My story about those for whom philanthropy has become the norm. The past week was marked by the sales of contemporary art at the major auction houses and serious charitable activity. Involved in it and the actor Danila Kozlovsky, and businesswoman Regina von Flemming, who discovered together with Ernest Rudyak and the Fund of Mikhail Rudyak real ball.
One of the most generous was Nikolai Baskov, who bought a sapphire ring for 1 million 700 thousand rubles for bride Sofia. And for the first time in the capital last night Play and Help (“Play and help”) organized by the ideologue of this charity project, the wife of the defender of “Zenit” Igor Smolnikova – Catherine. Kate shared with me that previously supported the sick children privately, and together with the wife of another St. Petersburg footballer Oleg Shatov – Victoria, decided to create the nonprofit organization.
If before the call to do good sound in the basics-nom from the pages of instagram, today, about the good things Play and Help heard even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Last year at auction in St.-Petersburg in favour of the children of the butterfly Fund “B. E. L. A.” was sold the autographs of stars of world football and we raised 15 million rubles. The Moscow event’s Jersey Ronaldo with his legendary number “7” also fought to the last. Generally the selection of lots, the organizers approached very seriously: hockey stick Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Mironov accordion from the cult of performance “Shukshin Stories” and dinner in the company of the head of the theatre of Nations, watch from the Ulysse Nardin’s unique series “the Kremlin”, two tickets to the Champions League final in Milan, and in the box with the new President of FIFA.
Added passion and the help of the auctions Leonid Slutsky. Personal invitation of the head coach to spend an entire day in the national team, feeling like one of the best players in the country, purchased for my son, businessman Veniamin Grabar, not sparing for this item are 1 million 600 thousand rubles. Arrived from Monaco Victoria Bonia told me that he admires the Play and Help: “If other philanthropist manage to write off the cost of the dress, which flaunted at the auction, the girls of Play and Help penny can report on the collected funds”.
Another guest of the evening – amirgaliev and Queen of instagram, model Elena Perminova (“Please, the accent on the first syllable” – asks all journalists Lena), were struck by an unpleasant incident that occurred on the eve of the auction. Jealousy of success and concern about their own upcoming auctions forced some of the capital’s socialite invited to ring with the words: “do Not go there!”
Many guests after that, the organizers really missed, but the final amount of 13 million speaks for itself. Like what heard about the night Play and Help the families of the famous Russian athletes, as well as Igor Vernik, Stas Mikhailov, Dima Bilan and Sergey Mazaev with a new string quintet tried to hold everything at the highest level. “Calmly, elegantly, beautifully, in St. Petersburg,” commented the evening Catherine Smolnikova.