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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 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.

November 26, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 37

"It's better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation."
-- Herman Melville

81 720,35 PLN FOR OUR HOT MEAL PROGRAM THANKS TO KFC

Let’s review the bidding just a bit… Yum Brands declared October World Hunger Relief month at all KFC restaurants worldwide, and AmRest responded by raising funds for our Foundation’s PromiseKids in its 170 KFC Polish Restaurants.

AmRest, through its KFC brand has already contributed over 3 million PLN to our Foundation's Hot-Meal Program and that amount just increased by 81 720,35 PLN. That amount will serve approximately 28,000 more hot meals to our PromiseKids. Now, that’s a major WOW!

The campaign began on Thursday October 4th when KFC employees began asking their customers at all 170 KFC restaurants to contribute money to our Foundation’s Programs. We know that Ola’s melancholy face (above on poster) helped entice customers to make a contribution to our hunger campaign. The program ran for the entire month of October and we know KFC and the Foundation will have a significant impact on hunger in Poland with the 81 720, 35 PLN raised.

We don’t know how we can express our thanks enough to AmRest, KFC, and Yum Brands for including our Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in this wonderful fundraising effort. Yes, KFC is so good!

WE WELCOME THE MISS POLONIA ORGANIZATION AS A NEW MEMBER OF OUR FOUNDATION

Miss Polonia is a brand with over 80 years of history in Poland. Miss Polonia is one of the oldest beauty contests in the world and boasts a rich and long tradition. It is over 20 years older than today’s best known Miss World and Miss Universe competitions. The author of the name “Miss Polonia” was a writer named Tadeus Boy-Zelenski, who also served as a judge during the first Miss Polonia competition held in Warsaw in 1929. For you history "buffs," the first Miss Polonia was Wladyslawa Kostakowna.

This all came about through the good efforts of Foundation Advisory Council Member, and President of Ghelemco, Jeroen van der Toolen. Jeroen introduced our Foundation to the Miss Polonia 2012 Organization’s director, Małgorzata Herde, and suggested that we establish a close working relationship between our two organizations. And, my friends, that is just what we have done. We welcomed Miss Polonia as a new member of our Foundation, and Miss Polonia purchased a table for our Annual Dinner Dance to be held on January 21st. And, there is much more…

We will vigorously support this year’s Miss Polonia "Crowning" Gala on February 2nd. We will encourage our FCSR members to support the event as well. The selection of Miss Polonia will be carried live on TVP2 to an audience of over 4 million people, and we are expected to get a major “Plug” for our Foundation. We encourage our Members to purchase tables for the "Crowing Gala," and attend the After-Dinner VIP Party with Polish fashion designer Maciek Zien and La Perla, the Italian lingerie and dress producer. Did I mention that the proceeds from the tables purchased by our members will be donated to our Foundation by Miss Polonia? In addition to the TVP2 coverage, the logos of our FCSR members will be displayed on the "Crowning" Gala Invitations, the Gala Magazine, and the Miss Polonia website.

You, and our PromiseKids are going to love this part… Twenty of this year's Miss Polonia contestants will visit the PromiseLand and participate in one of the greatest volunteer programs available in Poland. As a part of the Miss Polonia Volunteer Charity Program, the 20 contestants will visit our PromiseLand schools, prepare, pack, and deliver hot meals to our PromiseKids. What a wonderful experience for our kids! We will provide the exact times and dates of the PromisLand excursion as they develop.

We look forward to introducing Małgorzata Herde and the Miss Polonia Organization to our members at our 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We will award our Foundation’s Gold Seal of Approval to the Miss Polonia Organization as a Socially Responsible Company during our Dinner Dance festivities.

Potential sponsors of the Miss Polonia contest should contact our Foundation Office for more information.

DINNER DANCE RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

As in previous years, we want to accommodate our member companies with the very best tables before we open reservations to the general public. To this end, we have already assigned tables to our active member companies. Member CEOs will receive table reservations from me this week. When we are comfortable that our members have been satisfied, we will then open reservations to non-members.

The Dinner Dance table price hasn’t changed in 10 years. It remains at 2,400 zl and each table accommodates 10 guests. We expect to sell our 60 tables very quickly, so mark your calendars now! Payment notices will be going out to our member companies shortly.

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. 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.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 1 – December 31, 2012 - Hilton Hotel Warsaw and Krakow conduct “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program.

January 21, 2013 - Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance.

February 2, 2013 - Miss Polonia Final Competition.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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