The Annual Luncheon To Benefit Children’s Hospital In Serbia

By Elizabeth Darwen | Photography ©Patrick McMullan/PMC

HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the Annual Lifeline New York Luncheon 2022 at Il Gattopardo in New York City to aid the children’s hospitals in Serbia. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is an international effort founded in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. The goal of Lifeline is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, and the elderly, as well as to improve medical facilities in the country.

Lifeline New York is a 501c (3) registered not-for-profit whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and was established in Belgrade in 2001 to improve the health and welfare of all in need in Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin.

Lifeline New York President David Hryck welcomed guests at the luncheon. The attendees enjoyed the music and the performance of singer Gwyneth Giangrande alongside pianist Nick Guerrero.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests at the luncheon. Then HRH Crown Princess Katherine thanked her husband, and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation. “My humanitarian efforts for Serbia started 28 years ago by providing medical equipment for the University Children Hospital in Belgrade. Children, their health, and their well-being are at the very core of all my humanitarian activities, as well as the activities of my foundation in Belgrade and all Lifeline humanitarian organizations whose patron I am. There is a challenging situation with children’s hospitals in Serbia. They need to be equipped properly, much better than now, for our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate care for our sick children.”

HRH Crown Princess Katherine then spoke regarding the importance of helping children in Serbia. Humanitarian items were donated, such as clothing, paintings, and portraits which were auctioned.

Notable attendees at the benefit included Patron HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia and Crown Prince Alexander, HE Ms. Olgica Vlacic, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, fashion editor Rushka Bergman, Catherine Broadbent, fashion influencer Olga Ferrara, Jack Hartnett who led the auction; TV personality Tijana Ibrahimovic, entrepreneur Cheri Kaufman, chocolatier Maribel Lieberman; fashion designer Nicole Miller, Italian model and actress Eleonora Pieroni, Peter Pizzino, Chief Sustainability Officer at OWS Energy Oksana Prysyazhnyuk, EF Hutton CEO Joseph T. Rallo, Ashley Rallo, Marc Rosen, Corporate Finance and ESG editor at Thomson Reuters Greg Roumeliotis; Nadja Sayej,

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Influencer Katya Tolstova, Richard and Margret Jankov and Robert Wayne.

Lifeline’s Board of Directors includes David Hryck (President), Susan Gutfreund (Vice President), Cheri Kaufman (Vice President), Slobodan Bekvalac, David W. Boral, Dragana Djuknic, Anthony Hayes, Peter Pizzino, Joseph T. Rallo, Kyle Wool, and Bojana Jankovic Weatherly. 

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