SINGAPORE. The Moodie Davitt Smile Raising Charity Dinner on Saturday 6 May at Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore has seen a surge of support over the past few days and is now nearing sold-out status.

As reported, the Smile Raising Charity Dinner will raise funds and visibility for international cleft charity Smile Train.

China Duty Free Group (CDFG), the world’s number one travel retailer, has today lent its heavyweight support to the event by reserving a Platinum table.

Qatar Duty Free, the multiple award-winning travel retailer at Hamad International Airport (recent recipient of the World’s Best Airport Shopping award from Skytrax) has also reserved a Platinum table. The Doha-based company has been joined by Shiseido Travel Retail, always a strong supporter of charitable causes and previous Moodie Davitt CSR initiatives.

As reported, Duty Free Americas, the US to Central America to Macau travel retailer, has generously donated a full table booking, as has Dubai Duty Free. Additional auction donations have come in from Lacoste (details to follow in a separate story), Plaza Premium Group, Singaporean fashion brand AKINN, wine company Peuch & Besse, DFS Group and others.

In a further remarkable act of generosity, Karli Cheng (daughter of King Power Group Hong Kong Managing Director and King Power International Chief Merchandising Officer Antares Cheng) has personally donated US$10,000 to the cause.

As reported, in one of the event’s strongest showings of support to date, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has confirmed to be a Diamond Partner (taking two tables) and exclusive vodka sponsor at the event.

The event will feature some outstanding auction prizes. Lotte Duty Free, the Korean number one and world number two travel retailer has donated an extraordinary six-bottle collection of Château Margaux, the famous Bordeaux first growth and among the world’s greatest wines.

Vintage moments: Visitors to the Smile Raising Charity Dinner will have the opportunity to bid on six of the finest vintages in Château Margaux’s glittering history. Click on image to expand.

The donation, courtesy of Soon-Gyu (Jeff) Jeong, Managing Director of Lotte Duty Free’s key Singapore operation, offers a tremendous boost to the event.

Tax Free World Association (TFWA), which hosts TFWA Asia Pacific from 7-11 May in Singapore, has pledged to take two Platinum tables – a magnificent show of support from the leading industry association.

Other bookings include from Sunil Tuli, Ever Rich Duty Free, Changi Airport Group, Duty Free Global, Edrington Group, Estée Lauder Travel Retail, Lyre’s (more news to follow), One World Duty Free, Regent Asia Group, Valiram and Wonderful Pistachios with others to be named soon.

They are joined by Lagardère Travel Retail, Proximo, Purple, Global Drinks Limited and International Korea Tobacco, owner of fast-growing cigarette brand Pointful Korea. Other generous supporters include Amberrich International (publisher of DFE in China), the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association (APTRA), DSV Solutions, Esssential Communications, Raw Substance, Hunter Laing, Kounter (The Bluedog Group), Kreol Group, PromoPower and VMSD.

Individual places can be booked for US$400 each. Gold tables of ten are available for US$4,000 and Platinum tables of ten for US$7,500. Other special support and partnership packages are available.

For more details or to reserve a table or individual place, see the official Smile Raising Charity Dinner website or email Jeannie Wong at  or Vincci Chung at headed ‘Smile Raising’.

On location with Smile Train in the Philippines: (Left to right) Smile Train Philippines Program Director Felix Grimares Jr; Martin Moodie; Philippine Band of Mercy Medical Director Dr. Hector M. Santos Jr; King Power Group Hong Kong CEO Sunil Tuli; and Smile Train Communications Manager for Southeast Asia Vaninna Davidon

Litte Jiana (‘God is gracious’) has had to undergo several operations but she and her Mum Joanna-Marie can now look forward optimistically

Beautiful baby Emilio, a lovely testament to Smile Train’s work, with his mother Cheres, Sunil Tuli and Martin Moodie

About The Smile Raising Charity Dinner

The Smile Raising Charity Dinner at Singapore’s Hotel Fort Canning marks our 21st year in business and our fourth charity dinner to be held in Asia. Previous events in Hong Kong (2007 and 2012) and Singapore (2019) have raised almost US$1 million collectively for the nominated charities.

Smile Train has been among The Moodie Davitt Report’s preferred charities since 2007 when the Hong Kong gala dinner raised over US$300,000 for the cause.

Over the past 15 years, we have helped generate more than US$2.5 million for Smile Train through our own donations (including from The Virtual Travel Retail Expo and The Trinity Forum), charity dinners; the ‘Miles for Smiles’ fun runs in Dubai and around the world; and even a world-record, highest altitude rock gig at the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro called The Chasing Rainbows Tour. ✈