SIWA Gala to raise funds for women’s charities

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Feb 25, 2015 - 19:13
  • Updated : Feb 25, 2015 - 19:13

The Seoul International Women’s Association is set to get Caribbean for its annual fund-raising gala.

The function to be held at the Conrad Hotel on Saturday, March 7, will feature a silent auction, cocktail reception and a four-course Caribbean sit-down dinner.

Included in the silent auction will be a valuable Persian rug, Ikea gift vouchers and an MCM satchel among other items.

The funds raised on the night will be split between three different charities that focus on women’s services.

A dancer leads attendees of last year’s safari-themed SIWA Gala in some traditional African dance. (Mhyla Borkowski)

The three organizations that will benefit from the gala are Anna’s in Seongnam City, Gyeonggi Province, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen; Peace House in Goon, Gangwon Province, a residential house dedicated to caring for the mentally ill and less fortunate; and Yang Yang Children’s Welfare Center in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, an after-school care group devoted to children from low-income, single parent homes.

The SIWA Gala chair, Anne Choe, said she fully expected the funds to go a long way.

“I believe the funds will help these charities continue with their work in addressing immediate needs of the population they serve and also have an impact in the community as a whole,” she said.

The editor of 10 Magazine, Stephen Revere, will host the event and the evening’s live entertainment will include the electronic dance group Sam Mardini & Somos, the Union Latina band and DJ Ricky of Somos Club.

Choe says that despite the entertainment, the food will also be a highlight.

“Our wonderful chef from the Conrad Hotel has a few exciting Caribbean flavors planned for the guests. Pernod Ricard will be creating the evening’s signature drink, the SIWA Sea breeze, for the guests to start off the evening,” she said.

For more information, visit the SIWA website at

By Elliott Brennan, Intern reporter (