It was a night of old school glamour when the American Association of Singapore (AAS) threw its George Washington Centennial Ball to mark the organisation’s founding in 1917. Held at Capella Singapore the black-tie affair on March 4 had a distinct 1920s vibe, what with jazz tunes and live music from Johnny James (aka “Dr J”) and his band and an onsite prohibition-era, speakeasy-style bar.
But the night was also not without the pomp and ceremony befitting of a centenary. Glenn van Zutphen, President of the AAS, and Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, the US Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., to Singapore both made addresses; while the US Navy Color Guard presented the flags and the Singapore American School’s a capella choir, The Pitches, sung the anthems of the two countries. A dragon dance troupe also made a thrilling appearance.
Not merely an occasion for celebration, guests were encouraged to give back to the community through a raffle draw and silent auction that featured prized vacations, jewellery and fine wine. Tasselled keys, were also up available for purchase, giving one lucky holder the chance at unlocking a chest containing two roundtrip business class flights to the US from Emirates.