On June 3, 2014 AmSECC partnered with UNICEF to host Miles to GO – the first of a series of fundraising efforts for flood relief in response to the catastrophic flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia. Starting on May 17th, 2014 unprecedented rains caused the region’s many rivers to flood, costing lives, destroying property and homes, and displacing millions of individuals.
Artist: Muhamed Kafedžić and students, Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Miles to Go –
Fundraising for Republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia flood relief
Pictures of floods
From its founding in 2009, AmSECC has been committed to its mission to aid in economic development, cultural exchange and charitable endeavors between the United States and Southeast Europe. Miles to GO aims to promote awareness to the American public on the topic and to raise monetary assistance to support UNICEF’s work in the region.
One day prior to the Miles to GO event, twenty-three members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national soccer team – including head coach Mr. Safet Susic signed their new Adidas jerseys and other official FIFA merchandise. The team is heading to Brazil for the country’s historic first appearance in the World Cup. The items were generously donated by the Jokanovic Family and the signing of items was facilitated with the great help of Mr. Fadil and Mrs. Dzejna Alispahic.
AmSECC continues its efforts to raise funds to help Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia as people rebuild after May’s devastating floods. Merchandise autographed by the Bosnian soccer team is now up for auction on ebay. Please view the following items on ebay for more information and to bid. Please share!
Pictures with the national soccer team of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The fundraising event was held at the prestigious Ivy League Baseball Club by Wrigleyville stadium in Chicago just hours before the Cubs home game where twenty-five thousand fans were in attendance. With the support of Mr. Elmedin Nuhbegovic a sixteen foot vinyl banner was created and placed in front of the stadium to help spread awareness to the general public.
The event was attended and generously supported by the Honorable Fatih Yildiz Turkish Consul General and Mr. Levent Selvili, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Chicago and Midwest. Generous support was received from business representatives such as Mr. Mike Everson of Home Depot, Mr. Mirsad Kljucanin of Country Financial, Mr. Fadil Alispahic of Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Narcis Agic of Intercontinental Hotel Magnificent Mile Chicago, Mr. Stevco Nicolov of SN Cleaning, and Mr. Davor Jokanovic of Arete’ Renovators.
Ms. Casey Marsh delivered remarks on behalf of UNICEF, outlining the work they are already engaged in on the ground including rebuilding schools and providing food and shelter. Ms. Marsh thanked AmSECC for its commitment towards assisting in this endeavor.
AmSECC will continue to raise money for these initiatives through an online auction and a series of future events. If you would like to make a monetary contribution to further the assistance towards those affected by the floods please use this link:
Special thanks goes to these individuals: Mrs. Peggy Parfenof with World Chicago for promoting the event at their network, Mr. Muhamed Kafedzic for his inspiring art programs with school children, Ms. Dzenita Lukacevic for her translations skills, Mrs. Gordana Vasilic for promoting the event at radio station, Mr. Bojan Boki Glamocak for his graphic design skills, Mr. Joseph Silich from Morgan Stanley, Mr. Emir Zubovic, Ms. Mia Cullum. Mr. Amel Kobic, Mr. Jovo and Mrs. Vikica Jokanovic.
Pictures of the event