Miss Universe charity auction to open in HCMC
(R-L) Miss Vietnam Thuy Lam, Miss USA Crystle Stewart and Vietnam’s first runner-up Thien Ly pose at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport on Tuesday

All the Miss Universe contestants will appear together for the first time next Monday, June 23, at a Thanh Nien charity auction and gala dinner in Ho Chi Minh City.

The beauties will auction off about 50 gifts, which they have brought from their home countries, to raise money for disadvantaged Vietnamese students.

The auction will be divided into four shifts, with no starting prices and over 400 participating guests present to bid.

A large painting signed by the 81 beauties will be auctioned at the gala, which is sponsored by Four Seasons group, Nghia Pincers Mechanic Company, and Sheraton Hotel.

(L-R) Miss Russia, Miss Ukraine and Miss Guam on their arrival at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport on Tuesday

The event, to be held at the five-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel in District 1, will also present the contestants joining in performances and dancing with famous local entertainers.

The show director, Vu Thanh Vinh, said, “We aim to create a cozy and friendly atmosphere for the multi-national representatives to feel at ease with one another and enjoy the hospitality of Vietnamese culture.”

Anyone interested in attending the gala and auction to raise funds for Nguyen Thai Binh Scholarship Fund, please contact Thanh Nien Communications JSC, 287 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Dist. 11, or call (08) 866 9842.

In related news, tickets for the June 24, HCMC Hoa Binh Theater, Charming Ao dai show, in which the 81 women will parade in Vietnamese traditional long tunics, are available for VND150,000-750,000 (US$9-45) at 240 Ba Thang Hai Street, Dist. 10 or at 248 Cong Quynh St., Dist. 1.

Reported by Do Tuan – Da Ly