The Karic Brothers Award Ceremony honoured winners from Serbia and abroad for outstanding achievements in the 20th gala event at the crowded National Theater in Belgrade.
Karic Foundation that has been involved in humanitarian work for 40 years established the Karic Brothers Award 20 years ago out of desire to further evaluate and highlight the greatest achievements in culture and art, economics and entrepreneurship, journalism, publication and publishing, science and research, humanitarian activities, sport, strengthening democracy, peace, cooperation and friendship among nations.
The guests at the Award Ceremony were representatives of the diplomatic corps, members of the Karic family, important public figures and celebrities from Serbia like Radmila Bakochevic, Milutin Popovic Zahar, Snezhana Dakic, Radmila Karaklayic, Zhivorad Aydachic, prof. Nikola Rackov, Nada Momirovic, Boris Malagurski, legendary soccer player Dushan Savic with his wife Marin Rayevic Savic, Mirka Vasilyevic and her husband Vuyadin Savic, many previous prize winners, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maya Gojkovic, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin and many others.
Awards were presented by Olivera Karic Nedeljkovic, Gorica Nedeljkovic Bogdanovic and Milanka Karic.
This year’s ceremony started with the short film about the founders of the Karic Foundation, the Karic family and with a minute of silence to pay the tribute to the recently deceased Sreten Karic, followed with an emotional short video that presented him the kind and gentle man he was for generations to remember.
The host of the Jubilee Ceremony Mrs Milanka Karic, the president of the Honorary Council and one of the founders, pointed out in her opening speech that she is extremely proud and happy that the prestigious prize goes to five ladies, five extraordinary magnificent women.
The first prize winner was Jasna Shekaric, a Serbian Olympic athlete, a sport shooter, awarded for the best achievements in sports.
Jasna Šekaric thanked the Karic family for this prestigious award.
Journalist Ruzha Cirkovic is this year’s prize winner for accomplishments in Journalism, Publication and Publishing.
Muniba Mazari, a social activist and motivational speaker, is this year’s laureate of the “Karic Brothers” Award for humanitarian activities.
The opera diva Jadranka Jovanovic was presented next as the prize winner for outstanding achievements in art. Due to her forthcoming performance she was not able to come to the award ceremony but she has received the award at the Karic Foundation. She expressed gratitude to the Karic Foundation on this occasion saying how happy she is to share the same positive energy with the Karics.
The “Obilic” choir performed the song “This is Serbia” in the honor of Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council, the country’s third-highest elected office making her the number three person of importance in Russia right after President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Such a high position in Russian politics was preceded by a very convincing and compelling biography. The Karic Brothers Award for strengthening the peace, cooperation and friendship among nations was honoured to the first of the pleiad of Russian powerful women.
She thanked the Karic Foundation once again saying that Russia has always had the utmost respect for Serbia pointing out that there are not many countries that Russia has such a brotherly relations which is for every respect.
Beside the academic choir “Obilic“, guests enjoyed the children’s choir “Horislavci” singing as well as the opera singer Marko Pantelic, maestro’ Bora Dugic accompanied by Boban Prodanovic on the accordion and Slobodan Markovic on the keyboards and, at the end of the official ceremony, the choir “Slavista” sang a Russian song. Deyan Pantelic led us through the gala evening program of the 20th Karic Brothers Award Ceremony.