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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

February 20, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 6

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one."
-- John Lennon

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a new economic order taking shape around the world, with companies in emerging markets growing at a much faster rate than in the U.S.

What's more, there is new evidence that companies embedding CSR principles into their business practices tend to have higher margins in their industries. But despite these findings, the same companies continue to be rewarded for championing sustainability year after year.

-CSRwire, February 18, 2012

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

“What a Wonderful World” was the theme of our 8th Annual Dinner Dance last Monday evening at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel. It certainly was a wonderful world as our 40 PromiseKids performed their magic in front of one of the largest sit-down dinners ever held in Poland. We must be doing something right to attract over 600 members, friends and guests to our program on a cold winter’s Monday night with the temperature ranging between -20 and -30C.

For those fortunate folks who attended our performance, it was certainly a night to remember. If you are anything like me, the lights, sounds, and smells continue to permeate my psyche seven days post-dinner dance. We still get emails and calls from some of you expressing the sheer delight you experienced last week.

I am very proud that the CEOs of 40 of our member companies attended the Dinner Dance to show their support for our cause. Yes, 40 of the 60 tables sold (2/3rds) were hosted by our Foundation’s member CEOs. See photo below of CEOs on stage. What great people they are…

CEOs on stage

Many of you asked about obtaining photos of the Dinner Dance. We will post a link with hundreds of pictures on next week’s newsletter. We will show you just a few memorable photos this week, and hope they ease your curiosity until the link is posted.

The first order of business was the presentation of our Foundation’s highest individual awards to 4 people who have given extraordinary time, money and support to our Foundation over the past 9 years. We were pleased that the Hon. Lee Feinstein, US Ambassador to Poland helped present the awards to our honorees.

Honorary Trustee Plaques

Left to right: Natalie Marciniak, Foundation Operations Director - New Trustee Ogierd Danielewicz, President of KFC -New Trustee Stefan Zaremba, Foundation Vice President - New Trustee Drew O'Malley, President of AmRest - The Hon. Lee Feinstein, US Ambassador to Poland and Honorary Trustee - New Trustee Jeroen de Groot, Chief Operating Officer of Metro CIS/Managing Director of Metro Russia - Virginia Chasey, Foundation Vice President

And who could ever forget that crazy Indian who got confused with the type of Indian dance we would be performing? He looked a lot like Tim Martin, CEO of The Warsaw Rugby Frogs to me???

Tim Martin

We didn’t think Remco Norden could do any more for our Foundation. The Hilton hosted the entire Dinner Dance, and then surprised me by presenting me with a check for our Foundation’s Hot-meal Program. The money was collected from Hilton guests who contributed 1 Euro for each night's stay at the Hilton as part of Hilton’s “Small Change, Big Difference” Campaign. Thank you Remco and the Hilton - you are the best!

Remco Norden presenting Hilton check to Bill

When you came right down to it, the PromiseKids were the stars of the show. They performed dances from 5 continents: Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Europe and received standing ovations for each rendition.

...ending with a Standing Ovation

Who could ever forget the music and dancing from the Best Band in the Land, 36.6. The dancing went on for hours…

The Best Band in the Land, 36.6

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS

We want to express our thanks to the following companies for making our 8th Annual Dinner Dance such a wonderful success:

Hilton Warsaw Hotel – Hosting the Dinner Dance
Grupa Zywiec – Beer and wine
Brill AV Media – Sound and lighting
36.6 – The best band in the land
Coke – Coke products and Soft drinks
Russell Europe – FCSR Shirts for the PromiseKids

The 600 members, friends, and guests who attended our Dinner Dance

DOLLAR A DAY TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY PROMISEKIDS

We are frequently approached by individuals who would like to help support our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program. Our Dollar A Day program may be just what you have been looking for.

We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute for a week, month or year.

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 27th – Next newsletter

June 18th - The summary of 2011/2012 Interactive English Program "Dreams Come True"

June 29th - The End of School year

July 5th - InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will."

-- Vernon Howard

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