Forbes celebrated 7 years with a charity auction

The Forbes magazine raised 5.4 million crowns for charity at a gala auction and the MDA RIDE was there. An exclusive gala evening was held in the beautiful Rudolfinum concert hall on November 21 where important businessmen, interesting people of the Czech Republic and faces from covers of the Forbes magazine attended. The Forbes magazine celebrated 7 years at the Czech market and and combined this party with the idea of helping people in need. A charity auction moderated by Petr Šimůnek, the Forbes’s editor-in-chief and MDA RIDE Advocate, was held during that philanthropic evening.

The both initial auctions were dedicated to benefit of Barbara Nesvadbová's Be Charity foundation which raises funds to support the Spinal Unit of the Motol Faculty Hospital led by Prof. Pavel Kolář. Tomáš Rosický, a football player, sent his video greetings as he hasn’t been able to attend and donated the first auction item - his autographed national team football boots from the European football championship. It contributed by 300,000 crowns thanks to Josef Šmíd, the winning bidder and owner of the Rosso Steel company. Marek Dospiva, a billionaire and owner of Penta, was heavily interested in the Last Supper painting from Pavlína Saudková and colored by Jan Saudek himself, and contributed by 350,000 crowns in this auction.

And the following auction was the most important one of the whole evening from our point of view. People was bidding not for an object but for an experience. A sightseeing flight by the unique Lockheed Electra 10A airplane in which Jan Antonín Baťa and his management team used to fly around the world to their business meetings. Josef “Káďa” Kadeřábek and Tomáš Ouška both presented activities of the MDA RIDE and waited for the auction results at the stage. In the end, Vít Kutnar, an owner of DEK building material stores, who won after a great battle and contributed by 650,000 crowns to benefit of the MDA RIDE will fly with Nikola Lukačovič, the pilot and brother of Ivo Lukačovič, a billionaire and founder of But right after the auction, three people more spontaneously joined him and paid together 1.5 million crowns to fly on this ten-seat airplane. Then, the entire amount was divided among the all five non-profit projects.

The next auction was dedicated to the defense of our freedom which has to be watched by media as the watchdogs of democracy. One such a project was founded by the Institute of Independent Journalism -, an independent medium. They gained 450,000 crowns thanks to Swardman Electra, a special model for the republic’s 100th anniversary of the Czech made battery lawn mower - the quietest one in the world, and František Fabičovic, the auction winner and owner of Alcaplast company.

Another auction where people was bidding for an experience was this time with an overseas taste. Tomáš Satoranský, currently the most successful Czech basketball player, invited winner bidders to Washington where he now plays to enjoy a personal guided tour through the arena and to watch a Wizards home match of their choice. This auction brought one million crowns to benefit of the Foundation of Veronika Kašáková assisting children who became orphans to deal with their previous traumas. This result was arranged by two businessmen - Michal Mička, an investor from C2H, and Milan Kratina from Accolade. At the end of the evening, the aforementioned Marek Dospiva won the bidding for the Petrof's Republika piano, a special model also celebrating the republic’s 100th anniversary, in another hot auction to contribute one million crowns to benefit of the Trivium Plus Elementary and Kindergarten in Dobřany.

Then came another message as the icing on the cake. A unique CROSS PEERLESS FONDERIE 47 pen made from parts of the famous Kalashnikov gain another 30,000 crowns to benefit of the MDA RIDE in a secret auction of the evening. The resulting amount of the entire gala dinner is 980,000 crowns to benefit of the MDA RIDE.