Entrepreneurs Raise Funds For Kids Through Retro Party

5 October 2019, Bayan Baru, Penang – Some 150 men and women entrepreneurs came together to celebrate WomenBizSENSE’s 13th anniversary at Olive Tree Hotel, Bayan Baru with a fundraiser dinner and dance, decked out in their best retro outfits. They were also joined by children from Special Children’s Centre and House of Hope, two of the organisations that WomenBizSENSE works closely with. 

Themed “Retro Night: Back to the 70s & 80s” the dinner and dance also featured DJ Carl Hinds.

WomenBizSENSE chairperson, Gina Koay, also presented a cheque to House of Hope to sponsor 13 children’s annual bus fares. WomenBizSENSE has been sponsoring the children’s bus fares since 2015 and continue to do so as we believe education is the key to their future. 

One of the auctioned art pieces by Waheeda of Special Children’s Centre who has only one arm, flanked by Datin Josephine and Gina Koay.

The event also featured a silent auction of three specific art pieces called Up, Up and Away drawn by the children of Special Children’s Centre. They were taught to draw this by Gina Koay when WomenBizSENSE organised an art session at the centre a few months ago. Proceeds of the auction went back to the children and their centre.

WBS chairperson, Gina Koay with Retro Night chairperson, Tammy Yeoh with our Guests of Honour, Madam Tan Lean Kee (wife of our Honourable Chief Minister) and Penang State Exco YB Chong Eng presenting the cheque to House of Hope.

Madam Tan Lean Kee, the wife of the Honourable Chief Minister of Penang and Madam Chong Eng, Penang State Executive Councillor for Women & Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness & Religions Other Than Islam, attended the event.

Also present were Tammy Yeoh, the organising chairperson for Retro Night and WomenBizSENSE co-founders, Datin Josephine Lo and Krista Goon.

Fellow women entrepreneur and community organisations such as Penang Women’s Development Corporation (Ong Bee Leng), Soroptimist International Penang (Michele Tan), National Association of Women Entrepreneurs Malaysia (Yeap Ai Li), Lean In Penang(Jeannie Ooi)  and Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (Dato Annie Chin)  also attended the celebration as VVIPs. 

For the first time too, WomenBizSENSE also opened its doors to men despite being an all-women entrepreneur association.

Highlights of the evening included a fiesty shoe fashion show with exclusive designer shoe collection from Malaysian shoe brand Farfalla, a scarf showcase by Agapi Scarf and a jewellery showcase of Amee Philips’ latest collection modelled by 4 leggy and tall models. The evening made even more fun by the super hilarious and amazing trilingual emcee Isabelle Oon. 

Arene Cheok won the grand prize of the night’s lucky draw

The top lucky draw prize worth RM5,000 was also sponsored by Amee Philips, a homegrown Penang jewellery brand and WomenBizSENSE member, Arene Cheok, went home with the coveted pearl necklace!

We had RM50,566 worth of prizes sponsored by these 40+ generous Penang businesses and companies.

Other prize sponsors for our Retro Night
(please click on each company’s name to find out what they retail or offer):

Nam Loong, Venessa Diamonds, Josh Lee Fragrances, Ban Heang, Kraffmen, Let’s Meat, Precious Ones Collections, Precious Pages Resources, Soap Cart, Nak.Ed Farm, Success Beez, SG Sales & Services,

Perfectly Penang, 3 Leg Cat Cafe, City Wellness Pharmacy, Oily Wonder, Radiant Rocks Enterprise, Lexis Suites, Crystal Palace, Redbox Studio,
5.4 North, Legend Age, Elisa Khaw, OSS Elegant Enterprise, LL Spa Consultancy, Marque de Luxe, Tiger Lily, Tower Spa,

Oxygen Healthy Lifestyle, Norwex, E Antik, Atlantic Motion in Style, Tag Booth, OCCA Event & Wedding Designer, Yuri Soap, Relau Florist, Whytehouse Education Group, Maypartners Consultancy, Agapi Scarf, Olive Tree Hotel, Jeunesse, Juanna Dahalan, Arene Cheok, Amazing Quad, Partymix and Philip Lighting. 

Missed the video we played at our Retro Night? Check out the video by Atlantic Motion in Style here.

More photos at our FB page.

Or click this for official photos by our photographer G3K Studio. 


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