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Wednesday evening's annual Feyenoord Unicef Gala Dinner diner was a great success. Each of the nineteen tables at the fundraiser were reserved for a different company, who were accompanied by an array of Feyenoord personalities. Besides a host of players the technical staff, representatives from the management and many other personalities were also present.
There was a whole troupe of Feyenoord personalities at the Hulstkamp building in Rotterdam, with no fewer than nine Feyenoord first-team players gracing the event. Chong-Gug Song, Thomas Buffel, Bart Goor, Patrick Paauwe, Dirk Kuyt, Pascal Bosschaart, Gábor Babos, Ebi Smolarek and Patrick Lodewijks represented the playing staff. They were joined by Coach Ruud Gullit, Assistant Coach Zeljko Petrovic, Technical Director Mark Wotte and Keepers' Coach Pim Doesburg on behalf of the technical staff.
But there were more celebrities at the Feyenoord Unicef Gala Dinner, with Chairman of the Board Van den Herik, Jan-Willem van Dop and Ben Wijnstekers all present. Other public figures included Coen Moulijn, Piet Steenbergen, Faas Wilkes, Gerard Kerkum, Ivo Opstelten, Paul van Vliet, Gerard Cox, Koos Postema, Raemon Sluiter, John van Lottum, Willy van de Kerkhof, PSV Director Rob Westerhof, Lee Towers, MC Kees Jansma and Tony van Eijk, who all gave their time to drive up the proceeds as high as possible.
That's because Wednesday was all about making as much money as possible for Unicef. Nineteen companies bought their own table and each table was augmented by several celebrities. The partnership between Feyenoord and Unicef was one of the hot topicsof the evening. Chairman of the Board Jorien van den Herik presented Rotterdam Mayor Ivo Opstelten with the first Feyenoord/Unicef DVD 'Two teams one goal', which gives an account of the partnership's concrete achievements. Opstelten expressed his great pride in Feyenoord, whose partnership with Unicef has shown just how very aware the club is of its social responsibility.
Unicef Director Henk Franken emphasised once again the special relationship between the two partners. 'It remains unique, although Feyenoord is in good company with AC Milan and Manchester United. Above all, the fact that Feyenoord is actively working with its own footballers in Ghana makes our partnership a unique one.'
Unicef Ambassador Paul van Vliet took some time after the first course to describe his experiences in Dafur and Bangladesh. The guests listened in silence, very impressed by his words. After the main course Kees Jansma interviewed Dirk Kuyt and Ruud Gullit about the partnership. The evening ended in style with performances by Feyenoord Ambassador Lee Towers and Jeroen van der Boom.