First Annual Serbian Philanthropic Gala - Serbian Philanthropic Gala - New York City

You Are Cordially Invited To The

First Annual Serbian 
philanthropic gala

Sponsored by the Divac Foundation

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
Tribeca 360 Rooftop, New York City


You are cordially invited to attend the first Annual Serbian Philanthropic Gala on November 23rd in the elegant setting of the Tribeca 360 Rooftop.

​This event is a great opportunity to experience the magic of the Serbian culture, its music, and its folkloric dances. It is also a special occasion to raise funds for the critical work that the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation accomplishes through its Scholarship Program, which has been initiated to support underprivileged high school students in Serbia who have demonstrated academic excellence.

​You will spend the evening with like-minded individuals driven by a desire to give back and celebrate the Serbian cultural heritage.

​The first Annual Serbian Philanthropic Gala will also give a special recognition to some of the outstanding individuals in New York and Serbia, whose charitable work has contributed to the betterment of the Serbian global community.


The reception starts at 7:00PM, and includes a cocktail hour, a 3-course dinner, a 4-hour premium open bar, and ethnically-infused entertainment.

Attire: Formal/Black-tie

Masters of ceremonies:

Katarina Radivojević

Radivoje Bukvić

7:00PM - 8:00PM

Cocktail Reception and Live Performance

8:00PM - 9:30PM

Seated Dinner, Scholarship Program Presentation, Recognition Awards, and Entertainment.

9:30PM - 12:00AM

Closing Remarks and Full Night of Entertainment

Buy Tickets

Individual Tickets
(include a cocktail hour, a 3-course dinner, a 4-hour premium open bar, and ethnically-infused entertainment)

$230 Early Ticket (First 50 Tickets) - Includes preferred seating (SOLD OUT)

$250 General Ticket (150 tickets available, less than 50 remaining) SOLD OUT

$270 Last Minute Tickets (SOLD OUT)

Sponsored Tickets

$1,000 Individual Sponsor Ticket - Includes named recognition on the printed gala program

$4,000 Sponsor Table (10 seats) - Includes named recognition in the printed gala program, and personal mention during the gala dinner

$8,000 Grand Sponsor Table (10 seats) - Includes named recognition in the printed gala program, personal mention during the gala dinner, and your logo at the photo booth

$8,000 Air Serbia Sponsor Table (10 seats)  SOLD OUT - Includes named recognition in the printed gala program, and personal mention during the gala dinner. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that our corporate partner Air Serbia will provide two business class return tickets to Belgrade, two-night complimentary stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and a guided tour organized by the Tourism Organization of Serbia.

$8,000 Etihad Sponsor Table (10 seats) SOLD OUT - Includes named recognition in the printed gala program, and personal mention during the gala dinner. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that our corporate partner Air Serbia in collaboration with Etihad, will provide two return business class tickets from any Etihad gateway in the US to Abu Dhabi and then connections to any destination within the Etihad network.

For any special requests - please contact

*Note that we will make all efforts to accommodate the seating requests based on the order of ticket purchases, however we cannot guarantee that each request will be fulfilled. 

Date and Time

Saturday, November 23, 2019
7:00PM - 12:00AM EDT


Tribeca 360 Rooftop
2 Desbrosses street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10013

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Organizing Committee Members

The Organizing Committee members are all driven by a common desire to give back to the Serbian community.

These New York professionals have donated their time and energy to bring to life a project dear to their hearts. By organizing the Serbian Philanthropic Gala, they are hoping to bring together individuals sharing similar interests and affiliations, as well as recognize those who are already making a positive impact.

Petar Marković

VP Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

Marija Tomić

VP Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Božidar Jovićević

VP Global Head of Digital Therapeutics, Sanofi

Andrea Pavlović

AVP Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Mark Jovanović

Associate Broker, Compass Real Estate

Marta Stijepović

Co-Founder, Marduoevents, Events Production Agency

Igor Mladenović

Sr. Consultant, Advisory, Ernst & Young

George Petković

Vice President Americas, AirSerbia

Aleksandra Denda

Vocalist and Songwriter

Nikola Ostojić

VP Credit Risk, BNP Paribas

Gordana Jelić

Store Director, AKRIS

Ognjen Antanasković

Credit Analyst, Kapitus

Katarina Radivojević


Stevan Lee Mraović

Filmmaker and Poet

Ivana Nikolić

Associate Broker, CORE Real Estate

Srdjan Vuković

Managing Director, Newlight Partners

Miloš Čitaković

Founder, Bridge

The Divac Scholarship Program

All donations from the Serbian Philanthropic Gala will go towards the Divac Scholarship Program. To donate ahead of the event please click below. Please note that we will also provide ample opportunities to donate during the event.

