SINGAPORE. In one of the event’s strongest showings of support to date, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has confirmed to be a Diamond Partner and exclusive vodka sponsor at The Moodie Davitt Smile Raising Charity Dinner taking place on Saturday 6 May at Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore.

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

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has an enviable record of supporting charitable causes

Tito’s International Managing Director John McDonnell is a long-time industry friend who has championed Smile Train and The Moodie Davitt Report’s various fundraising efforts many times over recent years. {More recently, Tito’s and The Moodie Davitt Report joined forces in another charitable initiative, each contributing US$5 for every delegate who attended The Trinity Forum in Singapore last November towards the Broken Biscuits Disabled Animals Charity.}

John McDonnell: Perennial supporter of Smile Train

Support for the Smile Raising Charity Dinner has soared in recent days, with an event sell-out now likely. Several of Asia’s leading retailers have stepped in with whole-hearted support – look out for big separate announcements later this week.

Besides full table bookings, numerous individual places have also been reserved. Places remain available although they are going fast so we encourage potential participants to book now. We also urgently need more support in terms of high-value prizes for the live and silent auctions on the evening.

Underlining The Moodie Davitt Report’s commitment to the cause, Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie (accompanied by Sunil Tuli, Group CEO of King Power Group Hong Kong) last week paid a visit to a Smile Train partner, Philippine Band of Mercy hospital in Manila, experiencing first-hand the transformational impact the charity has made on the young (and not so young) needing cleft surgery.

What price a smile?

There’s nothing luxury here but the young patients inside are about to receive, or have already received, a gift more priceless than any shopping emporium can offer. A smile.

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

Other bookings to date include from Sunil Tuli, Ever Rich Duty Free, Changi Airport Group, Duty Free Global, Edrington Group, Estée Lauder Travel Retail, One World Duty Free, Regent Asia Group, Valiram and Wonderful Pistachios.

They are joined by Purple, Global Drinks Limited and International Korea Tobacco, owner of fast-growing cigarette brand Pointful Korea. As mentioned, further announcements are pending.

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’.

(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.” ✈