Singapore, 29 November - Gastronomic delights and kind hearts converged at the second edition of the Asian Masters Charity Dinner as more than $270,000 was raised and donated to the Community Chest during the dinner, which was held at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore last night.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, was the Guest-of-Honour for the Charity Dinner.
Asian Masters, a gourmet festival running from 1 November to , is organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd (Sphere Exhibits), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), and Presenting Partner Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank).
Presented by Unlisted Collection, The Asian Masters 2013 Charity Dinner featured an exquisite menu prepared by six masterchefs from the group including Chef Andrew Walsh (Esquina), Chef Andres Lara (Pollen), Chef Anthony Yeoh (Cocotte), Chef Sebastian Ng (Ember), Chef Lee Westcott (22 Ships, Hongkong) and Chef Scott Melvin (The Commune Social & Table No 1, Shanghai). Their signature creations were paired with an award winning range of wines from the portfolio of Water & Wines Pte Ltd.
Funds raised from the Asian Masters 2013 Charity Dinner will go towards MINDS IDEA Employment Development Centre, Singapore Association of Mental Health Oasis Day Centre and Eden Centre for Adults, under the care of Community Chest.
An auction was also held during the dinner to raise more funds for charity. Auction items included a batik painting created by a beneficiary of Metta Welfare Association and handcrafted glass plates by beneficiaries of Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. Both Voluntary Welfare Organisations are supported by Community Chest. Each handcrafted glass plate was also paired with items which included Royal Salute 62 Guns Salute, Martell XO Exclusive Architect Edition, Champagne G.H. MUMM Cuvee Lalou 1998, Wines from BOND Estates, LIULIGONGFANG crystal art piece and more.
The donation cheque was presented by Ms Elaine Chia, General Manager of Sphere Exhibits and received by Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest, and Mr Ho Sing, Chairman of Asian Masters Charity Dinner Organising Committee.
Ms Chia said: "Asian Masters is pleased to partner with Community Chest once again in the second edition of the Asian Masters Charity Dinner and continuing our efforts to give back to the society. We are heartened to see the generosity of our guests in helping to make a positive impact to the lives of the beneficiaries and deeply appreciate their great support. From its inauguration last year, the dinner has grown to be a key highlight of the Asian Masters program and it is our commitment to build on this success for the years to come."
Mr Ho said: “Community Chest is glad that Sphere Exhibits has chosen to partner us in the charity dinner to raise funds for the beneficiaries in the care of Community Chest. Funds raised through the dinner will go towards social service programmes that help people with intellectual disability, autism and mental illness.”
“Some of our beneficiaries from the MINDS IDEA Employment Development Centre were also at the reception before the dinner to help the chefs with the canapé presentation. This platform gave them a chance to interact and learn from top-notch chefs at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore.” added Mr Ho, who is also a member of the Community Chest Committee.
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About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.
Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.
Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages, and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.
About Community Chest
Community Chest raises funds on a yearly basis to meet the needs of the social service programmes we help support. Community Chest ensures that fund-raising and other operating costs are kept to a minimum. As these costs are covered mainly by Tote Board and Singapore Pools, every dollar raised by Community Chest will be made available to social service programmes under its care.