June 18, 2013
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine hosted a fundraising event in support of children with autism in Serbia. The event, held in conjunction with Autism Speaks and Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization, took place on Saturday, June 15 The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Honorary Committee, His Royal Highness Prince Alexander, Lord Frederick Windsor and Ms. Catherine Oxenberg, along with other guests and benefactors, attended the event.
The folk dancing group Kalemegdan performed Serbian national dances and guests also enjoyed a video by children with autism in Serbia who sang the Song of Hope. The lyrics of the song were written by Luka, who appears in the video with his friends. Luka is non-verbal. It was only after receiving a laptop from his parents that he was able to express his extraordinary gift for poetry and music. Since then, writing has become Luka's way of communicating with the world.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine delivered a speech and Serbian-American actress and television personality Adrienne Janic served as the dinner ambassador.
The evening featured a live auction, where people had the opportunity to bid for an exclusive opportunity to dine with Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine at the Palace in Belgrade as well as a winetasting in Santa Ynez Valley with Andrew & Ivana Firestone.
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