The Gala reception to honour the winners of the Foundation
The Gala reception was held on July 13 to celebrate the Assembly of Twelve Saint, Glorious and All-Praised Apostles.
“Such events have become traditional just like the “Faith and Loyalty” Awards Ceremony which takes place on December 13. And today we have the opportunity to express our gratitude to and respect for the winners of the International Prize “Faith and Loyalty”. This year the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary. We would like to celebrate this wonderful day with all our friends and allies who were together with us throughout the years” – Vladimir Bushuyev, Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, greeted the guests at the Opening of the Gala event.
Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, told about the most interesting projects of the Foundation and reminded how “Sanctity of Motherhood” programme was created. Currently “Sanctity of Motherhood” programme is being developed across Russia. There are over 40,000 saved children’s lives. “It is comforting that President of the Russian Federation speaks about support for children, support for motherhood. It is pleasant to see that the small project we had started turned into the basic task of our state and our society” – Vladimir Yakunin expressed his feelings.
“This year the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called marked 20 years of its activity in Serbia where the Foundation has presented the programme focused on learning the Russian language.
We are really glad that our eminent trustees, winners of the St. Andrew the First-Called Prize “Faith and Loyalty” and our friends – everybody who makes a personal contribution into the Foundation’s activity – have the opportunity to meet each other. Each of you has unique human features and each of you can be called the people with true values and behavior which help the Foundation to develop steadily year by year. I am sure that everybody in this hall fully support the targets of the Foundation’s work: commitment to our Fatherland, our Faith, desire to preserve and strengthen the historical succession, aspirations to multiply victories and achievements of our people at present and in the future” – said Vladimir Yakunin.
The event was particularly interesting thanks to performances by winners of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. Ekaterina Beleskina, Lev Lavrov, Pyotr Milovanov, Farrukh Pirov and other musicians took part in the concert. Guests enjoyed the performances of the young artists. Vladimir Bushuyev, Director of the Foundation, reminded to the guests that this year the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called and the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation have signed the Cooperation Agreement.
Alexander Rogozhin, Chairman of “Alexander Nevsky” programme, congratulated the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called on the 25th anniversary and thanked the Foundation’s management and friends for the trust and attention they provide for “Alexander Nevsky” programme. “Vladimir Ivanovich! On behalf of our entire team and on my behalf I would like to thank you that 10 years ago you believed in our programme” – he said.
Nikolay Burlyayev, President of the International Film Forum “Golden Vityaz”, winner of the International Prize of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called “Faith and Loyalty”, remembered some projects of the Foundation:
“Dear friends! I am glad that there is this tradition to spend this evening once a year together. Ten years ago I took part in the tradition to deliver the Holy Fire. It has become some kind of holy communion for me. As a result of my cooperation with the Foundation I became a member of the Committee for Relations with Traditional Religious Organizations” – he said. According to Nikolay Burlyayev, not everybody can understand that the Foundation’s activity is similar to delicate and complicated diplomatic work. He remembered the Foundation’s project related to restoration of the church in Ivangorod, erection of the monument to Endel Puusepp in Estonia and other projects which are significant for Russian people living abroad.
Natalia Yakunina, member of Presidential Coordinating Council for Implementation of the National Action Strategy to Support Children created for 2012-2017, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the all-Russian programme “Sanctity of Motherhood”, addressed to the participants:
“There are no main and secondary programmes in the Foundation. Our activity is focused on preservation and growing of our people. “Sanctity of Motherhood” programme marked 10th anniversary. We help simple people: mothers, fathers and children”. Natalia Victorovna wished everybody to enjoy peace in their families.
Vladimir Bushuyev invited Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, and Oleg Atkov, Chairman of the Committee of the International Prize of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called “Faith and Loyalty”, pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR, Hero of the Soviet Union, to take the floor to award decorations and diplomas of honourable members of the Foundation;
“It is our tradition to congratulate everyone who celebrates birthday today:
Let me congratulate Inga Burlyayeva, Svetlana Markelova and Alyona Novgorodova! We wish you good health, happiness and success in everything you do” – said Vladimir Bushuyev to finalize the official part of the event.
Pyotr Milovanov, the old friend and partner of the Foundation, the art director and the principal conductor of the State Academic Russian Folk Ensemble “Russia”, and Dmitry Dmitriyenko, winner of all-Russian and international competitions, performed to honour the new members of the Foundation.
The performances were followed by the banquet for the invited guests.