SFIC’s 33rd Annual Dinner and Dance – SFIC City
Excitement filled the air as guests and staff of SFIC started pouring into Singapore EXPO’s Max Atria for SFIC’s 33rd Annual Dinner and Dance on the evening of 31 October 2014. Many enthusiasts came dressed in occupational-themed outfits, to signify how different people play a part in building SFIC City – a land of endless possibilities.
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry and National Development graced the event as our Guest-of-Honour. Mr Ernie Koh, who was re-elected as SFIC’s President for the 2014/2016 term at the Annual General Meeting held in the afternoon, kick-started the evening by looking back at the council’s achievements in the past and present, as well as moving toward the future with the 3i Approach – Improve, Innovate and Integrate. The newly elected Executive Committee was then announced and along with our GOH, toasted to a greater journey ahead.
The event was then followed by one of the main highlights of this year’s D&D – the Pioneer Generation Tribute Ceremony. In conjunction with SG50 celebrations, this is the first of SFIC’s efforts to honour the pioneers who have laid the foundations and contributed significantly to the industry. Members of the Youth Furniture Committee opened the ceremony with a heart-warming song item dedicated to the pioneers – who made it possible for them to be a part of this industry to begin with. A group of pioneers were recognised and received a special memento presented by the GOH. A special category – Friend of the Singapore Furniture Industry – was also presented to Mr Andrew Sng, who has been SFIC’s Masterplan Consultant since 1992.
Mr Choo Cheng Meng, the oldest recipient, founded Cheng Meng Furniture Group 73 years ago. The company is one of Singapore’s pioneers in custom-made furniture and the interior fit-out industry. His sons, Mr Kesavan Choo amd Mr Choo Yong Fee, who were also recipients, expressed, “We are very glad that SFIC took the time to honour the first generation of the furniture industry. Seeing so many old friends and acquaintances in one night, it certainly brought back memories of how we strived and built our companies from scratch. The ceremony was indeed a timely tribute and it was well planned by the younger generation and the SFIC staff. We know that they will continue the legacy of the industry and pass the baton to many more generations to come.”
The evening continued as guests tucked into a delicious eight-course dinner, while entertained by the beautiful voice of local artist, Alexandra Hsieh, and bonded over a line-up of fun games. When it moved on to the best dressed competition, uproar and cheers were heard among the guests, where contestants stood the chance in walking away with $100 cash prize. The finalists – a Japanese Sushi Chef, a cool Lifeguard, and a comical “Phua Chu Kang” wannabe, as well as a beautiful Nurse, a gorgeous Pilot and an elegant “SQ Girl” (Singapore Airline’s Air-Stewardess) – brought much laughter as they did their best to strut their stuff on stage in the hopes of winning the competition. Our very own Marcus Wong, SFIC Assistant Honorary Treasurer, and Adeline Siau, Assistant Director of Operations, IFFS – also known as “Phua Chu Kang” and “SQ Girl” – eventually emerged as individual best dressed of the year! Avelyn Teo and her team from Benel Singapore Pte Ltd, were crowned the best dressed in the group category and also won $100 cash each!
The evening ended on a high note as three very lucky winners went home with our top 3 Grand Lucky Draw prizes – Trip for 2 to Korea + $100 Taka Voucher, Trip for 2 to Bangkok + $100 Taka Voucher and a Cruise for 2 to Malacca, Tioman or KL + $100 Robinsons card.
We hope those who attended the D&D had as much fun as the folks here over at SFIC. See you next year!
We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting our SFIC D&D 2014:
Access Communications Pte Ltd, Agility Fairs & Events Logistics Pte Ltd, Ambrosia Communications Pte Ltd, APS Media Group Pte Ltd, Ascend Com Pte Ltd, ASCM Sales Pte Ltd, BDO Consultants Pte Ltd, BLS International Pte Ltd, Burnaby Solutions Pte Ltd, Business Integration Guru Pte Ltd, Crescendas Lifestyle SK Pte Ltd, David Sports & Engraving Co Pte Ltd, Elpis Financial Pte Ltd, Ewins Pte Ltd, Ezy Creative Pte Ltd, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford, FLY Entertainment Pte Ltd , HTL International Holdings Ltd, Idealworks Design Pte Ltd, International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd, JC Packer’s System Pte Ltd, Koda Ltd, Maybank Singapore, Maz Industries Pte Ltd, Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Nobel Design Holdings Limited, PHD Singapore, Red Bug Communications Pte Ltd, SingEx Holdings Pte Ltd , Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, Star Furniture Pte Ltd, Studio 2000 Pte Ltd, Sunrise Doors International Pte Ltd, Transit Air Cargo Singapore Pte Ltd, Tangram Design Studio Pte Ltd, Zheng Keng Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd.
SFIC 32nd Annual Dinner and Dance
The 32nd Annual Dinner & Dance, organised by SFIC, received much enthusiasm from the members as we also celebrated our most prestigious Singapore Furniture Industry Awards 2013. Held once every 3 years, this award honours outstanding individuals and enterprises that have made significant to the furniture industry in Singapore.
SFIC was truly honoured to have our Guest-of-Honor, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information to present the awards to the winners of the night. With many of our members joining us in this mega annual gathering held on 1 November 2013 at Raffles City Convention Centre, it was simply an amazing night of heartening entertainment with an excellent opportunity to network.
With all these joyous events happening in just one night, it was indeed a memorable 32 years of milestone that had ended the night on a high note. Here’s a big thank you to all of our guests for gracing the event and of course, all these would not have been possible without the support from our generous sponsors who have contributed to this special and meaningful night.
We hope to see you again in 2014!
SFIC 31st Annual Dinner and Dance
The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) is pleased to announce the official launch of Project Creation at its 31st Annual Dinner & Dance held on 02 November 2012. Attended by more than 500 guests, the night’s celebrations was also a significant one for the Council as its newly-elected President for 2012/2014, Mr Ernie Koh, made his first opening address to the Council, staff and other guests from government agencies, trade and fellow industry leaders along with the new appointments of the Executive Committee for the 2012/2014 term.
SFIC was honoured to have Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr Teo Ser Luck grace the D&D and officiate the launch of Project Creation, a Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) apprenticeship programme jointly developed by Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and supported by both SPRING Singapore and NTUC’s e2i.
With all these joyous events happening in just one night, it was indeed a memorable 31 years of milestone that end the night on a high note. A big thank you to all our guests for gracing the event and of course, all these would not be possible without the support from generous sponsors who contributed to this special and meaningful night.
We hope to see you again in 2013!
SFIC 30th Annual Dinner and Dance
This year, marks the SFIC 30th anniversary and we are pleased to have all our valued members, supporting government agencies as well as our fellow business associates to witness this joyous moment with us on our recent 30th Anniversary Dinner & Dance held at Orchard Hotel Singapore on 7th October.
It is also a special night where we commemorate our efforts in taking on the social responsibility with the adoption of Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) as the beneficiary of the nett proceeds from our August charity golf tournament with a total fund of S$82,330 raised.
Also, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for all your support that has enabled us to contribute 30 good years of service to the industry and it would not be possible without all your warm support to the council. Let us look forward to our next Annual Dinner & Dance in 2012.