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Donors, big and small, honoured at Patron of the Arts awards

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:46 PM
 
Mr Hong Huazheng (left), 29, photographer, receipient of the Arts Supporter Award and Mr Poh Choon Ann, 78, CEO, Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Ltd, receipient of the Patron of the Arts Award. Over 340 heritage champions were recognised for their donations that have helped shape Singapore’s arts landscape at the annual Patron of the Arts awards on July 17, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

YOU do not need to be a big corporation or have deep pockets to give to the arts - as seen at the annual Patron of the Arts awards tonight July 17.

Over 340 heritage champions were recognised for their donations that have helped shape Singapore’s arts landscape.

Among those was Poh Tiong Choon Logistics, which received the Patron of the Arts Award for the third time, for cash donations to around 30 arts productions, from Chinese opera to the Chinese Choral Festival. Its donation was worth about $385,000.

The company’s chief executive Mr Poh Choon Ann told The Straits Times that he has been supporting arts and cultural activities for over 40 years. Mr Poh, 78, said: “I’m very happy to be receiving the award. It is also very encouraging to see there are many other individuals who are enthusiastic about supporting the arts community. It is important for each of us to give in whichever way we can.”

 
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