SUCCESS! Passport to Luxury Event Kicked Off Chinese New Year Celebrations

On February 21 more than three hundred guests joined two dozen brands representing the best of the Pacific Northwest during the Passport to Luxury at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Upon arrival, the VIP attendees enjoyed valet parking alongside a collection of luxury cars on display.

The elevator doors opened onto the penthouse level of the hotel where Benjamin Lee, President Emeritus of the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington welcomed guests to the lifestyle showcase like no other.

 

ABOVE: Benjamin Lee, President Emeritus of the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington made a point to greet each guest and wish a happy Chinese New Year.

ABOVE: Benjamin Lee, President Emeritus of the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington made a point to greet each guest and wish a happy Chinese New Year.

In addition to exploring the two dozen exhibits on display, guests were offered champagne and specialty cocktails byGlass Distillerycomplete with diamond-shaped ice cubes prepare by Creative Ice, which also provided the individual brand jewel boxes and other ice carvings.

PICTURED ABOVE: Andy Yip, the former President of the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington, proudly represents his organization and was recently appointed as a member of the Asia Desk for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.

PICTURED ABOVE: Andy Yip, the former President of the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington, proudly represents his organization and was recently appointed as a member of the Asia Desk for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.

PICTURED ABOVE: The RSIR exhibit featured a collection of residential offerings including a world of opportunity through one of the only table top tablets designed for touring global real estate.

PICTURED ABOVE: The RSIR exhibit featured a collection of residential offerings including a world of opportunity through one of the only table top tablets designed for touring global real estate.

PICTURED ABOVE: Ladies in red, RSIR owner Stacy Jones (left) and couture fashion designer Luly Yang (right) flank RSIR broker Candace Taylor and her guest.

PICTURED ABOVE: Ladies in red, RSIR owner Stacy Jones (left) and couture fashion designer Luly Yang (right) flank RSIR broker Candace Taylor and her guest.

PICTURED ABOVE: Many guests enjoyed two well-appointed comfort lounges provided by Masins, which provided a relaxing place to digest all the information collected from exhibitors.

PICTURED ABOVE: Many guests enjoyed two well-appointed comfort lounges provided by Masins, which provided a relaxing place to digest all the information collected from exhibitors.

PICTURED ABOVE: The Passport to Luxury was positioned to be an experience for consumers to interact with various lifestyle brands and meet the principals.

PICTURED ABOVE: The Passport to Luxury was positioned to be an experience for consumers to interact with various lifestyle brands and meet the principals.

PICTURED ABOVE: Working the crowd, RSIR owner Dean Jones addresses King 5 TV along with Olive Goh (CITI) and Marc Berger (Nyhus) while RSIR owner Stacy Jones (bottom left) and RSIR Marketing Manager Andrea Savage attend the booth.

PICTURED ABOVE: Working the crowd, RSIR owner Dean Jones addresses King 5 TV along with Olive Goh (CITI) and Marc Berger (Nyhus) while RSIR owner Stacy Jones (bottom left) and RSIR Marketing Manager Andrea Savage attend the booth.

“These types of events and promotions are what set us apart from our peers in real estate,” says Andrea Savage, the Marketing Director for RSIR. “We are a retail brand and we like to bring other brands together for added-value programs like The Passport to Luxury. It was a lot like producing a living magazine and from the accolades received from many guests, it was well worth the effort.”

PICTURED ABOVE: Dean Jones and Olive Goh addressed the crowd with wishes of a Happy Chinese New Year and Marc Berger provided a well-deserved recognition of Benjamin Lee’s years of contributions to the Chinese community in the Seattle metro area.

PICTURED ABOVE: Dean Jones and Olive Goh addressed the crowd with wishes of a Happy Chinese New Year and Marc Berger provided a well-deserved recognition of Benjamin Lee’s years of contributions to the Chinese community in the Seattle metro area.

“Congratulations to the RSIR team for pulling an amazing showcase together in short order and a special shout-out to Andrea Savage who managed to keep smiling all throughout,” said Olive Goh, Director of Citi Private Bank. “A very big thank you as well to Benjamin Lee and Andy Yip for their support and coordination from the Hong Kong (Greater China) Association of Washington – we were very proud to have Citi Private Bank partner with the top luxury brands in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to more to come.”

PICTURED ABOVE: Heading to the gala, Scott Swerland and girlfriend Brooke Catano enjoy a stop by the Passport to Luxury.

PICTURED ABOVE: Heading to the gala, Scott Swerland and girlfriend Brooke Catano enjoy a stop by the Passport to Luxury.

Guests were delighted to be welcomed with fine foods prepared by Loulay’s “Chef in a Hat” Thierry Rautureau while a collection of fresh seafood was artfully displayed on trays of ice and wines were poured by DeLille Cellars.

PICTURED ABOVE: As befitting a VIP event, attendees were invited to sip, sample and savor the best food and wines available in the Pacific Northwest including a dramatic display of fresh seafood by Jerry Chang of Chang International.

PICTURED ABOVE: As befitting a VIP event, attendees were invited to sip, sample and savor the best food and wines available in the Pacific Northwest including a dramatic display of fresh seafood by Jerry Chang of Chang International.

PICTURED ABOVE AND BELOW: The HKAW events coordinators and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel staff worked tirelessly to decorate the hotel for the Passport to Luxury and the Chinese New Year Gala.

PICTURED ABOVE AND BELOW: The HKAW events coordinators and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel staff worked tirelessly to decorate the hotel for the Passport to Luxury and the Chinese New Year Gala.

As the sun set over a perfect afternoon in Seattle, guests were reminded why the Pacific Northwest is such an extraordinary place to live and why global citizens are increasingly discovering its bounty of lifestyle offerings. Following the event, more than 800 guests gathered for the auction and Chinese New Year Gala, which was extended well into the night with dancing and celebration.

PICTURED ABOVE: RSIR owner’s Dean and Stacy Jones were proud to accept recognition as a Proud Lion Sponsor for contributions made on behalf of the entire RSIR team during the events.

PICTURED ABOVE: RSIR owner’s Dean and Stacy Jones were proud to accept recognition as a Proud Lion Sponsor for contributions made on behalf of the entire RSIR team during the events.

“While this was the first year we participated to this extend, we know it’s the beginning of a long relationships with all the participants,” said Dean Jones. “We are grateful to Benjamin Lee, to his entire team at Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington and to the many Passport to Luxury Partners for their efforts.”