The „Karić Brothers” Award Laureates in 2015

 The jubilee 18th Ceremony of the Karić Brothers Award was held on November 30th 2015 at the National Theatre in Belgrade. The Award Ceremony aroused unprecedented public interest and the auditorium was packed.

Belgrade was not only the  capital of the state that night but also the capital of culture, art, humanitarian work and deserving achievements worthy of admiration that have indebted mankind. Main Stage of the National Theater in Belgrade hosted 18th Jubilee Award Ceremony of the prestigious Karić Brothers Award.

Members and representatives of the Karić family greeted many eminent guests from the field of science, culture as well as the diplomatic corps at the hall of the National Theater. Among numerous guests were fashion designer Verica Rakočević with husband, singer-songwriter Aleksandra Kovač, Davis Cup selector of the Serbian National team Bogdan Obradović, film director Božidar Bota Nikolić, singer Željko Vasić, basketball player Dejan Tomašević, FC Red Star Belgrade director Zvezdan Terzić and many others.

The Award Ceremony started with the “Karić Brothers” Award official hymn followed by the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia.

The hosts of the award show Dragana Savatić and Dejan Pantelić, well-known faces of the former BK television, greeted everyone. Then followed the welcoming speech by the founder and honorary president of the Karić Foundation, Milanka Karić.

The first prize was awarded to the best Yugoslav and Serbian football player, the 3d Star of FC Red Star Belgrade of all times, Dragan Džajić, for his outstanding accomplishments and enormous contribution to sport.

„I’ve experienced great things in life and won many trophies in my football career, but the Karić Foundation takes particular care and attention about everything and even the prizes. I’ve given 53 years of my life to FC Red Star Belgrade, so forgive me for being a little immodest when I say that it is quite enough for one such recognition. This will certainly remain one of the most important trophies I have ever received.“, said Dragan Džajić.

The famous football player was presented the award by Dragomir J. Karić and Danijela Karić Martać.

The next prize for outstanding contribution to the development of science and research was awarded to Emil Morsch, the founder of the first data bank for stem cells out of bone marrow and the first foundation to help fight leukemia in Germany. Unfortunately, he was not able to attend the award ceremony.

“Dear Karić family, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you do and for this award. Due to my health problems, unfortunately, I am not able to receive your recognition in person. I wish you a successful award ceremony. Thank you very much “, said Emil Morsch in a video message.

The Award was received on Mr. Emil Morsch behalf by his longtime friend Branislav Basara who once again expressed appreciation to the Karić family.

The third prize was received by the prominent ballet artist Konstantin Kostjukov for his exceptional contribution to culture and art.

“Dear ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. I would like to congratulate all the winners and say that it’s a great honor to be in the company of such people. Journalists often ask me these days what this award means to me. I was taught from an early age what the meaning of life is, so everyone has their own answer to that question. In fact, this award means how much one has dedicated him/herself to something. The very essence is to discover our talent in time, everyone has one and that is how I would define this award, I do what I love and at no time did I deal with my self-promotion, but with the promotion of ballet art. For me, this award means I am on the right track. But I’m not alone, my parents are with me, too, because they are the ones that helped me discover what I love, also my friends and my colleagues are on this path, the audience as well, both here and abroad, audience that pushed me to some new, risky challenges, which I gladly accepted to prove myself. Thank you to the Karić Foundation for recognizing my gift, thank you all for being here! ”, said Kostjukov.

The next Karić Brothers Award was presented to Steven Seagal, a Hollywood star and legendary action hero, black belt holder, aikido master, master of martial arts, musician, writer. He was awarded for benevelance and humanitarian activities.

“I would like to thank the Karić family, I am honored to be here in the company of great and magical people who also received the Award. It is really an honor to follow many leaders who have been awarded before me, such as Vladimir Putin and many other extraordinary people. This is an opportunity not to talk about what I did, but what one family can do with all the wisdom, knowledge and skills. If God has given us all talent and wisdom, I am grateful that I can use it to make the world a better place, so that our children can have a happy future on this planet where we are all members of one family. I would ask everyone present to do everything in their power to be better people to ensure a future for all the people in the world. I realize what kind of great people and souls we have here in this hall tonight, in Serbia, all over the world, 17 great Roman emperors originated from here and that certainly means something. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and I ask everyone to take care of one another “, the actor was extensive.

After the well-known actor, the Karić Brothers Award was presented to the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Ábishuly Nazarbayev, for strengthening democracy, peace, cooperation and friendship among nations. H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Hungary Nurbach Rustemov thanked for the award on his behalf.

