Four million baht (USD124,000) was raised to assist the education of underprivileged Thai schoolchildren at the third annual Bangkok Post–Black Mountain Charity Golf and Gourmet Dinner held at Thailand’s top golf course in January.

This brings to more than 10 million baht (USD310,000) the amount raised for education support in 32 provinces of Thailand since the event began in 2012.

Now firmly established as Thailand’s leading golf charity promotion, the 2014 tournament and dinner easily surpassed the three million baht raised in each of the two previous events.

Black Mountain managing director, Harald Elisson, says the 2014 project was the biggest and best held so far and he wants to make it even bigger next year.

“Through the involvement of The Bangkok Post Foundation and with the assistance of sponsors, supporters and participants, the golf tournament and dinner has become a highlight of the year at Black Mountain. It is a perfect combination: a wonderful, fun event that benefits an excellent cause and we are delighted to be able to make our facilities available.

“We seek to make improvements each year and to raise more money and this is very much our goal for 2015.”

Eight golf professionals – including Black Mountain-sponsored players, Thongchai Jaidee and ‘Jazz’ Janewattenond of Thailand and Johan Edfors, Pelle Edberg and Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden – conducted an exhibition event at Black Mountain’s acclaimed par-3 course before the tournament was held on the championship course.

The subsequent evening dinner, featured 14 executive chefs from Bangkok’s five-star hotels, Thai Airways and Black Mountain who prepared a sumptuous banquet for the 200 participating philanthropic golfers and guests.

Chairman of the Post Publishing Company board of directors, Pridiyathorn Devakul, outlined projects the Bangkok Post Foundation is supporting to help educate Thai schoolchildren.

One of the key features of the fundraising effort is that all donations, without any deductions, are made available for the approved projects each year.

Supporters of the 2014 Bangkok Post–Black Mountain Charity Golf and Gourmet Dinner included Bangkok Airways, Omega, Pernod Ricard Thailand and Gourmet One.

The event’s appeal is enhanced by Black Mountain’s stature as Thailand’s best golf course, an honour it has received at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit for each of the past three years, and its inclusion in 2012 as the first course in Thailand named in US Golf Digest’s list among the Best 100 Courses Outside the United States.