On November 22 Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group organized a Gala charity evening to help Lithuanian children fighting cancer and it was held in Vilnius, at Vaidila Theater. A lot of famous people not only from Lithuania but also from abroad attended this event. There were representatives of the Lithuanian and international business, politics, arts, sports and entertainment world people who are not indifferent to the painful stories of children and who join the foundation every time and give their attention and hearts to those who need our help the most.
During the Gala dinner, the founder of the foundation Rimantas Kaukėnas and the main sponsor of the fund, Avia Solutions Group CEO Gedimias Ziemelis gave their speeches. Moreover, businessman Darius Bivainis, director Dalius Abaris, entrepreneur, politician Antanas Guoga and representatives of event management company UAB Korektus were given special Boomerangs created by the foundation to symbolize the return of good.
Well-known Lithuanian artists Merūnas Vitulskis, Rūta Ščiogolovaitė and Gytis Paškevičius shared their songs with guests free of charge.
Guests were invited to participate in an auction in which those, who offered the biggest donation to children, were able to get the attributes of well-known sports people, works of art and other valuable items. Special attributes and works of art were presented and donated to charity by hockey player Dainius Zubrus, auto-moto representer Benediktas Vanagas, Lewben Art Foundation representer Vilius Kavaliauskas, Aurelija Rusteikienė, World Kick box champion Sergėjus Maslobojevas, singer Merūnas Vitulskis, Paulius Varanauskas, firefighter Aurelijus Lipinskas, tennis player Ričardas Berankis and artist Skaistė Semenkė.
The valuable items donated by these wonderful and noble people have turned into immeasurable help for little patients – during the auction 44,980 eur. were donated for children with cancer!
During the program, our little fighters, who have confronted serious oncological diseases, were also on the stage. Here they revealed their talents, and during the performances they were assisted by a well-known singer Merūnas Vitulskis, karate sports representative Linas Jonika, dancer Deividas Meškauskas, musicians and illusionists. Immediately after the wonderful children’s performances, Rimantas Kaukėnas, the founder of the foundation, surprised the children with exceptional gifts – fulfilled their dreams of having a computer, an electric scooter, a bike, English classes and several days of spa treatment at a Lithuanian resort.
“Our foundation is now in its 8th year of existence during which with the help of all people of good will, we have done many wonderful things, never let our hands down, and always were moving only forward. The idea behind this charity evening is to bring our entire community together, share the beautiful deeds we have done, introduce you to our little heroes and at the same time to make it a meaningful continuation of our noble mission of raising donations to help sick children. We greatly appreciate that a lot of noble hearted people come to this kind of event to support children, and we are very proud that children will go on the stage. It is amazing that after many years of struggling with a terrible disease they will climb to the stage and prove that everything is possible when we are united and that is the real motivation for all of us, ” said Rimantas Kaukėnas, the founder of the foundation, basketball player, about the idea of the charity evening.
Rimantas Kaukėnas Support Group would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every and each of you who are together, make a sacrifice and care for the well-being of the sick children and their families. Thanks to the sponsors of the event Avia Solutions Group, UAB Vikonda, Energetics Learning Center, Lewben Art Foundation, Kidy Tour, Baltijos-Amerikos clinic and PineWood restaurant, MiniMaxi.lt, Bioderma, Institut Esthederm, Elvyra Design, Megami Beauty Clinic, Dizaino Pasaulis and leisure, sportswear and footwear store SIL.
Pictures: Valentinas Ryčkovas