Time for Celebration: JDVSF Turns Five in New York and London

In October, friends and family of The John D.V. Salvador Foundation toasted its first five years of achievement at two highly successful fundraising events in New York and London.

In New York, home to chair Lizelle Salvador and her parents Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Soledad Salvador, who were also in attendance, more than 80 guests ventured out on a rain soaked evening to the Thompson LES Hotel to learn about the work of the JDVSF. Those who braved the weather to attend the Foundation’s inaugural benefit Stateside also got to meet one very special guest. In New York to attend meetings at the United Nations, Father Boyet, Founder of the JDVSF’s main beneficiary, the St. Martin de Porres home for Filipino street children, reported on the tremendous difference the JDVSF has already made in the lives of his young charges then spoke individually with attendees. “Father Boyet’s commitment and own hard work on behalf of the most disadvantaged in the Philippines was a major inspiration for the founding of the JDVSF,” says Lizelle. “I was so thrilled that our generous supporters in New York could experience first hand the charismatic devotion of this singular man to his cause. Father Boyet’s presence certainly made our first New York event even that much more memorable.”

Across the pond, one week later, London friends and supporters of the JDVSF gathered to hear about the progress of the last year. In their remarks, JDVSF chair Lizelle and Treasurer Hugo Banziger had plenty of good news to share, including the near completion of the St. Martin de Porres Home for Children and the commencement of plans the JDVSF is making with father Boyet to build a residence in Manila for St. Martin graduates whose schooling and first jobs will take them back to the city. “Together we’ve accomplished so much, and not only with Father Boyet and the St. Martin volunteers,” says Lizelle. “Our generous supporters in the UK and abroad have enabled us to do far more for the children of St. Martin than we ever dreamed possible.“

The robust giving at both the New York and London events will ensure that the Foundation’s impressive work of the past five years can continue. Initial estimates put total net revenues for both evenings at over $100,000 USD, a sum Lizelle promises the Foundation will put to best possible use: “We take very seriously our pledge to ensure that our beneficiaries can make the most of our donors’ gifts, for without the trust and good faith of our supporters, none of this would be possible.”