The American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham) Thanksgiving community dinner held on November 24 2014 collected 55 000 leva in total from open bid, silent auction, raffle, dinner fees and members’ donations, AmCham said.
The funds are designated for the “Get ready to succeed” programme and the “We Can” fund of Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation (BCAF). The auction and raffle items were to raise funds for scholarships for orphan students at secondary schools and universities.
During the open bid, three works of art were bid for. Albino Pitti’s painting “15th Anniversary of Lyceum Artis, n. 8” went for 2000 leva to Iva Todorova, IBM. The painting was contributed by the Lyceum Artis in Sofia.
The “Bozhentsi“ painting by Virginiya Paskaleva, donated by Bulgarian Rossen Plevneliev, was bought for 1350 leva by David Butts, CMS Cameron McKenna.
“Small Red Rotation“ by Iliya Zhelev Penkov was donated by Markov & Partners. It went for 800 leva to Reneta Petkova, Deloitte Bulgaria.
AmCham expressed thanks to the bigger donors for scholarships: Amgen, Contour Global, Aurubis Bulgaria AD 1, and Panchim, Gavin Hill, Deloitte Bulgaria, Hans Broucke, BNP Paribas.
The chamber also expressed gratitude to the main sponsors of the event: AES Bulgaria, America for Bulgaria Foundation, ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3, Sofia Events Group, and Philip Morris Bulgaria, Microsoft Bulgaria, Amgen Bulgaria, BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch, Deloitte Bulgaria EOOD, Eurobank Bulgaria, Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria Ltd., Mobiltel EAD, Mondelez Bulgaria AD, Walltopia.
Special guests at the dinner were US ambassador Marcie Ries and Sofia deputy mayor Doncho Barbalov.