A special invitation for Sallo; not only was he offered a ticket to visit his home country, the Netherlands, just before Christmas; the ticket came with the request to represent Philanthropy Connections at a fundraising gala dinner organised by the ‘Heeren van Sminia’, an exclusive service club for entrepreneurs and executives.
In the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, home base of the ‘Heeren van Sminia’ more than 200 guests offered a warm welcome.
The man behind the ‘Heeren van Sminia‘, Mr. Geert Schaaij made Philanthropy Connections the single charitable beneficiary of the evening. He, his wife Gea and a group of dedicated contributors moved mountains to organise the event.
This Christmas gift that was offered to us, was an evening that included an impressive auction, a raffle and artists who performed pro bono. All proceeds go straight to Philanthropy Connections.
The gala was hosted by TV personality Catherine Keyl, who has been our board member from the start, and has been invaluable for us in many ways.
The auction items were spectacular: among other things, the suit that famous Dutch singer Gerard Joling wore for King William Alexander's Coronation day, a painting by celebrated artist Ans Markus, a supporting role in a film directed by renowned film maker Steven de Jong and the use of a private jet for a day all came under the hammer of the auctioneer.
Sallo was deeply impressed by the evening: "To to get this kind of support is simply fantastic. It is heartwarming and very motivating. We can continuously do more, for more people in need ".
A great many thanks to the ‘Heeren van Sminia‘ and to all who have contributed!