11 Feb ACJC 2019 Chinese New Year Banquet at the Valley
ACJC 2019 LUNAR NEW YEAR BANQUET PLEASED EVERYONE
Glasses clinked with bursts of festive cheers, lion dancers danced in lock – step with the thundering beat of a drum, energetic Shalin Monks in spinning summersaults to amazing feats, fan dancers synchronised each and every graceful move they made. Yes, itwas the brilliantly colourful Chinese New Year celebratory dinner at Moonee Valley.
Incorporating the best of traditional acts and cuisine and bringing the spectacular dinner to life on Friday, 8 February was the collaborative work of the host Moonee Valley Racing Club, the sponsor Alinta Energy, with the support of the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria and the Australian Chinese Jockey Club (ACJC).
The ACJC CNY Banquet at the Celebrity Room was filled with nearly 600 VIPs and distinguished guests, including ACJC members, guests of our official partner in Racing Victoria, corporate member in Alinta Energy and host Moonee Valley Racing Club. The entertaining evening sets the benchmark as the biggest and most glamorous Chinese New Year party on a Melbourne race track – ever.
ACJC is proud having our corporate member, Alinta Energy supporting our Chinese New Year celebrations by committing to being a major partner of The Valley for the night and the next two years Chinese New Year events. Alinta Energy is the fastest growing energy retailer in Australia and provides energy to more than 1million Australian homes.
The dinner party was filled with entertainment with alluring traditional Chinese fan dancers, high-spirited Chinese drums performance, and the amazing Shaolin Monk flash mob. One of the highlights was the dazzling LED lion dance display, which was sponsored by our member Paul Carrazzo’s Carrazzo Consulting.
We used the evening doing some good work supporting emerging pilots. ACJC is proud having raised $6,300 for our charity partner, RMIT Sarah’s Dream Scholarship, which awards $10,000 to an exemplary aviation student who has successfully completed the first year of flight training and requires financial support. We were honoured to have partnered with RMIT in this very worthy cause.
A crowd of about 5,500 racegoers flocked to The Valley for the Chinese cultural event with traditional cuisine, amazing cultural performances, red packets giveaway by god of fortune, live music entertainment, 1-tonne of lucky rice giveaways by SunRice in Chinese New Year scenes rarely seen on a racetrack.
Like everyone, we thoroughly enjoyed the marvellous celebration with fond memories of welcoming the Year of the Pig. We like to invite you to join us for the next CNY celebratory banquet when we welcome the Year of the Rat, in style.