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Chicago rickshaw drivers

As the summer season in Chicago winds down and cold weather starts to roll in, Chicago’s Serbian rickshaw drivers community decided to reflect on this past season. In doing so, they decided to try and make a change for the better. The group of young Serbian men decided to pool together some of their hard earned wages and make a donation to help Serbian children in Kosovo.

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SFS at the Serb Fest in Brookfield

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Branch of Serbs for Serbs participated in the Annual Serb Fest festival organized by the St Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church of Brookfield, Illinois.

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New Chicago charty palacinka party

Last Thursday, August 18th, 2017 newest member of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs USA, Teodora Ljuboja, warmly hosted her first palacinka party in the Chicagoland area. Guests enjoyed palačinke and food, along with relaxing Serbian music, while the young adults were informed in detail about the organization and watched heartbreaking SFS videos.

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SfS at Annual SerbFest in Chicago

For the second year in a row, the Chicago Branch of Serbs for Serbs participated in the Annual Serb Fest festival organized by the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church of Chicago which has been hosting this festival since 1991. It is hard to say if it was the good weather, or just magic in the air, but this festival was the best attended in decades. All three days of the festival were packed with jubilant visitors.

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72nd annual Serbian Day Picnic in Niagara Falls

What has become obvious to us in the last year, is that more and more people have heard about SZS. 

Young students, who are members of their university Serbian Association, approached us about holding a fundraiser for SzS. Representatives of various local Serbian media expressed interest in covering our future fundraising endeavours.

People of all ages dropped by our booth to buy “Trojka iz Bloka” and “Nema Predaje” t-shirts, and suport work of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs.

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5th Trojka Iz Bloka Chicago

The event was started off brilliantly by Nikola Mirotic opening the tournament as its first shooter and setting the pace with 13 points. The 1st round of competition saw 72 competitors trying to beat Mirotic’s score but only only, Pavle Cosic, can boast about topping an NBA players score.


Aleks Chicago

After the first round was complete, while the judges were compiling the top 20 who will move to the Quarter Finals, we had a special performance by Aleks Chicago. Aleks debuted his new song “Putevi Raja”, featuring Melita, for the first time at our charity tournament. Shortly after Aleks’ performance, the quarter finals were under way.

There were plenty of returning champions and top finishers from previous years, but this year, the Crown went to NIKOLA JOSIPOVIC!!! Nikola has won second place previously in Chicago and New York and fourth place in Mladenovac, Serbia. We’re very glad he is persistent and came back again to claim his new crown. Second Place went to newcomer GABE EGERT and the Third Place finisher was last year’s champion NIKOLA BOROJEVIC. Thank you to all of our competitors, guests, friends and sponsors for making this year the most successful Trojka ever!! We raised $20,018 all together and had a great time doing it!


Nikola Borojevic, Nikola Borojevic, Gabe Egert

As with past years, we were lucky to have a great group of sponsors who helped make this tournament possible. A very special thank you for their contributions goes to White City Logistics, Atlas Solutions, DD Logistics, Love Freightways, Skyway Freight Solutions, Imperia, Capital Investment Realty Group, Accolade Design Inc, DAJ Service & Repair, ADR Custom Builders, 3 Star Inc, Bizzmark Logistics Group, 2N Licensing, Lazic Deli, D& L Solutions & Lav Imports. We would also like to give a special thank you to Nikola Mirotic for attending our event and helping make it a huge success. Besides just his presence, Nikola and his family also made a donation of $10,000 to our charity organization.


SFS president Petko Petrovich with Nikola Mirotic - Chicago Bulls forward

We can honestly say this was the best Trojka ever and a perfect fit for a 5th Anniversary. We are confident that our charity three point tournament has become a tradition which is firmly cemented into this community and will continue to grow each year. THANK YOU EVERYONE for your support!!!!

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

SFS USA

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Second Trojka iz bloka New York

Last year's champion Nemanja Jokic returned to defend his crown, but eventually was bested by Stefan Perunicic for the title of King of New York! Nemanja didn't disappoint and held on to 2nd place overall while 3rd place was taken by new-comer Gabriel Colom.

Similar to last year, the Trojka Iz BLoka Tournament cause a great stir in the neighborhood and attracted many local visitors and viewers. In all, we had 44 competitors for the coveted Trojka trophy and were able to collect $2,422 for helping Serbian children in the Balkans.

