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Celebration of Malaysia S A T U R D A Y , J U N E 19, 2010

Inspiring our Community to Understand Global Issues and Cultures in an Ever Changing World MIC has 501(c)(3) status & meets the Charities Review Councils Standards

A Celebration of Malaysia TABLE OF CONTENTS MIC Board Chair’s Letter


Event Schedule


Celebration of Malaysia Committee


Gala Underwriters and Patrons


Special Acknowledgements


About the Guest of Honor


Auction Guidelines


Live Auction Item Descriptions


Silent Auction Item Listings

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About the Entertainment


About the Culinary Consultant


About Batik


Quick Facts: Malaysia


Board of Directors





Dear Friends of MIC, Thank you for joining us for MIC’s annual Gala Benefit. We are excited to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Malaysia, a country that is becoming increasingly global in its focus and economy, as well as increasingly interconnected with Minnesota through business and cultural exchanges. We are extremely honored to welcome Nor’Aini Abd. Hamid, deputy chief of Mission and chargée d’affaires for the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington D.C. to this evening’s celebration. This year’s Tour the World auctions feature an incredible array of trips, experiential packages and more, and we are pleased to have celebrity auctioneer Karen Sorbo with us again this year. Peninsula Malaysian Restaurant teamed up with D’Amico to create a delicious sampling of Malaysian cuisine, and we hope you enjoy the performances by students of Ragamala Dance, the Malaysian Student Association at the University of Minnesota, and Ha Family Entertainment. On behalf of all who benefit from MIC programs, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to MIC’s Celebration of Malaysia. I would like to acknowledge Honorary Chairs Julie and Douglas Baker, Jr., along with Committee Chair, Sharon Lim, and Sharon’s team of talented volunteers. Thank you especially to Polly and Bob McCrea, who graciously hosted this event on their property. And, finally, a very special thanks to our generous underwriters and patrons. Their contributions, together with the steadfast support and involvement of MIC’s 2,000+ individual members and 41 corporate members, will ensure that MIC continues inspiring our community to understand global issues and cultures in an ever changing world for years to come. On behalf of the board of directors and the staff of MIC, I thank you and wish you a wonderful evening. Sincerely,

Susan Plimpton Chair, Board of Directors Minnesota International Center


A Celebration of Malaysia EVENT SCHEDULE 4:30 PM

Beverages & Hors d’œuvres Available Silent Auction Opens Performance by Malaysian Student Association

5:00 PM

Dinner Buffet Opens

5:30 PM

Performance by Ragamala students

5:45 PM

Formal Remarks

6:00 PM

Live Auction

7:15 PM

Performance by Ha Family Lion Dancers Silent Auction Closes

7:45 PM

Silent Auction Results Available Cashiers Open

8:00 PM

Adjournment of Festivities

EVENT COMMITTEE Honorary Chairs Julie and Douglas Baker, Jr. Committee Chair Sharon Lim Event Committee Christopher Berger David J. Berry Nabil Chinniah Nathalie Joly Avigya Karki Anju Kataria Rodrigo Marquez

Bob McCrea Laura C. Merriam Susan B. Plimpton Mary Scott Nizam Md Zin Staff Liaisons Carol Engebretson Byrne Angela McLaughlin Lynda Salway Danielle Tessmer


UNDERWRITERS AND PATRONS MIC appreciates the generous support of the donors listed below: 5,000 and above Elizabeth Anderlik Julie and Douglas Baker, Jr. Sheila** and Michael Bonsignore Phyllis and Thomas** Colwell Margene and David Fox Ingrid Lenz Harrison and Alfred Harrison Louise and Douglas* Leatherdale Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan Polly and Robert** McCrea Mary Lynn and Warren Staley Emily Anne** and Gedney Tuttle Maxine and Winston Wallin The Mosaic Company $2,500 and above Dr. Susan Alpert * Lucy B. Hartwell William Hawkins, Medtronic Nathalie* and Hubert Joly Judith Frost Lewis* and Stephen R. Lewis Susan* and David Plimpton Gayle and Robert* Sit Katherine** and Larry Youngblood $1,000 and above Lilianne and Guillaume Bastiaens Lori Crever/Wells Fargo International Group Amalia and Kenn Damgaard Terry and David Gilberstadt Rebecca and Peter* Hawthorne Ingrid and Richard Hoyt Jean and Larry LeJeune Sharon Lim* and Lance Wallin Sarah and B. John Lindahl Sally and George Pillsbury Teresa and Ronald Sit Deborah and Henk* Touw Anjali S. and Sameer S. Vijayakar 4

