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The Chubu Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) is getting ready for its annual Champagne Ball and Awards Evening, to be held on November 15 in the luxurious Oogi Ballroom at the Hilton Nagoya.

This year marks the 14th time the ACCJ Chubu chapter has collaborated with the Tokai Japan Canada Society (TJCS) to organize and host this not-to-be-missed event for denizens of central Japan’s international business community.

Setting a Theme
What had always been an elegant, yet fun, black-tie event, adopted a theme format for the 6th annual Champagne Ball in 2011. That year, we decided on a 1970s disco theme—and what a groovy time we had!

The format has been so well received—and has been so much fun to plan—that we’ve stuck with it. Over the years, the theme has often been chosen not only for its fun factor but often to honor aspects of the host organizations and their nations. We have celebrated such Americana as Mardi Gras, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, featuring Elvis himself. We’ve also paid tribute to our Canadian friends with a theme dedi­cated to that country’s 150th birthday, and have honored our host city of Nagoya with a theme dedicated to its five sister cities.

Eighties Live
This year, as we close out another decade, we’ve decided to take a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s and have booked a dance band. Rudy and the Stars, who headlined the 2015 Champagne Ball, are busy preparing a set list that includes ample tunes from the 1980s. Attendees can expect to be treated to a lavish experience, including appetizers, sumptuous buffet, free-flowing drinks, live music, photo ops, an awards cere­mony, the company of great people, and, of course, bubbly!

Although a black-tie affair, business attire is also acceptable, but we expect many of the more than 200 guests to come clad in theme-inspired dress, adding to the vibe of the evening. We also hope to see a lot of big hair, and may have a prize or two for those with the best 1980s-inspired look.

Helping Hands
But the event is not just fun and games. Corporate sustaining responsibility (CSR) is an important part of our business community, and—as the name suggests—the Champagne Ball and Awards Evening is an opportunity for each host organization to recognize some of their leaders for distinguished service. The ACCJ-Chubu typically honors its Volunteer of the Year and Leader of the Year on this occasion.

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 couples, a group, or individuals. 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 opportunity to join the ACCJ’s ongoing CSR efforts by buying raffle tickets for the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes—including domestic weekend getaways and overseas air travel. Proceeds of the prize raffle are donated to help support the Chubu Walkathon’s Chubu Children’s Fund initiative.