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For Americans all over the world, Thanksgiving is an important holiday to gather with family and friends to catch up and celebrate all the good things they have in life.

For many years, AmCham Hong Kong members have come together annually with colleagues and friends for a Thanksgiving holiday luncheon filled with great food, wine, and conversations.

“Five years ago, the Chamber started expanding this holiday event,” says Richard Vuylsteke, AmCham president. “As our advocacy activities increased, we decided to invite Hong Kong Government officials from various departments to join the Thanksgiving Luncheon as our guests. It made good sense for us to use this happy occasion to thank the officials with whom we interacted face-to-face during the previous year or so.”

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This year held at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 250 members and guests – including more than 40 Hong Kong Government officials dined on traditional Thanksgiving offerings including oven-roasted turkey, roasted vegetables, and apple pie, all paired with fine wine.

AmCham frequently invites Hong Kong officials to speak at AmCham events, participate in roundtable discussions, and meet with AmCham committees on many of the advocacy issues deemed important to the Chamber and its members. “We have a strong, constructive relationship with the government and are truly thankful for this useful interaction,” Vuylsteke says.

During this year’s luncheon, AmCham Charitable Foundation Chairman James Sun presented the 2015 Ira Dan Kaye Community Service Award to Mike and Kay Rawbone, founders of the local charity Sailability, for their wonderful work in helping those in need in Hong Kong.

In addition, an Honorary Ira Dan Kaye Community Service Award was presented for the first time to Charita ble Foundation Trustee and past AmCham Chairman James E. Thomp son in recognition of his extraordinary dedication and contributions to the community over many years.

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