$1.14 Million Raised for Children in Need
More than 600 sponsors, donors and well-wishers gathered at Singapore Children’s Society’s Charity Gala Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore on 28 November 2014 to do their part in bringing relief and happiness to children in need. And that they did: a total of $1.14 million was raised at the event.
Stars to our children: Major cash sponsors of the Gala Dinner on stage with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Singapore Children's Society Chairman Koh Choon Hui.
Thanking donors, Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, said that the willingness to help others is one of the things that makes Singapore a better place.
“By supporting the Society’s work in reaching out to children in need, all of you have played a part in helping them to build a better future for themselves, and for their families.”
“The good work of the Singapore Children’s Society can only continue with your support. I hope you will not only continue to support the Society but also encourage others to do so,” he said.
Themed ‘Ignite Your Love!’, the biennial Charity Gala Dinner included performances by renowned soprano Jeong Ae-Ree, jazz singer Dawn Ho, local band LGF Band, and laser drummers X-On LED.
|Father’s legacy: Painter Olga Polunin, whose father was a Society volunteer, donated three of her paintings to be auctioned during the Dinner. She is seen here with her son.|
And then comedienne Li Li – played by artiste Ms Michelle Chong – took to the stage to host the live charity auction, rallying guests to bid for items that included two calligraphy pieces by the late Venerable Song Nian, and a painting by self-taught local painter, Ms Olga Polunin.
Ms Polunin’s late father, Dr Ivan Polunin, had been a committed volunteer with Children’s Society from 1966 until he passed away in 2010. He had served as a member of the Society’s Executive Committee, Research and Advocacy Standing Committee and Sunbeam Place Standing Committee.
In his memory, Ms Olga donated one piece for the live auction, and two others for the silent auction. “My father always tried to find time to come to Children’s Society to visit the children,” she explained. “I’m happy to be here at the Dinner to continue in his footsteps.”
A total of nine items were auctioned off at the silent auction, including art pieces, timepieces and jewellery.
Funds were also raised through table and seat bookings, outright donations and sponsorships.
|Diamond sponsor: Mr Fong Shee Beng, International Director of Charles & Keith (Singapore) Pte Ltd, receives a plaque.||New supporters: Mr Shawn Galey, Director, American Association of Singapore (AAS), together with his wife, Ms Katherine Krummert, pose for a shot. AAS this year adopted Children’s Society as its supported charity.||
Official media: Representatives of Edipresse Media captured highlights of the evening. Managing director Gilbert Cheah receives a token of appreciation.