"Celebration Of Asia Week"— Asia Society Kicks Off Asia Week in New York with Festive Benefit on March 10

Asia Society is kicking off Asia Week in New York City this spring with an exciting new signature benefit event to be held on Tuesday, March 10, "A Celebration of Asia Week." Celebrated Tony-Award winning actor BD Wong will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening, which will feature unique cultural performances, chic cocktail receptions, private exhibition viewings, and an elegant Collectors’ Dinner for Patrons or festive "Bangkok Nights" supper club with dancing for Young Patrons.

A live auction will transport guests to exotic Asian locales with several extraordinary journeys on offer, the highlight of which is the "Thailand Dream Excursion." Crafted by longtime supporters Joan and Edward Marcus, this multi-sensory experience of a lifetime to Thailand offers unparalleled luxury, serenity, mystical explorations of the countryside, culinary delights, and regal pampering. The Tourist Authority of Thailand and the Consul General of Thailand in New York have assisted in the creation of this truly unique opportunity.

All guests of the Celebration will receive a Golden Pass, an exclusive insider’s ticket to nearly 20 private gallery previews, curator-led tours, auction house viewings, lectures, and other exceptional events during Asia Week in New York City. Held March 11-20, Asia Week attracts top dealers and collectors of some of the most important Asian art on the market from around the globe.

"I am delighted that many of the art dealers who were part of the International Asian Art Fair have decided to come together for Asia Week and our Celebration of Asia Week event," said Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai. "The week will be packed with dazzling art and events to delight any art enthusiast. Asia Society is pleased to partner with our long-time colleagues again by organizing a not-to-be-missed dinner opening Asia Week."

Attire for the evening is Asian chic or national dress. Tickets for the event are $1,000 for Collectors Dinner and $225 for the Young Patrons (age 40 and under) "Bangkok Nights Supper Club." For tickets, please call (212) 517-ASIA, and for information about the events please call (212) 327-9335. Visit www.asiasociety.org/asiaweekbenefit for updates on the Benefit’s special guests, VIP Golden Pass, and more details on the Thailand trip.

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Elaine Merguerian, 212-327-9271.