Celebrating Sport Heroes of the Past, Present and Future
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
RCWS Benefit Gala
The Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS), in collaboration with the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in New York, hosted its annual Benefit Gala on September 23, 2010, at Bonhams Auction House in New York City. Over 200 guests — including New York society, diplomats and RCWS benefactors — attended the
IMG star figure skater Sasha Cohen (2006 Olympic Silver
Andrey K. Yushmanov, General Consul of the Russian Federation in New York, thanked the guests for attending the event to celebrate Russia’s winning bid to host 2014 Winter Olympics Games. In his speech, Mr. Yushmanov highlighted the long history of RCWS and important work the charity has done and continues to do for disadvantaged children in Russia.
The principal coordinator of the event, Anna Sergeeva, Director of RCWS’s New York Office, was able to wrangle a celebrity guest list which was a who’s who of athletic and artistic prowess. In attendance were: Viktor Petrenko (Figure Skating, 1992 Olympic Champion), Evgeny Platov (Figure Skating, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Champion), Johnny Weir (Figure Skating,
Vladimir Fekula, RCWS President introduced Ekaterina Semenchuk,
Silent auction items were actively bid upon. Among the items were: Sasha Cohen’s Olympic sweaters and ice skating boots; signed jerseys of legendary hockey players, Viacheslav Fetisov and Sergey Makarov; a private figure skating lesson with Viktor Petrenko; a signed poster by Johnny Weir; Diana Vishneva’s signed ballet pointed shoes; a tennis ball signed by Maria Sharapova; orchestra tickets to Metropolitan Opera productions of "Boris Godunov" and "Tales of Hoffma"; hotel accommodations for four days in Moscow provided by Russian National Group; and a slew of other valuable items.
Guests mingled to the smooth sounds of a jazz quartet, and celebrity guests accommodated all autograph and photo requests from patrons of the event. Guests were treated to a delightful array of food and beverages provided by event sponsors, Vodka Slavyanskaya and Tatiana Restaurant.
The Russian Children Welfare Society expresses its sincerest thanks to those generous and wonderful people who have donated amazing prizes for the auction, put in numerous hours and tremendous effort to make this evening not only possible, but also special:
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