Legacy of Giving Charity Gala Raises Funds for 3 Community Causes

The Legacy of Giving Charity Gala, held on 25th May 2024 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, was a heartfelt tribute to the enduring spirit of generosity championed by Ms. Jennie Chua. Celebrating both Ms. Jennie Chua’s unwavering, lifelong commitment to philanthropy and her 80th birthday, the gala successfully raised funds for programs aimed at uplifting the lives of many needful individuals, vulnerable families, and underserved children and youths in our community.

Gilbert Madhavan, General Manager of One Farrer Hotel, served as the Chairman of the organising committee. “It was the first time we came together as volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving, which Ms. Jennie Chua has been championing all her life. We felt it would speak volumes to organise a dinner for the causes she cares the most about: the community, the elderly, and the children,” said Madhavan. The three beneficiaries of the Legacy of Giving Charity Gala are Community Chest (CC), Woodlands Health Fund Limited (WHFL), and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

The evening began with a captivating performance by the Primary Dance Team from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS), comprising talented students from Primary 3. Dancing to ‘A Million Dreams,’ the performance was a poignant tribute by Ms. Jennie Chua’s alma mater, reflecting her contributions to the school as student and as chairman.

The evening’s culinary marvel was specially curated by Lynn Yeow De-Vito, thanks to the collaboration of chefs from several Michelin-starred restaurants who generously lent their expertise to support the cause. Culinary icons included Singapore’s food ambassador Violet Oon; Julien Royer of Odette; Cheung Siu Kong of Summer Pavilion; Kirk Westaway of JAAN; Matteo Ponti of Braci; and the Singapore Pastry Alliance. Their exquisite creations delighted the guests with a combination of delectable flavours designed to elevate one another.

The entertainment lineup featured performances from celebrated artists who came together to support this cause. Singaporean artist Kit Chan delivered a soulful rendition of her hit song “Home,” while Indonesian singer and America’s Got Talent finalist Putri Ariani and 15-year-old Singaporean whistling sensation Lim Jing Rui captivated the audience with their solo acts. The evening also featured a mesmerising performance by Wu Zhengdan and Wei Baohua of the Guangdong Acrobatic Arts Theatre. The creative and musical direction by Jeremiah Choy and Lim Sek, respectively, ensured a lasting programme for the ages.

Adding to the star-studded affair, homegrown talent Dick Lee, who attended as a guest, took to the stage upon popular request. His renditions of “Fried Rice Paradise” and “Jennie,” a personalised version of “Tammy” by Debbie Reynolds, added a touch of nostalgia and humor. Lee’s performance not only completed the evening’s dinner but also highlighted Ms. Chua’s achievements in all facets of her life with his trademark wit.

The Legacy of Giving Charity Gala was a resounding success, exemplifying the power of community and the impact of philanthropy. The collective efforts of all involved, from performers to chefs, underscored the shared commitment to uplifting those in need and celebrated the extraordinary legacy of Ms. Jennie Chua.

Madhavan expressed his gratitude, saying, “We would like to thank everyone for generously coming forward to truly epitomise the spirit of giving, starting with the legend herself, Ms. Jennie Chua.”

The Legacy of Giving also held both live and silent auctions for fundraising during the dinner, thanks to the generous donations and sponsorships of individuals and organisations. The Legacy of Giving Charity Gala raised $3,518,000 on the night of the dinner.

ONG YE KUNG LAUNCHES “INSTANT COMFORT: A COLLECTIVE MEMORY”

Book raises $600,000 for charity

A book project featuring more than 100 stories on fond memories of instant noodles has brought people together for a good cause. Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung will be the guest-ofhonour at an event to launch the book on 17 August at 5.30 pm at Raffles Hotel.

Titled Instant Comfort: A Collective Memory and published by not-for-profit arts organisation TRCL, the 236-page book features heart-warming stories from the community.

