The American Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the traditional Thanksgiving Charity Dinner for 15 years. This landmark event of the Chamber is a sitting dinner with a traditional American Thanksgiving Menu, live music and a special focus on fundraising. Traditionally over 250 AmCham members, U.S. citizens and official guests honor the event and contribute to the charity initiative.
The main goal is raising fund for “Get Ready to Succeed” program of the BCause Foundation. AmCham members are generous and long term contributors to the programmes, not only with funding, but by greeting and encouraging students in person at Thanksgiving dinners.
Fundraising for the event will occur in several ways:
In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim’s fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.
The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.
The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770’s) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.
In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.
Masters of Ceremony: Angela Rodel and Daniel Tsochev
Live Music by
Harry Eshkenazy & Fortissimo
Ruth Koleva & Militsa Gladnishka
Rewind & Vyara Panteleeva
18:30 – 19:00 Registration and Welcome Drinks
Live Music by Harry Eshkenazy & Fortissimo
19:00 – 19:15 Official opening
Krassimira Chemishanska, AmCham President
H.E. Eric Rubin, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria
Elitsa Barakova, Executive Director, BCause
19:15 – 20:00 American spirit section by Harry Eshkenazy & Fortissimo
20:00 – 20:30 Ruth Koleva & The Fingerstones jazz performance
20:30 – 21:00 Militsa Gladnishka & Band Live
21:00 – 21:20 Raffle Draw
21:20 – 21:30 Dance performance by The Iliev Dance Company
21:30 – 23:00 Dance music by Rewind & Vyara Panteleeva
Get Ready to Succeed is a scholarship programme supporting excelling students who have lost one or both their parents have been raised in institutions or with relatives.
BCause Foundation launched the Get Ready to Succeed programme in 2006. 11 years later we continue to encourage these young people to believe in their own abilities and to achieve success through education. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Our scholarship fellows are focused, highly motivated and hard-working. They all have a GPA of 5 and above. For 11 years together we have awarded 1140 scholarships, totaling over BGN 1 700 000.
For the 2017/2018 academic year Get Ready to Succeed programme has awarded 100 scholarships to outstanding young men and women.
Among them there are future doctors, lawyers, economists, journalists, biotechnology specialists, teachers, IT specialists and artists. The AmCham members are generous and long term contributors to the programme, not only with their financial support but also in providing them with opportunities for internships and career options.
Help us write the next page of young successful Bulgarians!
|Denislav Petrov, fellow of the “Get Ready to Succeed” scholarship award, majoring in Heating, Ventilation and Gas Equipment at the Technical University, Gabrovo
I think all the fellows of the “Get Ready to Succeed” scholarship program are looking for ways to express their gratitude for the people, who donated their scholarships. I also think deeds, not words are important. So, instead of saying “thank you”, we should show them their efforts are not in vain. Among the donors of “Get Ready to Succeed” there are probably people like me, people who know how hard it is sometimes. So, instead of offering them my words, I want my actions to speak for themselves: when I have the opportunity, I want to become one of the people, making this scholarship program possible.
|George Nanov, fellow of the “Get Ready to Succeed” scholarship award, majoring in Medicine at the Medical University – Plovdiv
This year I was selected as a demonstrator at the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology after a competition in which academic achievements were the key criteria. I organized a successful public lecture on Medical Law at the Medical University of Plovdiv, with a guest lecturer – Dr. Maria Petrova. The theme was extremely up-to-date – “Legal risks for doctors”. My dreams are to graduate with academic distinction, to specialize in the field I am interested in and to become a successful young doctor. I am sincerely thankful to all of you – for believing in us, for reaching out to us in hard times. We all try to justify your faith in us!