AmCham Raises BGN 41 000 for Charity Causes
AmCham Bulgaria raised a total of BGN 41,000 through the open bid, silent auction and raffle sales at the Thanksgiving dinner held on Nov. 21, 2017 at the Military Club.
Around 200 guests enjoyed the Thanksgiving menu, entertainment program provided by Militsa Gladnishka and Mihail Yosifov Sextet, and contributed to the AmCham and BCause charity initiative “Get ready to succeed” and “We can” funds. Both funds provide scholarships and professional education courses for disadvantaged students. The 15th traditional Thanksgiving Charity Dinner gathered members of the Chamber, diplomats and official guests.
U.S. Ambassador Eric Rubin and AmCham Executive Director Petar Ivanov greeted the guests. BCause Chair Elitsa Barakova also welcomed the participants and presented the charity beneficiaries “Get ready to succeed” and “We can” funds.
AmCham is a long-time partner of BCause Foundation for many social projects and initiatives for which the Chamber, through its members, has donated nearly 500,000 BGN over the years.
“In 2017 AmCham marked the tenth anniversary of the “Get ready to succeed” program. We are proud to say that we have contributed with more than 100 scholarships worth over 200,000 BGN,” said Petar Ivanov, at the opening ceremony.
In his welcoming address US Ambassador congratulated AmCham for its contribution to charity causes in Bulgaria.
Several member companies opted to support the cause via a direct scholarship donations. America for Bulgaria Foundation, Fama Consuling and Telelink donated 2000 BGN each, while Amgen Bulgaria donated 10 000 BGN.
Guests of the dinner has the chance to purchase raffle tickets, as well as to participate in a silent and open bid for items and vouchers, presented by AmCham member companies. The most attractive item in the bid was a shirt with tennis star Grigor Dimitrov’s autograph, presented by Telenor Bulgaria. Other items included a shirt, signed by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, paintings by Plamen Petrov and Vyara Pancheva, a graphic by Iliya Petkov, a lithography by Rumen Statkov, a shirt signed by Krassimir Balakov and the entire Stuttgard champion team of 1997, as well as many other items.
AmCham extends its heartfelt gratitude to the main sponsors Minstroy Holding and Philip Morris Bulgaria, as well as to our supporting sponsors The Coca-Cola Company, ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and Japan Tobacco International. Many companies participated in the bids, thus donating funds for the charity causes. AmCham thanks Penkov, Markov and Partners Law firm, Telelink, Contour Global Maritsa East, Minstroy Holding, Microsoft Bulgaria and Japan Tobacco International Bulgaria contributed the most.