Says Mr Colin Goh, Chief Executive Officer of TRCL: “We all know that the new normal has driven the creative industry and charity sector to pivot from in-person fundraising events and performances to less traditional ways of generating revenue and donations to serve audiences and beneficiaries.

“As a charity arts organisation, we do not, as it is said, ‘waste a crisis.’ We see it as an opportunity to think out-of-the-box on how we embody the can-do spirit while relentlessly pursuing our vision to be a positive impact on the community through the arts.”

The idea of the book was inspired by an observation from the TRCL team on panic-buying that occurred during the Circuit Breaker last year. Instant noodles were one of the top three grocery items that flew off supermarket shelves.

Adds Mr Goh: “We realised that the snack could become a common denominator that attracts and binds peoples from all walks of life. Thus, the idea of a book that could bring the community together arose, serving as a repository of sorts for the community to share a memory, a moment from their lives. In the current situation we also felt that such a book would make an appropriate occasion to raise funds for our deserving causes.”

Instant Comfort includes stories from corporate chieftains, healthcare workers, students, national servicemen, artistes, foreign domestic workers, retirees, community organisation members, professionals, young and old. The book includes accounts by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung, artiste and creative director Kit Chan, blogger mrbrown, former Olympic swimmer Oon Jin Teik, celebrity chef Eric Neo, William Wan of the Kindness Movement, Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest, Lee Chee Koon, Group CEO of CapitaLand, to name but a few.

The 101 stories are at once heart-warming, humorous and life-affirming with this snack as a talking point.

Says Mr Alvin Tay, Deputy Chairman of TRCL and Advisor to the BT BAF: “The book is the creative output of a charity arts organisation which has seized the opportunity to engage diverse communities in a meaningful manner. Instant Comfort: A Collective Memory has brought the community together at a time when morale is tested, and visibility is not as clear as we wish it to be. The human spirit is resilient in challenging times and we are constantly finding a myriad of ways to stay resourceful and cheerful.”

Funds Raised for Charity

Instant Comfort: A Collective Memory has raised $600,000 for two children’s charities – The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF). We are grateful for the support and generosity of our donors including Lee Foundation, Sea Limited, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, FairPrice Foundation, Mind the Gap 200
Fund, Perennial Holdings and The Hour Glass. Our venue sponsor is Raffles Hotel Singapore.

WHERE TO BUY

Price of Book: $25 (inclusive of GST)

Launch Day Special on 17 August

On the launch day from 5.30pm, the book can be purchased at Raffles Boutique, the Raffles Hotel Singapore. Only for this evening, each book will come with a specially-designed bookmark (limited quantity, while stocks last) created by the beneficiaries of BT BAF. The book will be on sale at Raffles Boutique till 24 August.

From 18 August

Online Platforms
• eCapitaMall
• KrisShop Cares
• TRCL website
• Shopee will have a special promotion of the book in September

Physical Outlets
• 10 Square in Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #10-01, Singapore 238896
• The Little Arts Academy, 930 Yishun Ave 2, Northpoint City, #03-38, North Wing, Singapore 769098

We’d like to thank the Raffles Boutique and our e-commerce platform partners eCapitaMall, KrisShop and Shopee for helping us promote the book to the community.

Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020

The Business Times-CapitaLand Fundraiser

Annual fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) and School of the Arts Endowment Fund goes online for the first time in response to Covid-19 safe distancing measures

  • Fourth edition of Sunburst concert, Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020: The Business Times – CapitaLand Fundraiser broadcasts on Thursday 19 November 2020, 8 pm—8.45 pm on SOTA’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/sotasg/videos
  • Young talents respond with ingenuity to their study, play and work areas in school in the creation of their performances

19 November 2020 – The Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020: The Business Times – CapitaLand Fundraising Show will go online for the first time this year in response to the current Covid-19 safe distancing measures.

The concert, which since 2017 has been an annual fundraiser for School of the Arts Endowment Fund [SOTA EF] and Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS], had been previously held at SOTA’s Concert Hall and Drama Theatre.

