GBO 0678The Third Charity Ball of Maria's World Foundation, which took place on 22 October 2015 in Sofia Hotel Balkan under the patronage of H.E. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, Ambassador of France, raised more than BGN 35,000.

The funds raised will be invested in the sustainable development of the job mentorship and assisted employment service, which aims to widen the job opportunities for people with intellectual difficulties and empower more and more of them earn their living.

In line with the established tradition, users of the Worlds Day Centre for people with intellectual disabilities contributed to the preparations and helped with the practical arrangements at the Ball as they welcomed the guests with homemade sweet and salty crisp biscuits and facilitated the sales of tickets for the lucky draw. Mrs. Yordanka Fandukova, Mayor of Sofia, greeted the guests and the clients of the Day Centre. Among the attendees were the National Ombudsman Maya Manolova and Ivaylo Ivanov, Executive Director of the Social Assistance Agency. The charity auction was hosted by Bogdana and Simo, radio stars from the Starter programme of BG Radio. The aquarelle 'Bare Body' donated by the artist Acad. Svetlin Russev was in the spotlight of attention. Many other experiences attracted competitive bids, including a dinner at the Chef's restaurant with the kind contribution of Victor Angelov, owner and head chef; the oil pastel 'Church' painted by Martin Varbanov, one of the Day Centre clients; handmade souvenir 'Wine in Thracian amphora with a box' from Treasure Bulgaria; two donations from the Seasons Art Gallery – brass sculpture 'Attempt to Fly' from Elka Gyoreva and oil pastel 'Blue House' by Evegeni Bosyatski; a donation from Yasen Gyuzelev, one of the most renowned Bulgarian book illustrators – the book Alice in Wonderland and a poster endorsed by Mr. Gyuzelev; a football jersey and ball with autographs from the Hope Team, and so on. The proceeds will be invested in the sustainable development of the job mentorship and assisted employment service, which aims to widen the job opportunities for people with intellectual difficulties and empower more and more of them earn their living. The guests enjoyed the brilliant performances of a guitar quartet from the National School of Music 'Lyubomir Piplov', young talents from the School for children with visual disorders 'Louis Braille' as well as Simeon Zhelyazkov and Simona Ivanova, students in the Pop & Jazz Singing programme of New Bulgarian University. Continuing the tradition from previous years, the Foundation recognized its donors, friends, volunteers and partners by presenting the Maria's World Foundation Annual Awards. The Corporate Donor Award was presented by Krasen Kralev, Minister of Sport, to Coca Cola Bulgaria. The annual award for 'Most Involved Partner' went to Ecolab, our free-of-charge provider of house cleaning detergents. The award was presented by Zornitsa Rusinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy. Hotel Novotel Sofia became 'Company of the year which makes dreams come true'. Villy's dream to find a job came true owing to Novotel Sofia. Villy is one of the Worlds Day Centre clients. The French Ambassador H.E. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes presented the award. The 'Best Social Policy' award this year was presented to New Bulgarian University for their consistent support of various MWF projects and activities. Sofia Hotel Balkan and Douglas Beauty Zone received the awards in the categories 'Friends Forever' and respectively 'Our Beauty Partner'. Maria's World Foundation and the users of Worlds Day Centre express their deep gratitude to all sponsors and donors which made the Third Charity Ball such a successful event: Novartis, Scania Bulgaria, Novotel Sofia, Ecolab, Coca Cola Bulgaria, Douglas Beauty Zone, Sofia Hotel Balkan, Chanel, Hotel Kempinski Grand Arena Bansko, New Bulgarian University, Treasure Bulgaria, Seasons Art Gallery, Institut Francais Culturel, Grand Hotel Sofia, FPI Hotels, Sofia Music Enterprises, Cantus Firmus, Marina Cape, Nestle Bulgaria, Vinprom Karnobat, Terra Tours, Lux Catering, Normax, Event Design, National School of Music 'Lyubomir Piplov', Interlang, Acad. Svetlin Russev, Yasen Gyuzelev, Victor Angelov, Monica Metodieva, Maxim Tutunarov, Gergana Lazarova, Bogdana Trifonova, Simeon Kolev.

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