• May 10, 2009

Leaders for Compassion Event

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.

Amazing clarinetist David Krakauer performing for Heart's Home, May 2, 2009.

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.

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