Guests enjoying the gala dinner

SIS Gala hosts a superbowl

The SIS Spring Gala on 27 May proved to be not only an enjoyable occasion but raised a sizeable sum for the SIS Spirit Fund too. The total figure raised, 366 226 SEK surpassed the amount raised at our inaugural Gala in 2022 where we celebrated our 70th anniversary.

Though far from being the most expensive lot on offer, the star of the show was definitely the Singing Bowl from Nepal. Brad Roets, who brought the bowl back on the last Nepal Project visit, took to the stage to explain its provenance and how such bowls are hand-crafted in a process using intense heat and a metal worker’s experience and skill.

Brad also demonstrated the powerful resonance and purity of sound which the bowl generates on being struck. The room was spellbound and when bidding commenced moved rapidly to a magnificent winning bid of 17 000 SEK.

A little playful diplomatic rivalry caught the audience’s imagination too. Following a successful bid of 10 000 SEK securing afternoon tea with the British Ambassador, a spontaneous offer from the US Ambassador to enjoy coffee and donuts at the US embassy quickly achieved 21 000 SEK. I hope the coffee is strong!

As the sun set the auction concluded and the dance floor beckoned. We’re already looking forward to our next gala occasion in 2024.

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