The turnout last night was phenomenal! The lines flowed out the door and onto the streets, the beer taps ran dry, no could hear the raffle winners’ names, and the BBQ queue was unbelievable… but, beautifully, no one seemed to care.
Much to our surprise and delight, 728 people attended the Benefit BBQ and contributed 131,040 RMB. (One manager who has worked at Sasha’s for years, said she has never seen that many people there at one time.) We also received 9,424 RMB in extra donations from those that bought more raffle tickets and people that donated over 180 RMB for their BBQ. That total of 140,464 RMB was matched 50% by an anonymous donor. Additionally, Zapata’s raised 17,640 RMB in a party later that evening.
All those numbers add up to a grand total of 228,336 RMB or over 32,800 USD, ALL of which will go towards the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (not the “Foundation for Charity Alleviation“ that some of you saw in your emails 😉 ).
A great big thank you to Sasha’s outstanding manager, Steven Burns, who was such a pleasure to work with, and his amazing managers, Kiki and Kate, and staff (many came in on their day off to volunteer for the event last night)! Also, Glory, the meat supplier, and Stella Artois, the beer supplier, donated a huge amount of food and drinks for the event!
Our gratitude goes out to companies that provided their services:
Daedalum Films: Video for the benefit
Hill and Knowlton: PR services
International Channel Shanghai: Benefit TV Coverage
Yue Foundation: Photography services (Pictures will be on our Facebook page and website soon!)
We also greatly appreciate Hands on Shanghai directors and volunteers: Rich Brubaker, Fang Hui, Katie Howe, Peter Tan, and Sung Park. You can still volunteer to go to Sichuan province to help with Hands on Chengdu. They are looking for volunteers to help anywhere from one week to one year.
Additionally, we are very grateful to Shanghaiist’s friends and partners who got pulled into the benefit organizational madness: Bliss Khaw, Laurence King, Sam Braybon (poor guy thought he was coming to the BBQ for the free flow Stella) and Dylan Chen.
In all the charity frenzy, we still have a lot of unclaimed prizes. Check the list of our generous donors to see if your name is there! To collect your prize at Sasha’s you will need your ID. Also, if you want to try to swap your gift with other winners (after you collect it), leave a comment for each other below this post.
Fabulous donors and unclaimed prize winners:
American Craft Beer Partners: 1 case each of Rogue American Amber Ale, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, and Rogue Guy Ale
Mark Andrews-Amber Ale, Christoph Grasi- Guy Ale
Andy Campell Photography: Autographed print of Zhang Liangwei
Anonymous donor: 50% matching funds
Bakerzin: Ten 100RMB vouchers
Vicky Su, Jia Guo Rui, Cardia Vegler, Sean Xiong
“Circus Night” Fashion Show: 4 Tickets to event. Valued at 100rmb each.
Classic travel: 500RMB voucher for international travel.
Dragonfly: 1-Everlasting Romance Massage Package and 1-Facial treatment. Valued at over 1,900RMB.
Mariam Gross-Facial Treatment
Dyrberg/Kern: Five pieces of fashion jewelry valued at over 5,000RMB
Michael Hampton-Earrings, Christopher & Samila Cecilia Crawford- Pendant Necklace, Jamie Barys- Black resin necklace
Eastern Empire Distributing: 3 bottles of premium Russian Vodka
Kaitlin Kluepfel, Patrick Mc Govern
Eno: 10 shirts. Valued at 1600RMB.
Alexander Andersson, James Creegan, Jeremy Searls, Herbert Engels, Bryce Roberts, Tiffany Chang, Hsiao Liu, Edward Park
Force 8 Cellars: 1 bottle of saffron gin, vodka, and wine.
Ken Jarrett- Cape North Vodka
Glory: BBQ Meat
Greenovate and Jooi Design: 4 Reuse.bags valued at 100RMB each.
Tracy Huang, Mat Erwin, Leia Li, Andrew Cheung
Hotel Equatorial: One night weekend stay in a Club room. Valued at 3,000rmb.
House of Flour: Two 1kg cake vouchers with value of 200rmb each and 600rmb worth of gift certificates.
Michael McGrath, Charles Gillespie, Jarret Wrisley, Dave Pritcherd, Aric Queen, Edward Park, Graham Thompson
Howard Johnson Hotel Zhangjiang Shanghai:
Two 10 (after seeing our huge turnout, they decided to donate 8 more vouchers!) Prestige Hotel Suite Vouchers. Valued at over 2,500rmb each.
Brandon Frerking, Robert Dubsky, Will Kao
Justbeer.cn: 5 cases of Fosters Beer and 2 cases of Crown Beer. Valued at over 2,100
Angela Kirk (Fosters), Raymond Chong-yu Fung (Crown)
King Harvest: Shanghai Street photo album 10 pcs valued at RMB2900, Siemens coffee pot 10 pcs valued at RMB10000, and Schwarzkopf got2b hair styling product 40 pcs valued at RMB2400.
Photo albums- Louis Terdan, Alaster Taylor, Jenny Brake, Rosa Nunez, Lei Liu, Stephen Jacques, Sam Foreman, Anthony Gedeon, Tom Herbert, Wenli Liao
Launch Bags: 5 Designer bags
Live Mic Musical: 2 pairs of free tickets for their upcoming concerts valued at 80mb each.
Helen Phung, Patrick Kerzic (For event this weekend!)
Manifesto.com.cn: Ten 50RMB vouchers.
Lynn Yekiazarian, Joanna Shan, Michi Ishihara, Randall Eastman, Debbie Lee, Nick Bihun
Mekong River Vietnamese Restaurant:
10 20 (they also generously increased their donation) 200RMB vouchers.
Mark Williams, Cindy Woolford, Kaitlin Kluepfel, Alex cureton-Griffiths, Jamie Lin, Rebekah Pothaar, Rohan a’Beckett, Amonshaka Dalseirre, Ryan Pollack, Tracy Mu Sung, Mark (Anh-Thy) Tobin, Scott Spirit, Mercedes Huarte, William Moody, Rita Li, David Bortz, Cici dong, Allison Forsyth, Julia Li
Merry Edwards Wines: 4 bottles of California Wines. Valued at 700rmb each.
Montpelier: Aspara Spa package valued at 1300RMB
Ocean’s Bridge: Framed 20X24 inch portrait of your choice.
Brett Cooper (Please email [email protected] for voucher)
PAW Vet Clinic: 1,000rmb voucher for pet dental services.
Sasha’s Restaurant and Bar: BBQ venue, staff, food, and much time and energy from their outstanding manager- Steven Burns!
Shanghai Pie Company: 3 x 200RMB vouchers for pies
Elizabeth Richter, Robb Spitzer, Neil Collins
Shanghai Studio: 2 Bottles sparkling wine
Shanghaiist: The highly sought after, vintage Shanghaiist t-shirts.
Silport David Leadbetter Golf Academy: Two 1hr golf lesson certificates. Valued at 800 RMB each.
Southern Barbarian Yunnan Food: Two 500RMB vouchers.
Alex Ayalin, Yingmeng Yu
Stella Artois: BBQ Beer
twocities: 1,000RMB voucher towards any art or jewelry.
Last, but not least, thank you to each and every one of you that contributed to the Benefit for Earthquake Victims and helped make it such an incredible success!