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Thank You, Austrian Friends!

On November 12, 2010, the Austrian Embassy in Vietnam hosted a Viennese Charity Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Melia Hotel in Hanoi complete with a live orchestra from Vienna which played lots of beautiful Johann Strauss tunes. The ball was Austria’s contribution to the 1,000-year birthday of Thang Long (Hanoi) and a “first” in the city and in Vietnam. The Embassy  created a special website for the occasion.

The International Committee of the Vietnam Friendship Village (of which VFVP-USA is a member) was very excited to receive the news in early October that the Austrian Ambassador had chosen Vietnam Friendship Village Van Canh as beneficiary of the charity. In addition, delegates who attended our international meeting were treated to a fabulous dinner at the home of the ambassador on October 29.

Dinner attendees

International Committee members from Germany, Japan, France, Canada, USA and Vietnam attended the dinner hosted by Austrian Ambassador Dr. & Mrs. Heindl

We just received word that the ball raised a total of 38,485 Euro, which is equivalent to $52,406! Thank you, Austrian friends! Wouldn’t it be great if the American Embassy followed suit?!

The photo gallery below contains two pictures showing dancers getting fitted several weeks before the event and two of couples lined up on the ballroom floor on the night of the ball.

Happy Holidays from VFVP-USA

Winter solstice greetings to all of our friends and supporters with wishes for a beautiful winter season and happy holidays, wherever you happen to be, however you choose to celebrate. Our Friendship Village USA newsletter — due out in January 2011 — will feature a report from our Oct. 2010 international meeting in Hanoi and a photo spread with all the latest updates, including a brief financial report.

If you want to make a year-end donation to the Vietnam Friendship Village, you may do that through this website (see donate button at lower right) or simply send a check or money order to: VFVP-USA, P.O. Box 599, Arcata, CA 95518. As always, every bit of support is greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!