Renowned business leaders joined the third edition of the joint initiative of BBLF and Teach for Bulgaria foundation
For the third year in a row the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum co-organised a nonstandard event, the Inspirational Leaders Charity Auction that benefits Teach for Bulgaria foundation. The event that took place last night at Hilton Hotel Sofia's Seasons Restaurant raised the record amount of BGN 70, 000.
A big thank you to all of you: guests, partners, sponsors and bidders for your trust and commitment, your support made the elegant event a huge success!
The guests of the unusual charity auction, hosted by TV celebrities Vasil Zueka Vasilev and Dimitar Rachkov, were able to bid for the time of popular and inspirational stars from the arts, sports and business. The famous personalities will devote two hours of their time to share their talent and professional expertise with the teams of the companies that offered the best bid for them.
The record amount raised will support the work of the foundation’s mission of providing easy access to quality education to every child in Bulgaria.
Iravan Hira, BBLF Chairman, said: „I would like to thank BBLF’s members and supporters who share our joint mission of making Bulgaria a good place to invest, work and live in. I hope that again we will demonstrate that investing in our future makes a difference: the leaders of tomorrow are in classrooms today and their motivation and engagement will determine the success of the nation in the years to come”.
„The only meaningful and long-term investment a business can make is education. This is why I support Teach for Bulgaria ans their efforts to solicit talented young people to teach school kids who need them the most”, said Ivaylo Penchev, BBLF Board member and Walltopia manager who again was the most active bidder.
„Thank you all for believing that every child can be successful. It takes a joint effort and a clear vision of the knowledge and skills we want for our children to provide a better future for our economy and society”, said Evgenia Peeva, Teach for Bulgaria’s executive director.
Companies were able to bid for some of the most famous Bulgarian stars: Violin player Hari Eshkenazi, TV producer Magi Halvadzhiyan, pop stars Orlin Pavlov,Maria Ilieva, Vladimir Grafa Ampov and Rafi, athletes Magi Maleeva, Alex Zhekova and Maria Grozdeva, actors Ivaylo Zahariev, Hristo Mutafchiev, Niki Iliev, Zahari Baharov and Darin Angelov, author Georgi Gospodinov, entrepreneur Ivaylo Penchev, financial expert Vladimir Karolev, climber Boyan Petrov.
"I had astonishing teachers in Karlovo and I want more children to have the chance of quality education”, actor Hristo Mutafchiev told the audience. Orlin Pavlov, Hari Eshkenazi, Ivaylo Zahariev and Boyan Petrov also personally motivated guests to support the good cause and eventually TV celebrities Vasil Zueka Vasilev and Dimitar Rachkov who hosted the auction also joined the list of auction “items”.
The 20 stars will share their talents and professional expertise with teams at Walltopia, Coca Cola, Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria, Astra Zeneca Bulgaria, AIMS Human Capital and Dale Carnegie Training Bulgaria, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech, Creative Solutions, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Stanton Chase, Adhoc, Vesela Chervenkova Notary Office and more.
The Inspirational Leaders Charity Auction was held with the kind support of platinum sponsor Walltopia, general sponsor ING Bank and sponsor Sofia Airport Centre and with the partnership of Sofia Hilton Hotel, Bankya Mineral Water and Tohun Winery.
For pictures of the event please refer to the photo gallery below. Don’t miss to check out the extensive photo album on our Facebook page (Photography by Radoslav Panayotov).