Vladislav Tretyak Foundation Charity Auction
Photos by Oleg Naumov
On February 3rd, the Vladislav Tretyak Foundation together with the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) held their 10th Jubilee Annual Charity Silent and Live Auction at the famous Yar Restaurant. Over 200 people attended the event. US$ 212,000 were raised for the benefit of children’s, social and family institutions in the Russian regions. Similar auctions were also held in Montreal in November 2010, when over 450 people attended and US$ 250,000 was raised to support Russian and Canadian organizations in need.
The evening started with a brief introduction to the history of the auction in Russia and how last year’s funds were distributed. 2002 was the first year when the auction was held. US$5000 were raised in support of the Ronald McDonalds House Charity in Moscow. Since then the size of the auctions has increased year by year, and more organizations (orphanages, hospitals, juvenile centers, sports organizations) have been able to receive financial assistance.
Then Vladislav Tretyak came on stage to welcome everyone who came to support his charity. He mentioned that he felt extremely lucky, not only because he plays hockey and represents this huge country of Russia as President of the Hockey Federation, but also because he has so many supporters of his charity initiative gathered in room. On behalf of all of the funds’ recipients he thanked all the donors who provided their financial assistance and named a few major sponsors of the event, such as Kinross, The First Czech-Russian Bank, Aktis-Story, Terra Link, TCF, Smolensk Diamonds, Estet, Yar, Kauffman, Pepsi, Business FM (Radio Sponsor), magazine Millionaire (Internet sponsor).
The 10th Jubilee Auction included over 50 items in the silent auction. Among these were hockey jerseys autographed by the Russian World Champion 2011 junior team, luxurious hotel stays, dinner with Vladislav Tretyak, invitation to a dinner hosted by the Canadian Ambassador, many items related to hockey that came from Tretyak’s private collection as well as many items of cultural interest for Canadians and Russians, such as a painting by Nikas Safronov.
The key highlight of the Live Auction was the auction of Vladislav Tretyak’s personal ring, which was presented to him as the Best Player of the series of the USSRCanada ice-hockey matches. The ring was sold for US$ 32,000. The audience got really into the sale of 2 tickets for the coming hockey world championship in Slovakia to be held in May. These tickets were sold for US$ 3600 with the starting bid of US$ 1000. The third item during the Live Auction was a lovely Caribbean cruise for two that was sold for US$ 5000.
The Canadian Ambassador John Sloan, who was also present during the entire auction, expressed his full support of Tretyak’s charity initiative. At the end of the evening both Sloan and Tretyak cut a special cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the auction. The first piece of this cake was later sold for US$ 2400 in support of the charity.
Traditional Russian singing and dancing was part of the entertainment program along with a delicious buffet meal.
It is indeed heartwarming to see such professionally organized events in a nonprofit field held in Russia, a country that still has a long way to go to meet the same standards and procedures that are so common for the non-profit sector in the rest of the world, particularly for the USA. One would hope that having such a prominent and respected sports figure as Vladislav Tretyak as the head of a charitable foundation will enable us to raise the profile of charity events in this country and to improve their credibility. In many cases the government cannot provide sufficient support to the most vulnerable parts of population, e.g. children and the elderly. This is when organisations such as the Tretyak Foundation can make a difference.