The second meeting of IWC Charity Bazaar 2015 stallholders took place at the Embassy of the United States of America on 20th October. Over 70 attendants made their way through the gates for a very warm welcome by host Mazie Hollenbaugh, the embassy’s CLO, who met the Bazaar team’s high expectations, providing a high-tech room which enabled the screening of the charity work presentation prepared by Charity Chairperson Maria Ilieva. During the presentation Maria emphasized on the increased number of projects and the improved process for allocating the funds. She also stressed that the IWC has built a strong reputation as a trusted partner among donors and recipients alike and pointed out the ongoing monitoring of progress on each project through regular visits and reporting. A very detailed account on charity work achievements was provided by Zoe Holliday of the Refugee Project. We were all excited to learn about the difference made in the lives of the boys and girls living at the camp.
Bazaar Coordinator Toi Castello gave a brief overview of requirements for registration and the upcoming deadlines, while Eli Petrusheva updated everyone on media and PR activities. With 30 stalls already registered, things are starting to gain momentum and discussions of floor planning have already begun. Elitsa Lingorski gave an account of the Cookbook project, explaining the extent and the limitations of the editorial planning of the book. Due to budget restrictions the IWC Cookbook will be a limited edition of only 600 copies to be sold exclusively at the this year’s bazaar. Entries from 26 different nationalities participating with a stall have been received. Should you decide to purchase the book you would have the great opportunity to recreate some of the tasty international specialties in your own kitchen. So hurry, reserve your copy while it’s hot off the press! Cover price is 10 Leva for the 80pp full colour book. All proceeds will go towards the IWC Charity fund.