This new edition promises a refreshing and new take on the theme of “air.” Sunburst 2020 will see SOTA students responding with ingenuity and creativity to spaces within the SOTA campus for their performances while collaborative performances between SOTA and MDAS beneficiaries take on a digital spin with clever editing effects.

Says Mr Wong Wei Kong, Editor of The Business Times, which is the concert’s Organiser, “The impact of Covid-19 has highlighted more than ever the need for greater inclusivity. The message of Sunburst, in bringing together SOTA students and MDAS members on the same stage, is even more relevant. The restrictions brought about by the pandemic have also not derailed the show–instead it has unleashed a new creativity.”

This virtual event promises to be a visual treat and takes viewers inside the beautiful spaces of SOTA which was designed by Singapore architectural firm WOHA. The young talents have taken themselves out of the conventional concert stage to record their performances in unconventional settings like the school’s library, canteen, rooftop, and a grove-like terrace.

Viewers can expect to see refreshing takes on well-known works from pop to classical including John Lennon’s Imagine and Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.

Artistic Director Jeremiah Choy says: “I don’t see the Covid-19 situation as a “challenge” but instead an opportunity to rethink, reflect and maybe re-set some of the programming that we’ve done before. The performers are still able to bond over the internet and deliver an amazing programme. The situation allows us to showcase the different aspects and façade of SOTA and MDAS, rather than confining the concert to the theatre or concert hall. Here, the platform showcases how the students and the members adapt to the situation and allows them to deliver something different, something refreshing.”

Sunburst Virtual Concert 2020 aims to raise $250,000 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS] and the School of the Arts Endowment Fund (SOTA EF).
The concert’s presenting sponsor is CapitaLand, main sponsors are OCBC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank; supported by DBS Bank and the SPH Foundation.

Mr Tan Seng Chai, Chief Corporate & People Officer for CapitaLand Group and Executive Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, says: “CapitaLand is delighted to partner The Business Times and return as the presenting sponsor of this inspirational concert for the fourth year to help build a more inclusive society. As a socially responsible company, CapitaLand has been giving back to the communities where we operate globally. This gives us a sense of purpose, a soul to our company. Through our philanthropic arm, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, we support the social growth and development needs of underprivileged children so they can be nurtured to their full potential. We are heartened to see the resilience of our young beneficiaries putting together this virtual concert despite the pandemic. We hope that this concert will enable them to showcase their talents and give them greater confidence in shaping their future.”

Produced by arts and culture not-for-profit organisation Global Cultural Alliance, the 45-minute online concert also features members of MDAS and SOTA students in a collaborative cover of the catchy and resonant Bruno Mars’ number Count on Me. This performance acknowledges our interdependence and need for unity to rise against the disruptive nature of the pandemic, particularly in lives of MDAS members.

Mr William Eng, 32, MDAS member and designer with MDAS employment programme B-Hive says: “Despite difficulties we still can burst through the barriers like sunrays. Definitely felt very lucky and honoured that we can still perform under such circumstances. It’s been a fruitful experience. I’ve learnt a lot collaborating with this group of energetic, exciting, young talented students.”

SOTA students have augmented their vocal performances with visuals to amplify their sets. The group JFR (Jaime Chew, Freesia Tong, Raeanne Wong, all aged 15) have added a visual element to their medley When You Wish Upon a Star and Over the Rainbow with original art by MDAS members.

On behalf of the trio, SOTA Music student Raeanne Wong, 15, says: “To us, Sunburst is a platform that unites hearts and brings the community together. As such, we are immensely honoured to be given such an opportunity.”

Visual Arts student Freesia Tong adds, “Our performance includes a special visual arts component where we digitally drew on original artworks created by MDAS members. These meaningful and vibrant works represent friendship, hope and joy as we strive to create a more inclusive community.”