“I am very glad and very honored to receive the “Karić Brothers“ high award on behalf of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Ábishuly Nazarbayev. The Award of the Karić Foundation testifies to the good relations and friendship of the President of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Serbia. I thank the Government of the R. Serbia for supporting Kazakhstan in its efforts to be elected a member, but not a permanent one, of the UN Security Council. President Nazarbayev instructed me to convey his greetings to you. Dear friends, I know from reliable sources that there are no unresolved issues between Serbia and Kazakhstan. The positions on many international issues of our two countries are largely identical. Thank you for your attention, “said the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Hungary.

The ceremony ended with the song “For many years” performed by the choir octet “Braća Baruh”.

The show program was carefully designed  and performed by top artists. It was an unforgettable evening of enjoyment in the art from all meridians and times thanks to the choir octet”Braća Baruh”, singer Danica Krstić, ensemble “Vrelo”, ballerina Rajna Remović, KUD “Gradimir”, Ensemble of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts Zhurgenov.


Steven Seagal

Hollywood star – a legendary action movies hero, well recognized master of martial arts, an outstanding musician, writer, humanitarian activist who became a symbol of a righteous film hero and introduced a new specific model of martial arts into the action genre, which the worldwide audience especially liked. Next to his artistic career, Steven Seagal also showed his great humanity – he devoted a lot of time to environmental and animal protection. He was especially active in programs to help children, in the fight against AIDS, as well as in programs to fight drug addiction among young population. Steven Seagal, a great movie star, action hero and a master of martial arts, a great musician, especially a great humanist and giver to charities, also a great friend of Serbia, is this year’s laureate of the “Karić Brothers” Award for benevolence and humanitarian activities.


Nursultan Nazarbayev

Doctor of Economic Sciences and academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who has been successfully leading the country since 1991 with the huge support of his people. He is one of the most significant political figures in the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as in Central Asia. With his state wisdom and capability, President Nazarbayev managed, in a short period of time, to build a respectable Kazakhstan state whose progress is in constant growth. The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, is a great friend of Serbia and has made a great contribution to strengthening bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries. Due to all the above, the Karić Foundation has a great honor to present the Karić Brothers Award to the great statesman, visionary and president of the friendly Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, for strengthening peace, cooperation and friendship among nations.

DRAGAN DZAJIC predsednik fudbalera Crvene zvezde na prvom treningu pocetak priprema za prolecni deo Prvenstva Srbije na pomocnom trerenu na stadionu Crvene zvezde Beograd 10.01.2014. godine Foto: Marko Metlas
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Dragan Džajić

The Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro chose him in 2003 as the best player in the past 50 years, and the fact that he played in the farewell match of the great Pele shows how much he is recognized and respected in the world. He came to FC Red Star Belgrade at the age of 15, and thus began one of the brightest careers in domestic football. In the following seasons, he won the first championship title with FC Red Star and became the leader of the new generation of fotball players in the Premier Federal League of Yugoslavia – he played a record 590 matches and became the third Red Star „star”. He is the winner of this year’s award of the Karić Foundation due to exceptional achievements and huge promotion of Serbian sports in the world.


Konstantin Kostjukov

From the moment he received the title of champion in 1987 of the Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine in Kiev, it was clear that Konstantin Kostjukov had a brilliant career ahead of him in treading the “boards of life”. A new stage in his life was his engagement in the Ballet troupe of the National Theater in Belgrade, when he came to Serbia back in 1991. Konstantin Kostjukov’s rich career is full of numerous recognitions. Since 2004, he has been very successful as the director of the Ballet troupe of the National Theater in Belgrade for several terms. The champion of the European and Serbian ballet scene, Konstantin Kostjukov, is more than a well-deserved winner of this year’s recognition of the Karić Foundation for his exceptional contribution to culture and art.


Emil Morsch

Thirty years ago, Mr. Morsch, together with his wife Hiltrud, founded the first bone marrow stem cell database and the first leukemia foundation in Birkenfeld, Germany, named after their late son Stefan, who fell ill at the age of 16 from leukemia. The following year, Emil and Hiltrud Morsch decided to establish a database and foundation with the intention that all proceeds from donations and transplants go to the development of medical science in the treatment of leukemia. Emil Morsch has received numerous German and international awards for his scientific work and contribution to medicine. This way, the Karić Foundation wants to express the deepest respect for the achievements in medicine and science of Emil Morsch, who is also a great friend of Serbia and the Serbian people.