The second major event was the CENTENNIAL GALA held at Raffles Hotel Ballroom on 20th June 2015 and we were honoured by the attendance of His Excellency President of Singapore Dr Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan. For this event CWA partnered the Fairmont/Raffles Hotel Group for a year of activities and Mr Simon Hirst, General Manager of the Raffles Hotel facilitated the full sponsorship of this gala dinner, and CWA extends our thanks to the hotel staff for a great year of collaboration. We thank Mr Brandon Barker, son of Singapore’s first Minister of Law for planning the entire entertainment programme and all the stars of the show, Glen Goei and Ivan Heng, John Lee, Deborah, Carla & Megan Barker, Lotus Soh, Victor Khor, Eddie Hsieh and Kevin Koh and the emcee Dr Miranda Walsh.
The GALA raised more than $1 million for St Andrews Hospital which was the first hospital set up in Singapore by Dr Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, wife of the first Anglican Bishop of Singapore, who also assisted Founder President Mrs Lee Choon Guan to establish the Chinese Ladies' Association in 1915. Dr Charlotte saw the plight of the local women and children of that time, lacking medical services and set up a dispensary along Bencoolen Street which continued to grow and eventually became St Andrew’s Mission Hospital in 1923 and St Andrew’s Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939.
President Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were our Guests of Honor. Guests were entertained by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei and other well known personalities.