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Macao, China — Throngs of fans lined up at SandsÂ Cotai Central Saturday evening, hoping to catch a glimpse of the glittering array of celebrities walking the red carpet on their way to a VIP gala dinner at Sheraton Macao Hotel, part of Sands Cotai Central’sÂ A Night of StarsÂ event.
Celebrities gracing the red carpet, to the delighted screams and cheers of their fans, includedÂ Sammo Hung, Carol “Dodo” Cheng,Â Frances Yip,Â Chang Chen,Â Wu Chun,Â Ekin Cheng,Â Chilam Cheung,Karena Lam, Grasshopper andÂ Sandrine Pinna,Â alongÂ withÂ Vincent KokÂ andÂ Sire Ma, who were masters of ceremony at the gala dinner â a celebration for the integrated resort’s VIP customers. Before the dinner, the stars participated in a handprint ceremony, with the resulting handprints to be incorporated into the Cotai StripÂ development’s own version of an ‘Avenue of Stars’ walkway.
As part of the exciting, movie-themed gala dinner, VIP guests were entertained with performances from Moulin Rouge; a live band playing film theme tunes; headline performerÂ Frances YipÂ and celebrity look-a-likes dressed asÂ Marilyn Monroe,Â Michael Jackson,Â Charlie Chaplin, Lady Gaga and others. The evening’s emcees, Sire Ma andÂ Vincent Kok, also gave guests the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes through games played on stage.
During theÂ A Night of StarsÂ evening,Â Sammo HungÂ joined a handful of lucky guests for a round of cards at Sands Cotai Central’s APEX Club. Hung’s participation in “Win Like a Star” provided an opportunity for Sands Cotai Central to donateÂ HK$250,000Â to the Sammo Hung Charity Fund, a non-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of those in need: the poor, the elderly, the disabled, orphans and those impacted by natural disasters (projects include the reconstruction of damaged or destroyed schools).
As a celebration of the star-studded evening, visitors to Sands Cotai Central were each given a commemorative golden star. Visitors lined up to receive the one-of-a-kind mementos which were distributed by Sands Cotai Central ambassadors throughout the ground floor of the property.
A Night of StarsÂ is part ofÂ Stars of the Cotai Strip,Â which has included celebrity events and amazing prize draws at the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort. Parent company Sands China Ltd. aims to make MacaoÂ one of the top entertainment hubs inÂ AsiaÂ by bringing in a steady stream of talented film, TV, music and sports stars to the city.Â A Night of StarsÂ and the other dazzling celebrity-led events this month affirm the company’s resolve to seeÂ MacaoÂ develop into a world centre of tourism and leisure.
Stars of the Cotai Strip, which launched onÂ December 3, will climax in a celebrity-filledÂ New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The year-end event features a specialÂ The Voice of China Venetian Macao Rock with Stars Concert,Â includingÂ Paul WongÂ of theÂ Hong KongÂ rock band Beyond at the CotaiArena and a countdown to a spectacular fireworks display to ring in the New Year.