We can’t overlook the contributions to the upcoming 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition made by the competing ladyboys and the bars where they are employed. Without them and their time, given freely, there wouldn’t be a tournament and consequently our worthy charities wouldn’t benefit. Then there are the financial contributors, both personal and corporate, who provide the funds that go directly to our charities. But it’s not just financial contributors to which we are indebted. This year we’re happy to have the Pattaya Mail Media Group once more giving us an outlet from which to promote the charity tournament and highlight the tremendous contribution the ladyboys are making to their communities. And of course there are our gracious tournament hosts at the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana.But we’d be fibbing if we didn’t say we were especially thrilled to have the participation of Tiffany’s Show this year! The world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the original transgender cabaret show here and is currently in its 38th year. Its showgirls are paragons of both beauty and talent, and the show itself is a huge tourist draw for Pattaya. Through the efforts of Pattaya Mail, Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has generously agreed to donate five tickets to the Miss International Queen competition, which will be part of the charity raffle held on the evening following the tournament.The Miss International Queen competition is a once-a-year event presented by Tiffany’s Show that draws transgender women from all over the world to compete for the title. This year the event will be held on Nov. 1, only a week after the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition. The tickets always sell out well in advance, so we expect these will be popular items for the charity raffle — in fact we expect some of the tournament spectators will be outbid by the volleyball contestants!All of these efforts are critical to the success of this year’s charity event, and Pattaya Mail, Tiffany Show and Areca Lodge all have our utmost heartfelt thanks.But of course raising money for charities is what the tournament is all about. With that in mind, I’m happy to say that we are now on track to to raise 700,000 baht for said charities: Pattaya Rotary Club’s Water4Life program, Pattaya’s HEARTT 2000, Bangkok’s St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program, and Phuket’s The Life Home Project. Thanks to many generous financial contributors and sponsors, we have more than doubled last year’s charitable contribution of 285,854 baht.To date 86 individuals have pledged 110 sponsorships of one or more of the bars competing in the tournament. That amounts to 350,000 baht — once again, that alone puts us over last year’s mark. To all of them, on behalf of the charities involved and the ladyboys in the tournament, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you.But this year we also have a corporate sponsor on board in NB Surveys Thailand Co. Ltd., the Thai branch of NB Surveys Global. To say that we are thrilled to have such an august company sponsoring the tournament would be an understatement.With headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, NB Global provides surveying services to the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, and has offices in Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, in addition to its office in Bangkok.Established in 2001, NB Surveys Thailand began with just one expat employee, but has steadily grown over the ensuing decade to now include several local Thai staff in both the survey department and the office operations. To NB Surveys we must also extend our heartfelt thanks as well.The 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26. For more information or to see how you can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on the web at www.lbwvb.com.