A few weeks ago Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) of which I am a Board Member asked me to attend the Türk Kızılayı award ceremony and iftar dinner on their behalf. I was thrilled to be asked and honored to represent my Foundation. Through the good and honorable efforts of TPF’s hard working staff primarily for its support for the Van earthquake recovery efforts, TPF was to receive a Gold Medallion at this event and I would bring it home to them.
The event was held at the Haliç Kongre Merkezi, an enchanting venue. Held along the shoreline of the Haliç , the huge veranda with the historical skyline as back drop was a sight to behold. I arrived about a half hour before the appointed time of 7:30 PM but was not alone. Throngs of well-dressed notables, actresses, businessmen and a few ordinaries like me were already checking the lay of the land while offering little resistance to the paparazzi. Since Sayın Başbakan was to hand out the awards the extent of security was a no surprise, including a patrolling police boat in the Haliç .
All in all it was a great evening and I was delighted there was recognition for all the good efforts TPF has accomplished last year. We were standing with some very generous and notable firms and personalities.
From New York to the Halic and beyond.
–Nick Porcaro, TPF Board Member