AMCHAM’s Governors’ Gala Dinner Raises 873,000 Baht to Fund Scholarships for Thai Students in Need

AMCHAM’s Governors’ Gala Dinner Raises 873,000 Baht to Fund Scholarships for Thai Students in Need

On September 10, 2022, at the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) hosted the Governors’ Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner is one of AMCHAM’s signature social events, bringing together the international business community to celebrate the service and dedication of the 2022 AMCHAM Board of Governors. During the course of the festive evening, members raised funds and awareness for the long-standing AMCHAM scholarship program.

This year’s theme was 1920’s Speakeasy. The guests were welcomed by AMCHAM President Jeff Nygaard, Executive Vice President of Operations & Technology of Seagate Technology. “AMCHAM has changed a lot since we last hosted this event in April 2019, modernizing our offering, going virtual for events, strengthening our community and financial position, and facilitating a robust relationship through regular engagements with the Royal Thai Government. AMCHAM’s mission stays mainly business focused and our network of members is growing rapidly. While we recognize the AMCHAM Thailand Board of Governors tonight, we also raise money for the AMCHAM Thailand Foundation Scholarship Program.”

Gwen Cardno, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok, addressed members at the start of the evening, while visiting dignitary Marisa Lago, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, presented gifts to past AMCHAM President Gregory Bastien and retiring Board Governor and past AMCHAM President Harold Vickery. Other highlights of the evening included a charity raffle, silent auction, a charity game, and live musical performances. The silent auction was filled with excitement as members bid on over 60 fantastic prizes, from getaways, to jewelry to furniture and appliances, donated by AMCHAM members, to raise money for the AMCHAM Thailand Foundation (ATF) Scholarship program. Over 873,000 baht was raised to support deserving and financially disadvantaged Thai students to pursue their university education in Thailand.

Special thanks to the event's sponsors: AMCHAM Platinum Sponsors: Agoda, Amazon, Citibank, Chevron, Meta, Netflix, and Seagate. AMCHAM Gold Sponsors: C.P. Group, Ford Motor Company, International School Bangkok, Johnson & Johnson, Minor International, Mastercard, RMA Group, Western Digital, and WHA Group. AMCHAM Silver Sponsors: Aetna, Amata Corporation, American Axle & Manufacturing , Bangkok Hospital, Bangkok Patana School, Boonrawd Brewery, BorgWarner, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola , Dow Thailand Group, Esso, FedEx, Jelly Belly, McThai, Panda USA, PCS Security and Facility Services, and Pfizer. Silent Auction, Game, and Raffle Sponsors: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, 3M, Aleenta Hua Hin, Aleenta Phuket, Amari Phuket, Amatara Wellness Resort Phuket, Anantara Hua Hin, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Anantara Siam, Anantara Spa, Arribas Brothers, Avani+ Khao Lak, Avani+ Mai Khao, BASIS International School Bangkok, Blender Batch, Boonrawd Brewery, Capella Bangkok, Caterpillar, Centara Reserve Samui, Central Food Retail, Chandon, Chevron, Citibank, COBRA, Eastern & Oriental Express, Esso, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Fusion Original Saigon Center (Vietnam), Fusion Resort Cam Ranh (Vietnam), GLOW Mira Karon Beach, GP Strategies, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Hilton Pattaya, Holiday Inn Pattaya, Holiday Inn Silom, Hotel Baraquda Pattaya, Hotel Indigo Bangkok, Jelly Belly, Kantary Hills Chiang Mai, Kimpton Maa-Lai, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Le Meridien Chiangrai, Le Meridien Phuket, L'Oreal Thailand, Mattel, Nichada Properties, Oriental Residence, Pernod-Ricard, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Pullman Bangkok King Power, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, Raja's Fashions, Rajawongse Clothier, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside, Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa, RMA Group, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Samitivej Hospital, Seagate, Shangri-La Bangkok, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Siam Kempinski Hotel, Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok, St. Regis Bangkok, Stanley Black & Decker, The Landmark Bangkok, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa, The Naka Island Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, The Pavilions Phuket, The Peninsula Bangkok, Tilleke & Gibbins, TopGolf Thailand, Vana Belle Luxury Collection Koh Samui, Viboon Kromadit from Amata Corporation, Western Digital, and WHA Group.


The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. With 3,000 members representing over 600 American, Thai, and other international companies, AMCHAM is a leading international business association in Thailand. Member companies have cumulatively invested over 50 billion US dollars in Thailand and provided more than 200,000 local jobs.

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