A charity dinner was sponsored by Goh Bock Seng, founder and principal of boutique M&A firm Dealmakers International Ltd, and hosted by Portfolio magazine for the benefit of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).
The event, titled ‘Fuelling Dreams’, sought to continue igniting sparks of passion in the arts among its beneficiaries, and propel them to fulfil their full potential.
BT BAF was initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005. Since its inception, it has been supporting youths from financially challenged backgrounds to gain self-confidence as well as a sense of purpose and community through the arts. BT BAF supports beneficiaries through an extensive training program at two academies, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth, that provides artistically inclined students with technical skills and real opportunities to pursue careers in the arts.
To date, BT BAF has empowered over 22,000 children and youths to discover and express themselves through the arts. In the process, the training programs beneficiaries attend have enabled them to navigate this challenging period of their development, and have equipped them with the drive and the tools to live their best life.
The charity dinner, held in SKAI Suites at Swissôtel The Stamford, saw a big turnout of friends, business associates, and members of the media who lent their overwhelming support. At the end of the evening $40,000 was raised for BT BAF.
Guests at the event were treated to dance performances by BT BAF beneficiaries who are attending The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth.
In appreciation of their generosity, 13 top donors each received an artwork handpicked by TRCL, including works done by BT BAF beneficiaries.