta,
* Marriott Hotel Mini Marriott Burger, Hasselback potatoes, Coleslaw,
Planet Sushi Selection of fresh Japansese maki,
Mr Masala Indian Chicken tikka masala, vegetarian dish, pilau rice,
Okay Italia Authentic Italian pizza,
Wan Hao Chinese delights: Pan-fried bao (Chinese dumpling stuffed with pork, scallion and mushroom) and Pastel de nata (custard tart).
* Triffla Truffle bites,
Noir Chocolate Sweet delights from Erika & Monika Reich.

* Ian O’Sullivan, lead singer of Mongooz and the Magnet, will play a mix of feel-good rhythms, acoustic pop and soul sounds in lounge style.
The Red Line Presents: Steve & Marcello – after last year’s headline Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute performance, singer/guitarist Steve Collison and guitarist Marcello Maruccia return to perform a stripped-down set of Chili Peppers favourites, plus rock and pop tunes.
Ricky Party’n This 7 piece local party band play classic hits from international artists. Their repertoire includes nearly 100 covers, performed in an elegant fashion, creating a great mood to enjoy this gala in style, and dance the night away if you wish. Sponsored by Andonik.
* DJ Woods plays party tunes from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.

Charity Auctions
* The “Deep, Smooth, & Wise” master of ceremonies Hans Peterson will guide proceedings all evening with Zsuzsa Demcsák, and will host a Live Auction and announce the winners of the Silent Auction.
* All proceeds go to local charities supporting children in need, see below for details.

Live Auction Prizes Include
Budapest Marriott Hotel weekend in the Presidential Suite for 2, with Hungarian sparkling wine, breakfast, and Executive Lounge access (value HUF 1,900,000).
Caviar & Bull Restaurant 9 course meal including Caviar for four people (value HUF 300,000).
FirstMed 1 Year Premium Health Plan (value HUF 200,000).
Dez O’Connell‘s classic cocktail class and workshop for 3 people (value HUF 150,000).
* Belgrade City Break: 3 days/ 2 nights package in a 4-star city center hotel with breakfast, sightseeing and a traditional Serbian dinner (Value HUF 130,000).
* Budapest Airport VIP Package for two people via BUD:VIP service partner (value HUF 125,000).

Silent Auction Prizes Include
* New York Palace Hotel Budapest 1 night stay in the Presidential Suite for 2 people with breakfast (value HUF 1 million).
* The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abama 4 nights stay in a Citadel Deluxe Resort View Room for 2 people (value HUF 460,000).
Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Istria Croatia Hotel, 2 nights stay in a Deluxe Room for 2 people including breakfast (value HUF 214,000).
Uncensored by Caviar&Bull 2 prizes of Full Degustation Menu for two (value HUF 130.000 per prize)
Corinthia Budapest 2 nights in an Executive Room with Executive Club & Royal Spa access (value HUF 200,000).

Free Business Card Draw Prizes Include
Goodies from BrodyLand , Budapest Airport, CostesGood Spirit BarMagnolia Day Spa, Hungarian National Opera HouseTrattoria Toscana, Adam Goodman. and more…

Entrance Fee 
* Donation upon arrival of HUF 12.500, or more, per person.
* Guest may book a gala table for 8 people in advance for HUF 100.000, payable by bank transfer.
* Official donation receipts available, for event efficiency please request in advance if needed.

Welcome gift
* Complimentary pass worth HUF 20.000+ to the Fitness & Health Club by Marriott Budapest for 1 week.
* Newly refurbished & fully equipped gym for training, plus sauna, steam bath + jacuzzi for relaxation.


Registration: Please RSVP asap via email by clicking here 

* In case of any technical issues please email info(at)xpatloop.com
* Guests registered on a ‘first come first served’ basis, everyone on the official guest list will be notified by email about their confirmed place prior to the event.


Key Details
* Age: 18+
* Dress: Smart Casual – Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion if they wish.
* Timing: registration 6-6.30pm, welcome drinks 6-7pm, welcome speech at 7pm, charity choir 7.20pm, buffet dinner with live music 7.30-8.30pm, live auction 8.30-9pm, live band & dancing 9-10pm, free card draw 10pm, live band & more dancing from 10.15pm onwards, farewell at 12.30pm.
* Where: Grand Ballroom, Marriott Budapest Hotel, 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4.

Event Theme
The virtual bonfire & fireworks display film at this event are in keeping with the British tradition of Bonfire Night, AKA Guy Fawkes Night, which is held annually in the UK to mark the anniversary of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605.

United We Support These Hungarian Children’s Charities

UNICEF Hungary: works to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

Magic Lamp Wish Granting Foundation (Csodalampa): helps 3-18 year old children suffering from a life-threatening illnesses. Gabor Patzauer, Founder & President of Csodalampa, “Our team is greatly honoured that its mission of granting 260-300 wishes per year for very ill children is supported by XpatLoop.com readers, thank you!”

Young People in Need (Rászoruló Fiatalok) Non-Profit Organisation: focuses on solutions to emotional abuse of Hungarian children up to the age of 18, this non-profit also supports other local charities helping children in need – including the ones named above and more.

Event Media Partners
Budapest Business JournalBritish Chamber of Commerce in HungaryBudapest Times

Photo & Video Partners
Thanks to Russell Skidmore, Marcus SchirrmacherTom Szelpal,  Jason Leung – see below for vid from 2018.

* Important Note: Still and moving images will be taken at this event, and by participating guests consent to these images being taken and published by the organizing partners.

Special Thanks To
British Embassy, Endorphine Flowers, InfoGuide, Lamay Thai MassageProhumanEmőke LőrincNóra Szegedi, and Bitia Berta.

source: https://www.xpatloop.com/channels/2019/specials/xpat-party-for-charity-budapest-marriott-ballroom-2-november.html