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The fall season is always a busy time here in Chubu. But this year, there is a certain extra effervescence in anticipation of the 10th annual Champagne Ball and Awards Evening, set to take place at the Hilton Nagoya on November 20.

The Chubu chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has a long tradition of holding its Fall Ball each November. In 2006, the chapter combined forces with the Tokai-Japan Canada Society (TJCS) to co-host an even bigger and better fall gala. Thus, the Champagne Ball was born.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of this cooperative effort, which has become the not-to-be-missed event for denizens of the region’s international business community.

Attendees can expect to be treated to a lavish experience including appetizers and a sumptuous buffet, free-flowing drinks, live music, photo ops, an awards ceremony, the company of great people, and—of course—bubbly!

Always a black-tie event with a lot of fun-filled entertainment and high energy, recent years have seen the adoption of themes, always prompting a handful of the nearly 300 attendees to come clad in inspired costume, adding to the vibe of the evening.

Wanting to make the 2015 ball a little extra special, the planning committee has decided to focus on simply commemorating the 10th anniversary with the class and style befitting such a milestone.

Live music has been arranged for both during dinner and the evening’s dance party. Some enhancements in the works for this year’s ball include an extended reception hour with live music, drinks and appetizers, photo ops, and surprises that you’ll just have to see for yourself on the day.

But the ball is not all just fun and games. As its name suggests, the Champagne Ball and Awards Evening is an opportunity for each of the host organizations to recognize a few of their leaders for distinguished service. The ACCJ’s Chubu chapter typically honors its Volunteer of the Year and Leader of the Year.

Sometimes confused locally with the ACCJ Charity Ball, the Champagne Ball and Awards Evening is not specifically a charity event. However, proceeds of the event do go toward helping the host organizations in their efforts to serve the Chubu community.

That said, the ball does plan to donate a portion of this year’s raffle proceeds in support of the Chubu Walkathon’s 25th anniversary initiative to be held in 2016.

What’s more, the ball would not be possible without the support of corporate sponsors. Various sponsorship opportunities are available, and they offer a great way for local businesses, as well as big brands, to elevate their presence within Chubu’s international community.

Not restricted to members of the host organizations, the ball is open to anyone 20 years of age or over. Non-members are not only welcome; they are encouraged to attend as a couple, a group, or an individual. Seating is pre-assigned with or without specified seating preferences, but registration and pre-payment is required.

In addition to an elegant evening, all attendees have the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes—including domestic weekend getaways and overseas air travel. To cap off the evening, all guests will be granted free entry to the after party—to be held downstairs in the Hilton’s newly opened Kiwami Cocktail Bar, where the fun will continue into the wee hours.

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Information about the Champagne Ball and Awards Evening, in both English and Japanese, can be found by following this link: www.champagne-ball.com

Bruce McCaughan is chair, Living in Chubu, and digital marketing consultant at WSI-We Simplify the Internet.