$500 and above Kristine and Tor Aasheim Janet and David* Berry Carole and Douglas Baker, Sr. Sue and Paul Breckner Henry Bromelkamp and Jeff Nelson Carol Engebretson Byrne and James Byrne Melissa* and Uri Camarena Mary Jane* and Robert Carlson Andrea and Kenneth Hjelm Benjamin Jaffray Susan Kinder and David Vealitzek Maggie and Gaylen Knack/Gray Plant Mooty Carol and Daniel Luthringshauser Gayle and Michael Macaluso Susan B. and Robert W. Macdonald Molly and Dobbin McCrea Laura Merriam* and Peter Armstrong Helen Metz Jodi and Michael Mooney Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson Carolyn and Robert Nelson Maureen Pelton and Charlie** Hartwell Abigail and Paul C. Pribbenow Sarah Riechert and Christopher Berger/Berger Brands Anne “Topsy� Simonson and Sandy Tearse Debra Sit and Peter Berge Harriet and Edson Spencer Kaimay and Dr. Joseph Terry Nina and John* Tuttle Kay A. Thomas* and Jim Rustad Other generous contributors include: Caroline and Robert Fullerton Ann and James Howard Eloise Maki* Polly and Bob** McCrea Catherine McIntyre Angela and Patrick Minto Leni* and David Moore, Jr. Mary and John Pagnucco Bonnie Skelton and Tomas Fraser 5

Marilyn and Wallace Small Sara Stenberg* and Kevin Miller Thomas Warth Thank you also to the following for sponsoring students: Janet and David* J. Berry Nicky B. Carpenter Angela and Patrick Minto Pearl Jackson Leila Poullada Sibylle and Robert* Scarlett Micheal J. Thompson* We also wish to thank the following individuals and businesses: Polly and Bob* McCrea for the use of their property Karen Sorbo for running the live auction Lakeside Wine and Spirits D’Amico Catering Après Party and Tent Rental George Hornik for creative design Ragamala Dance, Ha Family Entertainment, and the Malaysian Student Association for their performances Propel Transportation Orono Public Schools for the use of their parking lot Annie Biebl and Mary Hendrickson for sewing the table runners * indicates MIC Board of Directors ** indicates MIC Honorary Directors

ABOUT OUR GUEST OF HONOR Nor’Aini Abd. Hamid, deputy head of Mission Embassy of Malaysia, Washington D.C. Nor’Aini Abd. Hamid, a career diplomat since 1994, first served as an Assistant Secretary in the Finance Division and later in the Southeast Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. Her overseas assignments were in Germany from 1997-2001. Prior to her assignment to Washingtonin 2005, Nor’Aini served as the Principal Assistant Secretary (East Asia Section) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Nor’Aini holds a BA (Sociology) from the University of New Haven, Connecticut, USA and MA (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Leicester, UK. She speaks Malay, English and German. 6

Tour the World Auctions Silent Auction begins at 4:30 PM Live Auction begins at 6:00 PM with Auctioneer Karen Sorbo

PAYMENT Please make checks payable to Minnesota International Center. We also accept Visa/Master Card and American Express. Checks are preferred, as MIC is charged a 3% service fee for all credit card transactions. No refunds or substitutions are possible. Please check descriptions and certificates carefully for blackout dates and restrictions. Please note that some restrictions apply to airfares, private home stays, travel and hotel packages. Your tax-deductible contribution is the amount by which your winning bid exceeds the estimated value of an item. The item’s estimated value is on your receipt.

AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS The Minnesota International Center (MIC) has made every reasonable effort to catalogue and describe the items and services accurately. Many items and/ or services have restricted use or other qualifications. Many items are nontransferable. Purchasers are bound by the precise restrictions specified by the donors. The terms are non-negotiable. Please read the specifications and limitations carefully. Everything is being sold “where is” and “as is.” MIC makes no expressed or implied warranties or representations of any kind or nature with respect to the property or services, and in no event shall it be responsible for the correctness in description, genuineness, authenticity or condition of the property or services, and no statement in the catalogue or made elsewhere shall be deemed such a warranty or representation or an assumption of liability. By their purchase, the buyers waive any claims for liability against MIC or the donor of the items or services, and neither MIC nor the donor is responsible for any personal injuries or damages to property that may result from the utilization of property or services sold.


