Deepavali or Diwali is the ancient Hindu festival of lights. It’s the celebration of victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. This year, on October 4, founders of Gala of Light — Samia Khan and Bina Rampuria — sought to spread the spirit of friendship, solidarity and compassion to the less fortunate through a gala fundraiser. Held at the Simpor Junior Ballroom in Marina Bay Sands, the money raised at the inaugural Gala of Light goes to two local charities: Beyond Social Services and Compassion Fund. Both are dedicated to helping vulnerable children, youth and their families who may be in difficult circumstances. At the gala, a spectacular fashion show was put up by renowned designer Anita Dongre where she showcased stunning pieces from her fashion label, House of Anita Dongre. That’s not all. The models walked the runway in exquisite lehengas and dresses, accompanied by the live vocals of singer Anita Chughtai. Another highlight that evening was the live auction of various experiences like a six-course dinner with wine pairing at Cé La Vi for six, and luxurious stays at Alila hotels in Cambodia and China. Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S. Iswaran not only presided over the event, he also gave a spontaneous performance of his rendition of Sway by Dean Martin to the delight of guests. By the end of the night, the Gala of Light raised close to $600,000 for the beneficiaries.
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