Take A Walk on the W!LD Side

Your Safari guides for the Night: The W!LD Team!

On 3 October 2014, W!LD RICE invited all manner of creatures, beasts and esteemed guests into the NIGHT SAFARI – the thirteenth edition of our annual charity gala. Presented by Hublot for the third year in a row, the RICE BALL was a W!LD success.

Dressed to the nines for a night in the W!LDerness!

The 661 guests for the night were ushered into the foyer of the Shangri-La Hotel’s Island Ballroom, where they could pose for some nature photography with a live albino python.

Jannie Chan gets the BALL rolling

Jannie Chan, Executive Vice-Chairman of The Hour Glass, represented Hublot in welcoming guests to the BALL. She praised the collaboration between W!LD RICE and Hublot, highlighting the values shared by the two companies: a deep appreciation of the craft and passion involved in creating art, whether in the realm of theatre or timepieces.

Kicking off the evening’s revelries was a stunning runway show, featuring Hublot’s exquisite timepieces and design maestro Frederick Lee’s haute couture creations – all inspired by wildlife.

Hosted by theatre veteran Hossan Leong, the NIGHT SAFARI Concert featured exhilarating numbers starring the best and brightest theatre talents Singapore has to offer – from Ivan Heng and Pam Oei to Kimberly Chan and the Martial House kids from Monkey Goes West – all capped off by a thrilling performance by West End star Ria Jones.

Hossan Leong: King of the Jungle
Kimberly Chan performing Eye Of The Tiger, with the Martial House kids for support.
Check them out in Monkey Goes West!
Hossan – as Malcolm Png from Army Daze – meets another form of wildlife,
played with multi-lingual facility by Pam Oei, in Geylang
Ivan Heng: It takes two – or is that three? – to Tango!
Ria Jones raised the roof!

“I love, love, love coming here because everyone is just so passionate about what they do,” said Ria, before launching into spectacular renditions of Rise Like A Phoenix and I Am What I Am.

Guests at the Ball enjoyed a sumptuous five-course dinner prepared especially by Chef Valentino of Ristorante Da Valentino, in collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Nicola Coccia.

Ivan, Glen, Ria and Pam rock the rousing finale number!

“To be ‘wild’ is to be free,” said Ivan during the BALL, which raised close to $800,000. “To be wild is to be able to grow independently. To be wild is to be extraordinary, to think outside the box, to break the rules, to do the impossible.”

“That’s why the RICE BALL is such a vitally important event for W!LD RICE,” he added. “The generous support of each and every one of you is what empowers us to be truly W!LD in the work we do and the community we serve!”

Check out more highlights from the NIGHT SAFARI here:

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