The future was present at the 2023 American Ball, which after a three-year hiatus returned under the theme of AI and technological progress. More than 300 members and their guests celebrated a new, more intelligent future at the ChatBALL at Grand Hyatt Taipei on October 14, co-organized by AmCham Taiwan and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
Leaping into a paperless future, attendees checked in using QR codes outside the Grand Ballroom on the third floor. While mingling, guests were given a chance to experience the future of undisturbed conference calls by hopping into a phone booth from York Business Interiors while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. Those wishing to memorialize their attendance at this premier event had the chance to strike a pose at the photo station.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with a dynamic performance by the VMJ dance group. Before his welcoming speech, Master of Ceremonies Leo Seewald made a surprise appearance, showing off his moves together with VMJ. He was joined onstage by AmCham Taiwan President Patrick Lin and AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk, and the three raised a toast on behalf of the host organizations.
Grand Hyatt Taipei treated guests to a meticulously prepared six-course meal featuring highlights such as a seafood starter; white bean velouté with chicken, mushroom, and truffle tortellini; U.S. Angus beef tenderloin; and an AI-inspired vanilla oat pannacotta.
Diners could also enjoy glasses of Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14 YO from Beam Suntory. The bar, meanwhile, offered classic cocktails and two special shots – the Multi-Tequila-Verse (Casa Noble Reposado Tequila) and Back to the Jäger Future. To guard against drunk driving, Uber Taiwan generously provided an NT$200 discount promo code to all guests for their ride home.
Live music was provided by ARS MUSIC, while DJ Kyle treated dancers to floor fillers past, present, and future. Those who still had room after dinner could take a break from the dancefloor for mini-hamburgers and chocolate-dipped bacon, served American-style on a snack cart.
The 2023 American Ball was made possible by the generosity of a number of sponsoring organizations. These included Grand Prize Sponsor United Airlines; Wine & Liquor Sponsors Beam Suntory and Sergio Valente; Gold Sponsors Invisalign, Moderna, and Qualcomm; and Silver Sponsors Corning, Grand Hyatt Taipei, and HSBC.
The party featured raffle draws with attractive prizes throughout the night. The grand prize provided by United Airlines was two business-class roundtrip tickets to the United States. Other prize sponsors included Amba Taipei Songshan, Hotel COZZI, eslite hotel, Everrich, Farcent, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Hotel Royal Group, Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei, Lawry’s Taipei, Madison Taipei, Mandarin Oriental Taipei, Marriott Taipei, Regent Taipei, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Smith & Wollensky, Westin Tashee Resort Taoyuan, and York Business Interiors.