LIVE AUCTION ITEMS 1) Ken Wright Pinot Noir One bottle of Ken Wright Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir from the Carter Vineyard. Ken Wright Cellars make consistently excellent Pinot Noir at the winery in Carleton, Oregon. Ken Wright Cellars produce rich, sophisticated wines that regularly sell out a year before release. Value: $ 175 Donor: Laura Merriam and Peter Armstrong

2) Champions Club Twins Tickets – vs. the White Sox What’s better than an evening at the ballgame in the poshest seats available at the nicest, newest ballpark in the country? Winning bidder will receive four Champions Club tickets for the Twins vs. the White Sox at Target Field on Thursday, August 19, 7:10 pm. Seats are in the sixth row behind home base. Includes VIP parking, private entrance, cushy leather seats and complimentary refreshments from the club level restaurant. Value: $ 1,000 Donor: Molly and Dobbin McCrea

3) Mexico: Isla Mujeres Magic Fly to Cancún and take the ferry to Isla Mujeres. On the island, you’ll find a peaceful Mexican fishing village with none of the commotion of Cancún. Stay seven nights in the beautiful oceanside top-floor condo. Two bedrooms, one bathroom, and living, dining and kitchen space, as well as a lovely porch overlooking the private pool. Continental breakfast included for up to four guests. English-speaking concierge is available to arrange golf, fishing, snorkeling and other activities. (Airfare not included. Condo not available in January). Value: $1,500 Donor: Janet and David Berry

4) Gourmet Dinner Party by Chef Amalia Damgaard Amalia’s Latin/Middle Eastern Culinary Experience featuring the flavors and cultures that merged some time ago, but that continue to evolve today into modern, yet classic cuisine. Enjoy a four-course menu paired with wine and cultural insights from very recent travels. For ten people, in the comfort of your own home. Value: $1,300 Donor: Chef Amalia Damgaard, Amalia LLC

5) Trip to St. Martin On the northwest coast of the French side of St. Martin, the Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina and Spa is nestled in the cove of Anse Marcel, with 1,600 feet of magnificent white sand beach on the Caribbean Sea. Six night/seven day 8

stay for two at the Radisson Resort includes two roundtrip coach tickets from Delta Airlines. Hotel valid through 6/1/2011. Hotel blackout dates: 12/17/20101/3/2011; 2/18-22/2011; 4/15-30/2011. Airfare valid through 5/26/2011. Value: $4,900 Donor: Carlson Hotels World Wide and Delta Airlines

6) Fabulous Malaysia Package includes two roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines, two nights accomodation in Penang, three nights accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, tours of both cities, and airport transfers between destinations. If you plan your travels between November 30 – December 5, 2010, you can head to Terengganu and enjoy a pair of VIP full access passes to the exciting 2010 Monsoon Cup yacht race! Includes the opportunity to be the “6th man” on any competing boat, lunch and high tea at the hospitality suite, an exclusive vantage point for viewing the race and behind-the-scenes tour of the marina. Value: $11,560 Donor: Tourism Malaysia, Malaysian Airlines, and T-Best Events

7) A Taste of Canada Join Canada’s Consul General, Martin Loken and his wife Marianne, as you and up to seven other guests gather to enjoy British Columbia wines and Canadianinspired foods at Canada’s Official Residence on Cedar Lake, in Minneapolis. Must take place prior to 3/31/2011. Maximum guests is eight. Value: $800 Donor: Consulate General of Canada, Minneapolis

8) Shanghai Getaway Jet set weekend getaway includes two roundtrip business class tickets to Shanghai, five nights accommodation at the Radisson Hotel Shanghai, and a pair of one day passes for 2010 World Expo, the incredible 21st century version of the World’s Fair. (World Expo dates May 1 - October 31, 2010. Hotel blackout dates include September and October 2010. Air tickets valid through 6/1/2011. Value: $ 18,000 Donor: Delta Airlines, Radisson Hotels, and the Jiangsu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

9) Dinner with Malaysian Ambassador Eight guests may enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime dining experience with Malaysian Ambassador Jamaludin Jarjis at the official residence in Washington D.C. Subject to availability of Ambassador Jarjis. Airfare and hotel not included. Must be used by 6/19/2011. Value: Priceless! Donor: His Excellency Dato’ Sri Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysian ambassador to the U.S. and the Embassy of Malaysia 9

