“Books – a Window to Bulgaria”. Under this motto, the Class of 2019 of the Bulgarian School of Politics organized a charity event in support of its cause. The event was held on the 8th of June 2019 and gathered over 100 guests at the Military Club in Sofia. Among them were a minister, a deputy minister, MPs, municipal councilors, many civic and political leaders, graduates of the BSoP from different cohorts. The last class of the School continued the tradition of its predecessors to choose and work on a charitable initiative. This year it was to raise funds to support Bulgarian communities abroad with Bulgarian literature, because “Bulgaria is where there are Bulgarians, and the word is what keeps us alive for centuries.”
“Today, here, we will all support the noble endeavor to spread some of the Bulgarian national culture among our communities abroad. We hope to raise funds for the purchase of children’s and teenage literature from Bulgarian authors, which we know is necessary for our compatriots abroad”, the event’s presenter Mr. Lyuben Dilov – son, told the audience and drew attention to the fact that Dimi Panitza, a founder and a patron of the BSoP, was also a great philanthropist. The Administrative Director of the School Mr. Velizar Georgiev thanked the Class of 2019 for continuing to develop and promote charity, which had been a leading cause of Dimi Panitza.
During the ensuing charity auction, the guests bade on nearly 20 works of art, personal belongings and sports equipment with the signatures of our great athletes. Among them were a picture painted personally by the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Krasen Kralev, an icon, a candlestick and a statuette of wrought iron, a personal hat of the world outdoor swimming champion Petar Stoychev, a ball with the signatures of the girls from the national rhythmic gymnastics team, a ball autographed by all CSKA football players, T-shirt signed by Dimitar Berbatov and others. At the end of the auction, it was revealed that over BGN 5,500 had been raised, which would go to buy Bulgarian literature and, along with the books that each guest brought as an entrance to the ball, would be sent to Bulgarian communities abroad.