|Miss Angola (L) and Miss Argentina pose their gifts at the auction. (Photo: Truong Son)|
An auction of gifts of donated by Miss Universe contestants took place at Sheraton Hotel in District 1 on June 23. Proceeds were donated to charity.
Fifty gifts were auctioned off, including Miss Viet Nam’s ao dai (dress), Miss Honduras’ handicraft doll, and Miss Guam’s handmade embroidered carpet. These items, which represent the contestants countries of origin, were sold to raise money for disadvantaged Vietnamese students.
A painting with the signatures of 80 contestants sold for VND180 million (US$11,000). Proceeds of almost US$13,000 were donated to the Nguyen Thai Binh Scholarship Fund created by Thanh Nien Newspaper