Thank you to all who attend and to the New York Park District for allowing us to continue our event in this great city. Special thank you to our sponsors Kafana Restaurant, Pain D'Avignon and Balkan Wine Project for their help and support.

We can't wait to come back again next year, bigger and better!!!

Serbs for Serbs, USA

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Serbs for Serbs Canada - Palacinka Party 2017

Along with $6,060.00 raised at the Palacinka Party, an additional $5,250.00 was sent from Canada to help the Petrovic family from donations collected earlier in the year.

Serbs for Serbs will build them a new home so that the children and remaining family members will be able to live under normal conditions.

Youth, patriotism and big hearts are a recipe for success.

Thanks to the small army of volunteers who worked in the kitchen and who helped to serve, our fundraiser went smoothly. We thank all our dear friends who brought palacinke and worked in the kitchen.

We want to especially thank our beautiful young supporters who showed up in large numbers to help us serve palacinke, sell coffee and t-shirts, and collect email addresses. And finally, thank you to the parishioners who have shown trust in our organization, by each year turning out to support our fundraiser.

God willing, see you next year.

CHEERS!

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Trojka iz bloka held in Canada

Thank you to Ognjen Stojaković, assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets, for the TiB promo video and to the Serbian newspapers Toronto Novine and Vesti for keeping the story front and centre.

A big shout out goes to the boys and girls from the Sports School Junak who gamely picked up the balls after every throw, making sure the players had them on time. Serbian sports stars in the making! “Hvala” to Father Jovan Marjanac and Ɖakon Radovan Kodić for their words of inspiration.

During the two-hour event, DJ Neven pumped out the music and MCs Jovan Brkić and Dan Ozimković kept the 300-plus crowd upbeat as they cheered on the shooters ranging in ages from 8 to 58.

Competition was fierce and there were even a couple of ties! But the scoreboard never lies. Winners at the lst annual Canadian Trojka iz Bloka event were:
• 1 st place: Igor Trbojević ​ (14 points)
• 2nd place: Mario Čaušević​ (14 points)
• 3rd place: Mladen Jokić ​ (13 points)

When Serbs come together, great things happen!

That’s precisely what happened when 25 Serbian businesses throughout the GTA stepped up and said “apsolutno” to supporting Trojka iz Bloka Canada.

Huge success of first tournament in Canada is opening new opportunities for TROJKA IZ BLOKA mission!

Be a part of a team that is changing future of socialy endangered children across Balkan!

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Magical charity donuts in Canada

But our tireless trio did not stop there. The next day, at folklore practise with the group Poletarci, led by choreographer Lala Stevanov, they collected an additional $85.00 for our charity.


Folklore group Poletarci

We are happy to see the enthusiasm and good will of Serbs in the diaspora who have not forgotten our people in the homeland. We thank Dara, Ljiljana and protinica Zeljka, along with all donors for their continuous support of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs.

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Second darts tournament in Chicago

Along with all of the competitors, we had dozens of friends and family enjoying the competition from the sidelines.

Many children were lined up along the playing field watching, learning and planning on how they will one day compete for the title of Darts Champion! In all, we were able to raise $910 dollars in donations to help impoverished Serbian families in the Balkans.

The winner of the competition was a newcomer to the tournament, but a volunteer of SFS from the beginning in 2010, Vladan Krstic! Second place belongs to Marko Neskovic of LaGrange who is also a regular at the Trojka Iz Bloka tournaments every year. Third Place went to Andjelka Vujovic of Lyons, IL.

The jubilant atmosphere went late into the night and we are excited about the prospects of next year’s tournament!

We hope to see everyone come back and maybe we can have 64 competitors!

Regards from Chicago!

SFS America

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Krofna Party Raises Dough for SFS Canada

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Following church service and just before the Church community's annual general meeting, friends and families enjoyed the homemade krofne to champion the charity whose work they previously supported.

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You'll recall Windsor Serbs donated $60K to SFS Canada in 2016 to help families in need within Serbia's flood regions. 11 families and 59 children received aid with those funds.

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Thank you Dara, Anne, Ljiljana, protinica Željka and daughters, volunteers and donors who supported the Krofna Party. Together you proved, once again, that when Serbs come together, great things happen. Ziveli!

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