Wat Tummaprateip Thai Temple Fundraising Gala
On February 17, Wat Tummaprateip Thai Temple, located in the nation’s capital, held a Cultural Gala Banquet to raise funds for its new Meditation Center. Venue was the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The gala raised over $32,000, Lay Vice President and Director John G. Reed of Wat Tummaprateip reported on February 24. With some 300 at the event, keynote speaker Dr. Anirban Basu and the scintillating performances, it was obviously a success.
Reed said of ballerina Charin Yuthasastrkoso: “This amazing 81-year old woman is a cancer survivor whose optimistic attitude is absolutely infectious! Her performance was breathtaking and fascinating to all of us who watched in amazement as she gracefully glided about the dance floor.”
He added that Ms. Charin is the Guinness World Record holder as the oldest performing ballerina in the world, at age 71.
From left: Phramaha Sakda Thasao, second monk at Wat Tummaprateip; Lay Vice President and Director John G. Reed; Phra Kru Sophon Dhammawitate, Abbot and Chairman of the Board for Wat Tummaprateip; and the keynote speaker, Dr. Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm based in Baltimore, Maryland.