#FeelGoodDoGood Bonfire Party to Support Children, Refugees

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XpatLoop publisher and Bonfire Night organizer Stephen Linfit (right) with British Ambassador Paul Fox, pictured at the 2021 event.

Photo by Árpád Zoltan Bakcsy.

As in previous years, the party, which also celebrates XpatLoop’s 22nd anniversary, will support Hungarian children’s charities. A food bank supporting Ukrainian refugees has been added to the beneficiaries this year.

XpatLoop is using the social media hashtag #FeelGoodDoGood to promote the fundraiser, which, it says, “unites good-hearted guests from the international community in Hungary.” Once again, FirstMed is the principal sponsor.

Entertainment includes live pop, soul and funky tunes by Fruzsi & Badman, a light show by ElmoStix, the traditional virtual bonfire and fireworks display by Special Effects International, wine blind tasting, roulette and blackjack tables for fun (not money), plus pop, rock, and & dance hits from DJ Woods.

Regular Master of Ceremonies Hans Peterson will guide proceedings all evening, including hosting a Live Auction and announcing the winners of the Silent Auction.

All auction proceeds go to support three local charities: The Magic Lamp Wish Granting Foundation (Csodalámpa), which helps three-18-year-old children suffering life-threatening illnesses; the Young People in Need (Rászoruló Fiatalok) Non-Profit, which focuses on solutions to emotional abuse of Hungarian children up to the age of 18; and The Autistic Art Foundation (Autistic Art Alapítvány), which conducts research to help spread autism awareness, housing facilities and care for people with autism.

Food Bank Support

There will also be a raffle, for which tickets will cost HUF 2,000 each, with all proceeds going to the Food Bank for Refugees-Budapest, which supports displaced Ukrainians in Hungary, feeding around 130 people per week and providing them with groceries and hygiene items.

The wide-ranging international buffet selection will include tastes from British, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Lebanese, and Mexican cuisine, not to mention savory snacks, grilled food, pizza, salads, artisanal donuts, and a birthday cake. Drinks include craft beers, Jell-O Shots, wine, single malt whisky and pálinka tasting, a Unicum Cocktail Bar sponsored by Zwack, plus a range of soft drinks and water

Guests will receive a free day pass to the Fitness & Health Club by Marriott Budapest worth HUF 4,500 and a HUF 50,000 Voucher for Dr. Rose Private Hospital as welcome and farewell gifts, respectively.

Confirmed VIP guests include Dutch Ambassador Désirée Bonis, Irish Ambassador Ronan Gargan, British Deputy Head of Mission Andrew Davidson, and Duncan Graham, chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary.

“As a Brit and as ambassador, I am proud that XpatLoop.com has held celebrations for Bonfire Night for over a decade,” said U.K. Ambassador Paul Fox last year. He cannot attend this year as he will be in London. “Not only have they been some of the best parties in town, but also events that have raised incredible amounts of funds for a number of worthy causes,” the ambassador added.

Tickets bought ahead of the evening are HUF 15,000 per person (guests must be 18-plus), with a gala table for 10 people costing HUF 150,000. A limited number of on-the-spot tickets will be priced at HUF 20,000. There is also a “Philanthropist Ticket” for HUF 30,000 for those who want to make a more significant donation to charity.

The evening runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., with the dress code being smart-casual, although guests are welcome to dress up for the occasion if they wish.

Visit the xpatloop.com website to learn more about the fundraiser and register for tickets. The Budapest Business Journal is a media sponsor of the Bonfire Night Celebration.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of October 21, 2022.

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