On May 2, 2009, after many weeks of hard work, excitement and last-minute surprises, the annual Heart’s Home USA fundraising event finally occurred. The outcome was an unforgettable dinner-concert with David Krakauer -talentuous clarinetist, classic performer and author of Klezmer music- at the Bohemian National Hall, prestigious home of the Czech Republic Consulate.
Due to this partnership, our event got joined to the celebration of Europe day. On this day, according to Robert Schuman, each European citizen should “salute those who animate this inspired democracy which must re-establish the primacy of spiritual values in the heart of our tormented humanity.” Such words seemed particularly well-adapted to this time of crisis and to our “Leaders for Compassion” event gathering UN and EU officials as well as executives and CEOs.
In these challenging times, tough decisions must be taken, many of ours have lost their jobs, our neighbors are more and more tempted by despair, there seem to be many reasons to be afraid... However, Rev. Thierry de Roucy encouraged the audience to renew their hope. During the evening, the passionate (and quite humorous too!) testimony of Louis d’Argenlieu -a future Heart’s Home volunteer-, the smiles and generosity of those who bear the burden of responsabilities on their shoulders day in, day out and the amazing performance of David Krakauer definitely confirmed Rev. Thierry’s statement.
We are very grateful to all those who contributed to the beauty of this event: each one of our guests, the volunteers who helped us out, our friends who could not be there but supported us nonetheless and encouraged us in this challenge. And of course a very special thanks to David Krakauer who enlightened our evening with his exceptional performance. The respectful silence of the guests during the show and their genuine enthusiasm at the end of the evening proved that they were deeply touched by his humanity and humility. His presence on that night was a great gift and participated in spreading Heart’s Home charism of Compassion.