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS • Six-night stay at Fenyves Panzio Resort in Gyor, Hungary (Zsuzanna Nagy and Family) • Five-night stay at the Disney Boardwalk Villa at Disney World (Peter and Katie Danakis) • Two-night stay in Trollstigen Resort, Norway (Borton Overseas and Trollstigen Resort) • National Council of International Visitors Congressional Tour (Sherry Mueller) • Dinner with Ambassador Hansen, Norwegian ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria (Norwegian Ambassador Hansen) • Private tour of the World Bank for two with lunch in the World Bank Executive Room in Washington, D.C. (Abbas Mehdi) • Chez Guys in home dinner party for ten (Chez Guys) • Tequila tasting with Mexican Consul Ana Luisa Fajer at her residence (Consulado de Mexico) • Five-night stay at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Hilton Kuala Lumpur) • Two-night home stay for two in Agra, India, including meals (Anjali and Gopal Khanna) • Sunset sail on Lake Pepin (Karen Cooley-Kistler and Stephan Kistler) • Trip to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market and breakfast (Sara & Bruce Monick) • Tour for two of the Star Tribune with Neal St. Anthony, followed by lunch at the Local (Neal St. Anthony, the Star Tribune and Cara Irish Pubs) • Indian dinner for four at the home of Anjali and Gopal Khanna (Anjali and Gopal Khanna) • Lunch with Finnish crime novelist Jarkko Sipila (in Helsinki or Minneapolis) and two novels (Ice Cold Crime LLC) • Fourteen tickets in the Ecolab private suite for the Twins vs. Cleveland Indians at Target Field on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 (Ecolab, Inc.) • Four tickets to the Twins vs. Detroit Tigers at Target Field on Saturday, June 26, 2010 (General Mills) • Four tickets to the Twins vs. Tampa Bay at Target Field on Saturday, July 3, 2010 (Dorsey & Whitney) • Four tickets to the Twins vs. Seattle Mariners at Target Field on Friday, July 30, 2010 (Dean Phillips) 10

• Four tickets to a Vikings Game (Sit Investment Associates, Inc.) • Golf for two at Woodhill with Bob McCrea (Bob McCrea) • Golf for three at Minikahda with Lorrie Buirge (Lorrie Buirge) • Two in-home yoga classes for up to five with teacher Valerie Varno (Valerie Varno) • One week of dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Minneapolis) • Muscle activation treatment (Pege Miller) • Two tickets to a Guthrie performance and lunch at Basil’s Restaurant (The Guthrie Theater, The Marquette Hotel and Basil’s Restaurant) • A 42” plasma screen TV and a collection of Rudy Maxa’s World Videos (Best Buy and Rudy Maxa) • $1,000 gift certificate for a custom rug at Nordic Home Interiors (Nordic Home Interiors) • Beautiful piece of Tumasek Pewter (Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) • Embroidered Vietnamese Tapestry (Carole and Doug Baker, Sr.) • Hand-blocked batik fabric (Mary Scott and Faridah Abdul Rahman, Bold Over Batiks!) • Pair of framed photos from modern Beijing – “Dragons” and “Lanterns” (Angela Mahlberg McLaughlin) • Red Sea coral and sterling necklace and earring set – (Francelino Zau, Tiger Eye Creations) • Glass and sterling necklace – (Francelino Zau, Tiger Eye Creations) • Shell and seed necklace – (Francelino Zau, Tiger Eye Creations) • Maasai women art necklace (Soleil Brule) • Two-bottle leather wine bag and one bottle 1995 Napa Silver Oak Cabernet (Tom Schnack) • Prairie Organic Vodka package (Dean Phillips) • Bobby D’s Marinara Sauce gift basket (Bobby D’s) • One-year family membership at the Dodge Nature Center (Dodge Nature Center) • Pearl and sterling necklace (Helen Wang Jewelry) • Japanese Textile Table Center (Japanese Embassy) • Golden Crane Cloisonné Plateau (Japanese Embassy)


ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT Ragamala Dance Bharatanatyam is among the oldest of India’s classical dance forms, with a 2,000+ year history. Integrating elements of music, theater, poetry, sculpture and literature, this multi-dimensional art has come down through the centuries as part of a dynamic, vital and living tradition. Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance brings to its audience a synthesis of the philosophy, mythology and spirituality of India. While remaining steeped in tradition and committed to maintaining the emotional richness and aesthetic integrity of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala is known for innovative work that explores the vast possibilities of the classical form. Ragamala has toured nationally and internationally, and also operates a nationally-recognized dance school in Minnesota, where company members teach classes in all levels of Bharatanatyam. This evening’s performance is by senior students from the Ragamala School. Online at Malaysian Student Association Malaysian students are the fifth largest population of international students at the University of Minnesota. Their mission is to bring Malaysian students together, raising the awareness about Malaysian culture amongst the student community at the U of M. Ha Family Entertainment: Lion Dancers The high-spirited Ha Family Entertainment troupe brings to audiences a unique array of performances, including the daring lion dance with lively percussion, traditional Chinese dance, live band music, singing, martial arts and skits. Their goal is to build strong family values and maintain cultural traditions by sharing their love of music and dance with the community. The Ha Family has performed at festivals, New Year celebrations, state fairs, grand openings, weddings and much more! To learn more about the troupe, visit


