Corporate Budapest was out in force last Friday night, raising approximately HUF 15 million (EUR 54,000) towards safety school programs aimed at Hungarian children, taking place at the iconic Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest, United Way Hungary’s Annual Gala Dinner and Charity Auction.
More than 230 people were wined, dined and entertained in style while giving back to their community. The evening’s entertainment commenced with pupils of the Pannonia School charming the audience with Hungarian folk dances and finished with sensuous samba dancers sizzling to the beat of Batucada.
In between, the highlight was the performance of Presidance, the acclaimed and innovative Hungarian dance troupe. Combining authentic folk music with funk, jazz, rock, psychedelic and electronic musical genres and then adding amazing dancers, artists and singers, Presidance wowed the audience from start to finish.
Business leaders from such companies as Celanese, BayShore International, DunaPro, Minimax, Budapest Bank, 7 Field, First Med Centers, Kinnarps, Ernst & Young, Equilor, Grayling, KPMG, iEurope, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Process Solutions, along with their guests, bid generously on the impressive array of auction prizes. These ranged from a case of fine wines to a sailboat day trip on Lake Balaton that included a gourmet lunch, wine-tasting and dinner.
United Way Hungary focuses on safety and prevention of avoidable accidents among children and youth. On average five children die and another 460-plus visit a hospital nationally each week after accidents that could have been prevented. According to the charity these tragedies significantly limit the country’s ability to support families, build strong communities and encourage a vibrant economy and civil society. The money raised at the gala will directly support its innovative Safety School Program that shows children, parents and teachers how to prevent accidents before they happen.
More to come
To this end, United Way Hungary will host a full-day conference on November 25 with attendees from the NGO, educational, healthcare, governmental and private sectors that will culminate with the awarding of a demonstration project. Both the conference and the award are supported by Citibank.
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