Princezi Katarini Karađorđević nagrada za humanitarni rad
Autor: J. T.
Njujork, Beograd - Princeza Katarina Karađorđević je prvi dobitnik priznanja Fondacije Džordž „Best“ Kostakos za izuzetna dostignuća u humanitarnom radu, saopšteno je iz Kraljevskih dvorova na Dedinju.
Nagrada joj je uručena na prijemu u Univerzitetskom klubu u Njujorku, kojoj su između ostalih, prisustvovali ambasador Srbije u UN Fedor Starčević, generalni konzul Srbije u Njujorku Ranko Mirković, članovi dilmatskog kora i javnog života iz Grčke i SAD. Fondacija Džordža „Best“ Kostakosa za kulturu i istraživanje raka osnovana je 2009. u spomen na čuvenog brodvejskog pevača i glumca Džordža „Best“ Kostakosa, koji je tragično preminuo u 43. godini od tumora na mozgu.
Humanitarni ručak u Njujorku
Tea Obreht gošća kod Karađorđevića
Američka autorka srpskog porekla Tea Obreht, koja je nedavno ovenčana i prestižnom nagradom Orindž za književnost, pridružila se humanitarnoj kampanji princeze Katarine Karadorđević i prestolonaslednika Aleksandra.
Tea je bila specijalna gošća na ručku koji je dobrotvorna organizacija prinčevskog para „Lajflajn" za pomoć deci bez roditeljskog staranja priredila pre dva dana u Njujorku. Tea Obreht proslavila se svojim debitantskim romanom „Tigrova žena", čiju je radnju smestila u zemlju svog porekla, sa domaštanim mestima i ljudima. Ona će učestvovati i u dobrotvornoj aukciji, pa će onome ko da najviše obezbediti počasno mesto na jednom od njenih predavanja. Ova zanimljiva aukcija traje do kraja oktobra, a sva prikupljena sredstva biće iskorišćena za pomoć deci bez roditeljskog staranja u Srbiji. Inače, tokom oktobra i supermodel Petra Nemcova i doktorka Rut učestvovaće na onlajn aukciji koju organizuje „Lajflajn Njujork" koja će učesnicima dati priliku da osvoje ručak s njima.
U okviru ovog humanitarnog dogadaja, tokom kojeg su prikupljana sredstva za decu bez roditeljskog staranja, održana je i „tiha aukcija", tokom koje su gosti bili u prilici da se nadmeću za proizvode koje su donirali čuvena dizajnerka Dijana fon Firstenberg, Tinkati, kao i za nekoliko vrednih nagrada poput povratne avionske karte do Rio de Žaneira personalizovanog vaučera za kupovinu u Karlislu, vrednog 1.000 dolara, i mnogih drugih.
Karađorđevićima se pridružilla i naša operska diva Jadranka Jovanović, te poznati svetskin terapeut doktorka Rut Vesthajmer i supermodel i filantrop Petra Nemcova. Princeza Katarina je istakla da njena fondacija u Srbiji ove godine obeležava lOgodina rada, i da je u torn periodu, uz pomoć mnogobrojnih prijatelja širom sveta koji su joj pružali podršku, uspela da pomogne stotinama hiljada ljudi.
- Izuzetno sam srećna i polaskana da ste vi'još jednom odlučili da nam pomognete u ovom humanom pregnuću. Zaista ste bili potrebni deci Srbije rekla je ona.
Prisutni su uživali i u nastupu Jadranke Jovanović, koju je na klaviru pratio Nikola Rackov. Ovo izvodenje Jadranke Jovanović inače je deo njene američke turneje pod nazivom „Biseri svetske muzike". Naša primadona će učestvovati ujoš jednom humanitarnom koncertu pod pokroviteljstvom Karađorđevića, koji će se održati u ponedeljak, 17. oktobra, u Čikagu, a u korist „Lajflajn Čikago" humanitarne organizacije.
THE GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS CULTURAL AND CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, OCTOBER 12, 2011
THE GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS CULTURAL AND CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION HONORS HRH CROWN PRINCESS KATHERINE OF SERBIA AT ITS FIRST HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARDS
The GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS CULTURAL AND CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION awarded its first GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD to HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia for her
extensive humanitarian activities at a concert and cocktail reception held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at a private Club on Fifth Avenue. HRH is the patron of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization which operates in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Greece and Serbia. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine was born in Athens, Greece to Robert and Anna Batis. She was educated in Athens and Lausanne, Switzerland and studied business at the University of Denver, Colorado and the University of Dallas, Texas. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, England in 2007. Princess Katherine speaks English, Greek, French, Spanish and Serbian.
