SOIT members and our guests have celebrated the 5th jubilee edition of Columbus Day: the incentive travel day. Every year as part of this event, we have been organising a charity auction of travel memorabilia brought by SOIT members from around the world.
During this year’s gala, more than 100 people, including SOIT members, corporate clients, industry partners and media representatives, celebrated in the atmosphere of travelling around the world. The guests were given a good laugh thanks to a stand-up by Karol Modzelewski, known among other things from his performances in Kuba Wojewódzki’s show. As always, the auction of travel memorabilia provided by SOIT members, conducted by Jarek Jatel from the Widelec cabaret, served as a highlight of the event.
The participants could bid for exceptional souvenirs, figurines and sculptures from Zimbabwe, Panama, Bali, Palau, Myanmar, Malaysia or Japan, original spirits from Mauritius, Nepal and Italy, cigars straight from manufactories in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, as well as unique books with autographs of authors, photographs, paintings and many other items. During the auction, we raised the amount of PLN 22,100, which was contributed to the project entitled “Budujemy Nowy Dom” [We Are Building a New House], carried out by Joanna Radziwiłł’s Opiekuńcze Skrzydła [Caring Wings] Foundation. The auction will allow us to cover the cost of installing central heating and to buy a stove. Thanks to SOIT members, the children under our care will have a warm and cosy home. Thank you for your kindness and for remembering about us, says Magdalena Kryńska, president of the Foundation.
Our guests could also take part in a business card lottery and have a chance to win the first prize – a double ticket to Dubai, sponsored by the Emirates airline, the Main Event Partner.
The fifth, jubilee Columbus Day has been beyond all doubt the best one so far, sums up Sebastian Słoniewski, President of SOIT. The event has been attended by very many people, including both the invited guests and SOIT members. Once again, we have proven that our meeting with clients, partners and guests is not only a social event, but most of all a noble cause. We have managed to auction the donated memorabilia for a total of over PLN 22 thousand and allocate these funds for needy children. I find it extremely inspiring that in spite of internal competition, we are able to join forces for a common idea. We hope that our guests will not forget about Columbus Day and that it will remain a joint celebration of both corporate clients and SOIT members for many years to come.
The Columbus Day Gala was held on 17 November at STIXX Bar&Grill in Warsaw.
Main Event Partner: Emirates Airline
The Gala Partners: Agencja Berm Creative Production Group, Rajt, Imperium Group, Agencja Artystyczna Antrakt, Code & More Software House, Folkstar i marka Lirene.
Prizes for the business card lottery winners have been sponsored by the following hotels:
Double Tree by Hilton Bratislava, Qubus hotels, Qubus Krakow, Hotel Mościcki**** Resort & Conference in Spala and Bonifacio SPA & Sport Resort.
Photographs by: Katarzyna Cegłowska www.ketti.pl
Web site: www.columbusday.pl