ABOUT THE CULINARY CONSULTANT Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine is the premiere Malaysian restaurant in the Twin Cities. Peninsula’s unique open kitchen environment lets you step up and watch the chefs as they prepare your meal over an open flame. Peninsula’s head chef, Chef Tong, started his chef career at Penang Malaysian Cuisine in New York City 15 years ago. As a cook, Chef Tong had prepared many of the most authentic Malaysian dishes with his careful selection of ethnic spices and freshest ingredients. Many of these dishes are Malaysian’s everyday favorites. With his dedication and passion for Malaysian food, Chef Tong eventually moved up to be the head chef of Penang in Chicago, prior to his arrival in Minneapolis. Visit Peninsula online at

ABOUT THE BATIK TABLE RUNNERS Table Runners – made using handpainted Malaysian fabric by Bold Over Batiks! Bold Over Batiks! LLC is a St Paul-based business. In business for 10 years, this company represents the work of a few extraordinary batik makers in Malaysia. One of these artists, Pak Berahim, produces batiks exclusively for Bold Over Batiks! Pak Berahim is now in the process of being considered a Master Craftsman by Handicraft Malaysia – a part of the Malaysian government charged with reviving the heritage crafts of Malaysia. As a Master Craftsman, Pak Berahim will play a bigger role in passing his art down to the younger generation of Malaysians by training them in the fine art of batiking. Take home a table runner from the gala – only $25!


MALAYSIA OVERVIEW Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Land Area: 328,657 sq km

Climate: Tropical. Annual southwest and northwest monsoons occur. Terrain: Malaysia’s terrain is composed of coastal plains, hills and mountains. Population: 25,715,819 (July 2009 est.) Population Growth Rate: 1.723% (2009 est.) Ethnic Groups: Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.) Nationality: Malaysian

Literacy Rate: 88.7%

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai Religion: Muslim 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6% other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8% (2000 census) Government: Constitutional monarchy Head of Government: Prime Minister Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak (pictured) GDP (PPP): $384.3 billion (2008 est.) GDP Per Capita (PPP): $15,200 (2008 est.) GDP Growth Rate: 4.6% (2008 est.) Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2008 est.) Currency: Ringgits (MYR) Agriculture: Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice; Sabah subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice; Sarawak - rubber, pepper, timber Industries: Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing, electronics, tin mining and smelting, logging, timber processing; Sabah - logging, petroleum production; Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging Exports: electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, wood and wood products, palm oil, rubber, textiles, chemicals Imports: electronics, machinery, petroleum products, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel products, chemicals 14

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Board Chair Susan B. Plimpton Past Chair Robert H. Scarlett Treasurer Robert W. Sit Directors Dr. Daryoush Allaei Dr. Susan Alpert David J. Berry Melissa Camarena Mary Capozzi Mary Jane Carlson Jeanne Votca Carpenter Kathleen Danakis Tom Gitaa Robert Golian Peter C. Hawthorne Peggy Herrmann Eric H. Jackson Nathalie Joly Rohan Kalbag Avigya Karki Fredrik Korallus Ron Lattin Doug Leatherdale Judith Frost Lewis Sharon Lim Eloise J. Maki Robert Manning Phillip J. Mason Laura C. Merriam Leni D. Moore Kathleen Smith Ruhland Sara Stenberg Wendy Tai Kay A. Thomas Micheal J. Thompson Geert Henk Touw 15

John Tuttle Richard E. Weiner Ex Officio Directors Ana Luisa Fajer, Consul of Mexico Martin Loken, Consul General of Canada Honorary Directors Sheila Bonsignore Gary Capen Thomas Colwell David Fox Charlie Hartwell Bob McCrea Emily Anne Tuttle Katherine W. Youngblood

STAFF Carol Engebretson Byrne Catherine Born Catherine Brown Tania Dawydowycz Daniel Getahun Claire Gray Anne Hanson George Jerzy Hornik Hayley Kanlyn Angela McLaughlin Kathleen Oscarson Bill Peters Juan Pablo Polanco Tricia Rhodes Lynda Salway Carol Steinberg Danielle Tessmer Bee Yang


2010 Š Minnesota International Center

Celebration of Malaysia  

This year's fundraising benefit will be highlighting the culture and cuisine of Malaysia, a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual c...