April 26, 2012

Successful fundraising event in LA

Report by: Jasmina Aleksic, Los Angeles  /GALERY/ /PROMO VIDEO/
The very first Serbs for Serbs fundraiser on West Coast was held on Saturday, April 21 in Los Angeles, California. Tickets were $25/person and included open bar, silent auction and live entertainment. Each donor also received a bracelet that stated “I made a difference”, implying that each $25 ticket they paid will make a difference in the lives of impoverished families. Raffle tickets were also sold for $10 a piece at the admission. Close to 100 people attended this event and together we raised net $5,000.

The fundraiser was funded and organized by Suzana Tizabi, Nenad Djokic and Jasmina Aleksic. There were 16 sponsors who donated funds, their products and services for the silent auction and raffle.Additionally, 12 volunteers worked as bartenders, bar backs, security and cashiers to ensure that all donors have a great time. 
Live entertainment was provided by Milan Vidovic, a Serbian entertainer and producer, and music included Serbian pop and rock hits such as “Moji su Drugovi” as well as American rock classics causing quite a quake on a dance floor.
Silent auction included items such as celebrity jewelry, IPAD3, Garmin GPS, professional headphones, balloon ride and eclectic painting. Raffle ticket prizes were various gift certificates from hair salons, skin treatments, shopping and professional services. Except for the painting and balloon ride, all items were sold for either full retail value or above. IPAD 3 was the most popular item at the auction and was sold for $650. Thanks to all the sponsors who donated for the silent auction and raffle we were able to raise almost half the money this way.  
Sponsors for the silent auction: Ivan Mihailovic, Miona Simic, Primadina Jewerly. Sponsors for the raffle: Jelena Kecojevic (BooksLA), Marjan Janjic & Bratislav Simonovic (BRG), Jonathan Tizabi (JT Intimates), Milica Obradovic (Trip Designs), Sasa Stankovic (Metro Café), Dragan Rakonjac (LaSerbsRadio), Mud Honey Salon, Natalija Ulic (Skin by Natalia), Jacques & Suzana Tizabi (Floyd Associates, Universal  Detection Technology), Natalie Saraf (Makeup by Natalie Saraf).
Organizers spoke briefly about the most urgent projects and goal of $10,000 that is needed to fund humanitarian actions for 11 families in the month of May. Then, the video presentation was shown on the projector and many people got teary eyed while watching it. In the end, Jasmina asked all donors to proudly raise their hands and show off their bracelets because they have made a difference by donating to such an important cause and a great charity.

Thank you ALL for support, and see you again soon!

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs - LA team


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