An international crowd of dignitaries from the diplomatic, scientific, academic and cultural fields turned out for the award presentation which was proceeded by a concert featuring an international roster of talented young performers. Among those attending were His Excellency Mr. Feodor Starcevic - Ambassador of Serbia to UN, Ms. Aghi Balta,Consul General of Greece, Ms.Koula Sophianou, Consul General of Cyprus, Ms. Mirjana Zivkovic, Consul General of Serbia, Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Jacovides, President of the board of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization NY, Mr. David Hrych, well-known architect Mr.Kostantine Kondyllis, Dr. and Mrs. Steven Stylianos, Dr. Chrysanthe Routzounis, Dr.David Lyden, Stavros Niarchos Chair at Weill Cornell Medical Centerand attending pediatric neurooncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering CancerCenter, Dr.Demetrios Skokos of Rockefeller University and Regeneron, and Dr. Christos Koutentis as well as Mr. Ijaz Malik.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. David Lotz, Director of Communications for the Actors Equity Association. Guests were enthralled by the performances of John Himmel, Lynn Manuell, Seth Weinstein and the soprano Jadranka Jovanovic. The well-known artist Russell Bush presented Her Royal Highness with an original work of art designed specifically for her. The HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD was designed by the world-renown sculptor Nikos Floros. The award is a modern design of aluminum and plexiglass, using a technique originated by Mr. Floros. Among other works, Mr. Floros has utilized this technique in his famous sculptural costumes inspired by Maria Callas.
In her opening remarks, Dora Ziongas, Vice President and co-founder of the George "Best" Costacos Cultural and Cancer Research Foundation spoke about George Costacos'work and humanitarian spirit, the foundation's mission and work and how HRH Princess Katherine's passion and commitment to her work were an inspiration to her and the other members of the board. "There could not be a more deserving individual to receive the first George "Best" Costacos Humanitarian Spirit Award than Her Royal Highness." Ms. Ziongas said.
The HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD was presented to Her Royal Highness by Dr. David Lyden, Stavros Niarchos Chair at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Attending Pediatric Neurooncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In her acceptance speech, HRH Princess Katherine spoke about the inspiration she drew from her parents who always provided a strong example with their own humanitarian activities. She thanked the members of the board of the George Best Costacos Cultural and Cancer Research Foundation and the President and Vice President, Nikos Floros and Dora Ziongas for this honor. Her Royal Highness spoke about her commitment and work to help bring peace and compassion to a world that sorely needs both "There always seems to be money for war but never enough money to help people," she said characteristically.
The George "Best" Costacos Cultural and Cancer Research Foundation will support the innovative research of the laboratory of David C. Lyden, M.D., Ph.D. A leading authority on cancer metastasis and brain tumors. Dr. Lyden holds the Stavros S. Niarchos Chair at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center where he is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cell and Developmental Biology and an investigator in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Lyden, who is also Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has received numerous distinctions and awards for his work.
Dr. Lyden is co-senior author of "Cancer Metastasis: Biological Basis and Therapeutics" by Cambridge University Press, the first ever book on metastatic research and clinical care of the metastatic patient, published April 2011. Dr. Lyden's team of researchers was the first to identify specific bone marrow precursor cells that induce the formation of new blood vessels that feed brain tumors. With this ground breaking discovery, Dr. Lyden's lab is now trying to develop monoclonal antibodies to receptors on these bone marrow cells. This novel therapy will target and stop the cancer cells from growing and spreading. This exciting research can ultimately lead to a cure.
A recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, THE GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS CULTURAL AND CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION was founded in 2009 to honor the memory of the late actor/singer and member of the ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, GEORGE "BEST" COSTACOS who died in November 2008 of glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor with a particularly poor prognosis. The Foundation's mission is to support research to understand the etiology of cancer, to support improvement in the management of brain tumors, and to promote, foster, and advance the professional pursuits of young artists.
