On the evening of April 14, 2007, in the Congressional Hall of the Holiday Inn Hotel, American Chamber of Commerce in BiH in cooperation with the Embassies of the United States and Canada hosted its fifth gala event for demining activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina “Night of a Thousand Dinners“. Donors contributed 304.000,00 KM, which will be doubled by the government of the United States through a contribution to the International Trust Fund, for a total of 608,000,00 KM.
The total amount / the original contributions and the matched amount / will be returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina and used to clear minefields chosen by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This year the “Night of a Thousand Dinners” was held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Holiday Inn Congressional Hall and was attended by officials from the state government, diplomatic corps, and many representatatives from the business community, foreign and domestic assosiations.
U.S Ambassador Douglas McElhaney, Canadian Ambassador David Hutchings, and American Chamber of Commerce President Faruk Telibećirović spoke to the guests about the importance of supporting mine action activities.
H.E.Douglas McElhaney, Ambassador of the United States of America to BiH stated that, “The generosity of the business community in Bosnia and Herzegovina is equaled by the government of the United States, which matches the amount of funds raised at the Night of Thousand Dinnerrs, trough a contribution to the International Trust Fund.“
H.E.David Hutchings, Ambassador of Canada to BiH added: “The sponsors of the Night of Thousand Dinners in Sarajevo have each year contributed generously to ensuring that our event is a success. Indeed the global success of our Night is that it raises the most monies anywhere in the world. The Government of Canada and other donor governments can be greatly encouraged by the generosity and support of private sector donors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.“