The Blue Charity Gala 2019– Stand by Me

Themed Stand by Me, The Blue Charity Gala held at Resorts World Sentosa on 30 August saw more than 600 individuals and corporates coming together in support of SPD and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

Local disability charity SPD and not-for-profit arts organisation The RICE Company Limited (TRCL), which manages BT BAF, joined hands for the first time to raise more than $500,000 for persons with disabilities and young persons with aspirations in the arts.

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.

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Blue Charity Gala dinner raises S$500K for BT BAF, SPD

Gala event to raise S$600,000 for persons with disabilities and the arts

British Theatre Playhouse – The Definitive Rat Pack “Art for Charity” Gala Reception, Dinner & Performance

Wednesday 27th June 2018, 7.30pm onwards
Guest of Honour: H.E. President Halimah Yacob
Under the Patronage of the British High Commissioner
H.E. Scott Wightman

 

About “The Definitive Rat Pack”

Direct from London’s West End, “The Definitive Rat Pack” has undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Having premiered in London’s West End where it earned an Olivier Award nomination, we now look forward to welcoming the original cast, Stephen Triffittt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long to Singapore. The production has subsequently toured Europe and the USA – driven by UK performers and musicians – it has been seen by more than 10 million worldwide for more than 10 years!

The Business Times Budding Artists Fund will receive 30% of the gross proceeds from all the table and ticket sales. For more information, please contact us.

Click here the the appeal letter.

Click here for the booking form.

Moving Hearts, Overflowing Hands

‘Moving Hands, Overflowing Hearts’ featured the Inspiring Trio – Chen Jing, 8 Toby Tan, 9 and Jessie Meng, 10. The three young performers gave an exhilarating concert at The Esplanade Recital Studio in aid of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

This concert is organised by The Musique Loft and raised over $10,000 for BT BAF.

String A Legacy: Raising the Next Generation of Musicians

A musical legacy will be handed down this coming November in a concert titled String A Legacy featuring Singapore’s internationally renowned violinist Min Lee and her protégé 12-year old Samuel Tan making his debut at Esplanade Concert Hall.

Samuel, the youngest winner of the prestigious 2014 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy at the age of nine and among United Kingdom’s favourite classical radio station Classic FM’s top ten list of child prodigies in 2016, has been under Min Lee’s mentorship since he was seven years old.

Centered around the theme of legacy, String A Legacy will also see Samuel continuing the violin lineage from his mentor, Min Lee.

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Piano Marathon: 12-hours of non-stop piano-playing World’s leading piano maker launches new community outreach programme with a piano marathon for charity

The world’s leading piano maker, Steinway & Sons, will score a first in Asia this December with the launch of a new community outreach programme that will see a 12-hour music marathon for charity.

Called Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard, the event is scheduled to be held on 16 December at Singapore’s iconic shopping mall ION Orchard Level 1 Atrium. It aims to reach out to over 500 participants from all ages and all walks of life to provide 12 hours of continuous piano music. Nett proceeds from funds raised for the event will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) that provides arts training to children and youths from financially disadvantaged families.

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Thrice a Charm: Yu Neng Primary School Pays It Forward with Tote-ally Eco Friendly Project

For a third year running, a local primary school and its supporting community will come together to raise funds for students in need.

Yu Neng Primary School (YNPS) will be creating 1,324 eco tote bags featuring an owl motif with hand-sewn eyes, that will be distributed to the public whose donations for the bag will go towards raising funds for ChildAid, an annual charity concert in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

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Leading Childcare Educator Celebrates Children’s Day with A Good Deed To Charity

Leading Singapore childhood educator, Patricia Koh brought cheer to 200 beneficiaries yesterday with a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative through her childcare chain, MapleBear Singapore on Children’s Day.

In celebration of Children’s Day and in the spirit of giving back to the community, Koh’s childcare chain, MapleBear Singapore – developed from a Canadian based early learning programme – demonstrated its generosity with a treat for beneficiaries of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) at Resorts World Sentosa. This is MapleBear Singapore’s first CSR outreach to financially disadvantaged families with young children in Singapore. Net proceeds from the event are donated to the BT BAF.

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