The Divac Scholarship Program’s mission is to award scholarships to high school students in the Republic of Serbia who have demonstrated academic excellence and a willingness to contribute to the betterment of their local communities through volunteer work. The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation initiated the program three years ago and 100 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per student were awarded during the 2018/2019 school year. The program assigns special importance to the student’s family social status and the health of its members since the funds allow the scholarship recipients to invest in their education and put less burden on the family budget.

450 applications were received for the 2019/2020 school year, indicating that a large number of children in Serbia are in need of support and that the program would welcome donations to help as many families and children as possible.

To learn more about the program and the stories of the scholarship holders please click here.

Note: In the unlikely case of shortfall in revenues from ticket sales, part of the donation proceeds will be used to cover the expenses of organizing the event. The Organizing Committee and the Divac Foundation are not receiving any profits or compensation for organizing this event.


General Questions

What is the purpose of this event?

To give back through donations to the Divac Scholarship Program , to network with like-minded professionals, and to celebrate the Serbian culture and its traditions.

Who is the organizer?

The gala is organized to raise funds for the Divac Scholarship Program. The Organizing Committee consists of Serbian professionals currently living in New York City who share the same passion for philanthropy and desire to assist Serbian people in need. In order to make this event happen we worked with the Serbian Consulate of New York, the Serbian-American Professionals Network, the Cultural Events of New York and the Serbian Entrepreneurs Network.

Is this a religious of political event?

No political or religious theme will be promoted at the event.

Why should I come?

If you are Serbian, this event presents a great opportunity to meet fellow Serbs who share similar backgrounds while contributing to a great cause and helping people less fortunate than we are.

If you are not Serbian, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our culture and help empower Serbian students from underprivileged backgrounds.

Where is the money going to?

To the Divac Scholarship Program, where every $1,000 raised will get one student through the school year.

Will the event be held indoors?


Registration Questions

Can anyone register? Can other nationalities attend? 

Yes, we welcome guests of all nationalities. As we promote unity and inclusion everyone is invited regardless of their background or connection to Serbia.

Will the event be held in English or Serbian? 

The official language of this event will be English, although there will be opportunities for people to catch a couple of new phrases in Serbian.

Can I donate without attending the event?  

Yes – donations are NOT related to the event registration and can be made using this link.

Can a check donation be made at the event? 

Yes – please make your check payable to the Humanitarian Organization Divac, add a note that the check is for the Serbian Philanthropic Gala and put it in the drop-off box located at the entrance.

Can a cash donation be made at the event? 

Yes – there will be a designated drop-off box in the main atrium of the venue.

Is my ticket and donation tax deductible? 

All donations are tax-deductible, however the cost of the ticket is not.

Ticket Questions

What is included in the ticket price? 

Premium open bar during the entire evening, seated dinner, live performances by various artists, and a fun event to network with fellow guests.

Will there be any extra charges at the event? 

No – the ticket price covers all expenses; however, we encourage and welcome your donations.

Can I order tickets by phone? 

No – please register and purchase your tickets on the website.

Can I purchase tickets at the door on the night of the event? 

No – due to event planning purposes and meal preparation, we will not be able to accomodate last-minute tickets. Please register and purchase your tickets on the website in advance of the event.

Can I bring my children? Does my child need a ticket? 

Please feel free to bring your children and enjoy the event. No childcare services will be provided at the venue, so we ask you to supervise them during the evening. Children aged 5 and above will need a ticket to attend. Please let us know if you have any special requests ahead of time and we will try to accommodate.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind after buying the ticket? 

No, but you can give your ticket to another person.

Do I need to bring my email confirmation in order to attend the event?

We will have a registry of all guests at the venue entrance, so tickets are not necessary. To help faster check-in, please have your confirmation email handy at the door.

Our Partners and Sponsors 

Main Corporate Partner: Air Serbia
Partners and Sponsors: New York Consulate of the Republic of Serbia, Serbian American Professionals Network, Kulturni Događaji NY, Serbian Entrepreneurs, Kafana, Marduo Events


For any questions, please email us at and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

About The Divac Foundation

The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation was established on June 28, 2007 by Ana and Vlade Divac, as a continuation of their thirty years of humanitarian work, which began in the United States within the Humanitarian Organization Divac (HOD). In the past 12 years, the non-profit organization has focused its support primarily on refugees and internally displaced persons, the improvement of conditions for raising children and youth, the development of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Learn more about the inspiring work of Divac Foundation at

The event is SOLD OUT! You can still make a donation using the links below.