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

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Some SPD and BT BAF beneficiaries will be performing at the gala, which will be held at Resorts World Sentosa on Aug 30.

Singapore

NOT-FOR-PROFIT arts organisation The RICE Company Limited - which manages The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) - is working with local charity SPD to hold a fundraising gala to raise S$600,000 for persons with disabilities and youth with a passion for the arts.

Named "The Blue Charity Gala", the fundraiser is set to welcome 600 guests, including Guest-of-Honour Heng Swee Keat, deputy prime minister and minister for finance. It will be held at Resorts World Sentosa on Aug 30.

Individuals and the business community are invited to show their support for SPD and BT BAF beneficiaries, some of whom will be performing at the gala.

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Also joining the line-up are The Singapore Police Force Band, who will be giving their take on classic Broadway tunes.

"In a big show of support, and consistent with the value of care and share, the talented and renowned Singapore Police Force Band has volunteered to stage a concert for the occasion," said Tan Puay Kern, chairman of The Blue Charity Gala Organising Committee.

Other performers include Adelyn Koh, an aspiring singer with visual impairment, and veteran vocalist Robert Fernando.

"For persons with disabilities and economically underprivileged children to fulfil their potential, we need the support of the community to stand together with these individuals," said Alvin Tay, who sits on the Board of The RICE Company Limited. He also co-chairs the SPD committee overseeing the gala.

"We hope more Singaporeans will come together to do our part for less privileged individuals."

Paul Chong, group chief executive officer of Certis, the Diamond Donor of The Blue Charity Gala, said: "We are pleased to be part of a meaningful initiative. Through our participation in The Blue Charity Gala, we are supporting the aspirations of many budding young artists and empowering them to pursue their passions to the fullest."

Tables for the gala are priced at S$5,000, S$10,000 and S$25,000, and donations will qualify for 250 per cent tax deduction. The funds raised will go towards SPD and BT BAF.