Diema’s Dream opens new doors for disabled children
Over 260 guests gathered in GUM’s spectacular Demonstration Hall for the ‘Dreams 2010’ event, which was opened by Bob Foresman, Managing Director of Barclays Russia, a general sponsor of Diema’s Dreams Auction.
Photos by Alina Ganenko
“When the celebrated hammer of Christie’s Chairman Hugh Edmeades came down on the final lot of the annual Dreams 2010 auction on June 5, the Diema’s Dream Foundation, which supports disabled Russian orphans, had raised an astonishing $313,000 for its programs in Russia,” comments Zhenya Mendenhall, who is one of the organizers of the auction and Diema’s Dream member.
Mary Dudley, the founder of Diema’s Dream, gave the guests an update on the foundation’s many programs, including the unique village for disabled children near Moscow. Diema’s Dream’s larger goal is to support changes in society and legislation which would give parents an important role in the upbringing of their disabled children, who are usually sent to state institutions.
A highlight of Moscow’s social calendar, the Dreams auction brings together hundreds of supporters of the foundation, as well as dozens of well-known Russian artists who donate their paintings and sculptures to be auctioned off for the charity. Christie’s Chairman Hugh Edmeades made a special trip to Moscow to lead the guests through a spectacular – and generous – evening.
Other longtime and new supporters of Diema’s Dream include: KPMG, Linklaters, Clifford Chance, TNK-BP, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia, DeGolyer MacNaughton, White & Case, Credit Suisse and Conoco Phillips. Continuing a multi-year tradition, the sumptuous food was provided by Uley Catering. And the Ararat Park Hyatt, a year-round supporter of Diema’s Dream, donated many services from its 5-star staff.