AmCham Thanksgiving Charity Mission 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

We all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2020 will be quite different. This week North America’s highways might not be as crowded as usual. And people who celebrate Thanksgiving – there and all over the world – will gather in smaller groups, some families will not meet at all, many will have their holiday turkey and vegetables while raising toasts in front of the screens of their devices.

We live in the COVID-19 times, and we all should adapt for the sake of flattening the curves, reduce pressure on the healthcare system, and act as responsible citizens. That’s why we took the hard decision to cancel our traditional Thanksgiving Charity Dinner this year.

Thanksgiving will always be about family and friends. It is about expressing our gratitude to people who helped us, and it is about giving to those in need.

The pandemic should not let the spirit of doing good fade, should it? Even in a semi-lockdown we can do good for those who are our future medical doctors and nurses. Therefore, we would like to inspire you and your companies to support the fund raising for scholarships of orphans or semi-orphans who are studying medical specialties in Bulgaria. This will be our investment in their future to stay in Bulgaria.

You all know that for the 15th year BCause Foundation (a proud AmCham member) gives out the “Get Ready to Succeed” scholarships to excellent students and pupils in the 11th and 12th grades. During the 2020-2021 Academic Year, a total of 88 young people (24 of them double orphans or raised at institutions) have become grantees. In 2020 BCause prioritized students studying Medicine and Nursing and gave scholarships to 33 of them: 26 – Medicine, 3 – Nursing, 1 – Medical Physics, 3 – Dental Practice. Many of them are volunteering at COVID wards throughout the country now.

In that program, AmCham Bulgaria has been partnering with BCause Foundation for more than a decade now. Our members have supported more than 150 students through the years – directly or via the famous Thanksgiving Charity Dinner. Now we all can switch to something more practical and inspiring: you and your companies can donate directly to this cause.

Combining efforts and funds we can make a difference by investing in the future of medical workers of Bulgaria. So, please use the bank account to transfer your donation. The BCause Foundation team will facilitate the logistics and will provide the report in the process.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all – from the CEOs to the young apprentices in your organizations – for your hard work in unprecedented times. Everyone’s efforts made it possible to overcome the crisis so far. It is our joint responsibility to continue and to cope with the hard times that are on the horizon. I am certain we all can do so.

Throughout the year AmCham Bulgaria strived to listen to the needs of its members, to support the preservation of sectors of the Bulgarian economy, and to defend the rule of law and business justice. I would like to thank your companies for being loyal members of our community. We all know that you are members because of the trust you have in us and the vision that only together we can do good and be stronger. This is the simple formula for success in 2020 and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Olivier Marquette

AmCham Bulgaria President

Every year AmCham members support talented young people of Bulgaria with the Get Ready to Succeed scholarship fund. Some 30 of them are medical doctors and nurses, who now joined the COVID-19 frontline. They proved not only excellent students but also committed people and strong personalities.

We need your support to continue to stand next to them and support them!” says Elitsa Barakova, BCause Foundation.

Give to:

IBAN: BG47RZBB91551009749244 (BCause Foundation)

And contact BCause Foundation for certificates and more information – Elitsa Barakova, [email protected].