GEORGE COSTACOS was born in Athens, Greece in 1964 and died at the age of 44 in Hanover, Germany of complications from a malignant brain tumor. George Costacos' love of life and humanitarian spirit were an inspiration to all who met him. The George "Best" Costacos Cultural and Cancer Research Foundation was founded to continue his life's work and spirit.
BIOS OF THE ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENING'S PROGRAM
JADRANKA JOVANOVIC was born in Belgrade (Serbia). Her international career began at LA SCALA in Milano where she sang in operas Carmen and Andre Chenier conducted by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly. At LA SCALA she also appeared in the leading role in the world premiere staging of Orfeo by Luigi Rossi. After that Jadranka Jovanovic toured all over the world appearing in operas partnering with Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni and Jose Carreras."She has everything that a true primadonna should have".
SETH WEINSTEIN is a pianist, conductor and composer. He wrote the music for the Off-Broadway musical How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes (New World Stages, 2006). He is also the composer of the critically acclaimed "The Chagall Suite" (an eight-movement piano suite inspired by the painter's artworks) and a musical tribute to Chagall and Elvis Presley; he has performed the pieces in the USA, Germany, and France, and they can be heard on his CD Conversations With Chagall (available at cdbaby.com/sethweinstein). He has toured with Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, Fosse, and Ivan Jacobs's The Phantom of the Opera, and he has been the musical director of numerous regional productions and cabaret shows. He recently returned from Scotland, where he accompanied opera baritone Adelmo Guidarelli in Operation Adelmo at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
LYNN MANUELL has been acting and singing since age 9. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and continues to work in theatre and cabaret. She was in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNPLUGGED (which also featured George Best (Costacos), Marilyn O'Connell, Matthew Morrison and Telly Lueng with Seth Weinstein as musical director and Marc Malamed as director). She was in HOLY REDEEMER HIGH (the music of Fran Landesman). FORGOTTEN BROADWAY and numerous other shows. She lived in London where she studied at Cleo Laine's Wavendon Allmusic Program and sang in clubs all around London with the top jazz musicians there. She recorded her album RETURN TO LOVE on Original Cast Records (she recorded George Best's (Costacos') song The Garden on this Album). Lynn is on the Board of FACT THEATRE where she appeared in UFF DA, RAGBO, numerous Words and Wine presentations and has directed numerous shows as well. She is also on the Board of Touching Humanity which brings theatre classes to autistic children. Lynn works with Autistic children and helps them to appear in the Very Special Arts Festival. Lynn is also a consultant to actors, having represented Sarah Brightman, Betty Buckley, Anita O'Day and many others as a manager and agent. Her company International Production Management represents The Cassidys and coordinated William Michels classical crossover album.
JOHN HIMMEL: The actor John Himmel has appeared with many regional and stock companies throughout the United States. John is a founding member of Lightning Strikes Theater Company which became a resident company of Synchronicity Space, an Off-Broadway theater in the Soho area of New Yor City. John created the lead role in a new play, SEEING THINGS at Alter Stages. As a long time friend of George Costacos, he is proud to be here this evening to continue his memory.
RUSSELL BUSH. A Manhattan-based artist and decorator, Russell Bush was born in Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kutztown University, and moved to New York City where he assisted with a number of Diana Vreeland's exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute during his early career as a fashion designer. Before setting up his own boutique interior design firm, he ran the Interiors Department at Peter Marino & Associates Architects. As a highly-sought-after designer, he has worked for an international clientele in New York, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Connecticut, London, Paris, Venice and Mumbai. His interiors have been featured in such magazines as Elle Decor, House Beautiful ("100 Top Designers") and The New York Times Magazine, which named him "Most Likely to Become a Legend." Bush avidly pursues his interests in collage, drawing and alternative process photography techniques (daguerreotype, cyanotype, platinum/palladium, and hand-painted silver gelatin, among others). He has trained at the International Center of Photography, The Center for Alternative Photography, and has studied privately with Jill Enfield and wet-plate collodion expert John Coffer. Recently his artwork has been shown at the Modern Art Museum Athinais in Athens, the Esopus Foundation's Assembled Picture Library of New York City exhibition, the winner's exhibition of the 10th International Krappy Kamera Competion at the Soho Photo Gallery, and the Kutztown Alumni Exhibition.