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AUBG Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary at a Fundraising Gala Evening

October 27, 2016

The AUBG Anniversary Gala Evening was the perfect ending to the series of events that marked AUBG’s 25th birthday. Over 300 distinguished guests celebrated the milestone in Sofia Oct. 21. Among them were government and business representatives, ambassadors, alumni, friends and supporters of the university.

The celebrations began at the National Archaeological Museum where the guests enjoyed music performances and an anniversary video that got them acquainted with the history, challenges and achievements of the university in the past quarter century.

The evening continued with an official dinner at Sofia Hotel Balkan where AUBG President Stratsi Kulinski welcomed the guests and announced the highlight of the night: AUBG’s long-time supporter Philippe Bertherat’s $300,000 donation that will go towards AUBG's scholarship fund.  

Bertherat, who has been on the Board of Trustees for many years and currently serves as member of the university council, received a distinguished service award for his remarkable contribution to AUBG.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” Bertherat said. “I think that the mission of AUBG is as pertinent as it was when [the university] was founded 25 years ago and I am very happy to be part of this all. Thank you very much!”

President Emeritus Julia Watkins who served at AUBG from 1993 to 2003 brought the audience back in time with her stories about AUBG’s challenges and achievements over the years. She spoke about how AUBG became one of the first two organizations in Bulgaria to have an Internet modem and the first university in the country to introduce individual student emails.  

In an emotional speech, Board of Trustees Chair Ivan Manev reminisced about AUBG’s first steps and expressed his gratitude to the many people who contributed to the success of the university.

Following the official addresses, the guests enjoyed the performance of famous Bulgarian singer Orlin Pavlov, saw a short “Thank you” video and took part in a fundraising auction. The night concluded with a music mix from AUBG’s oldest student club Radio AURA. The DJs have selected the best hits from the past 25 years.

Story by Dimana Doneva

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