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  • 1. VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY 2010 November 19th, 2010 at 7.00PM-10.30 PM @ GREENHOUSE, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
  • 2. VELVET REVOLUTION (November 17th 1989) The "Velvet Revolution" (November 16 – December 29, 1989) Refers to a non-violent revolution in former Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the Communist government. The Velvet/Gentle Revolution was a start of a democratization process in the country. Czechoslovakia held afterwards its first democratic elections in summer 1990 after more than 40 years of a totalitarian regime. On November 17, 1989, riot police suppressed a peaceful student demonstration in Prague. That event sparked a series of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December. By the end of November the number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague had swelled from 200,000 the previous day to an estimated half-million. The peaceful protests seized the all country A two-hour general strike, involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia, was held on November 27. Page  2
  • 3. With the collapse of other Communist governments in eastern Europe, and increasing street protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced on November 28 that it would relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. Barbed wire and other obstructions were removed from the border with West Germany and Austria in early December. On December 10, 1989, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-Communist government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and resigned. Alexander Dubček was elected speaker of the federal parliament on December 28 and Václav Havel the President of Czechoslovakia on December 29, 1989. In summer 1990 Czechoslovakia held its first democratic elections since 1946. Page  3
  • 4. 21 YEARS AFTER… The Consulate General of Slovakia together with The Consulate General of the Czech Republic, +421 Foundation and Czech Center New York present a joint event: the “ VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY” to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the fall of communism and the triumph of democracy in former Czechoslovakia in 1989. Page  4
  • 5. We cordially invite you to attend our signature event the“ VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY” on November 19th 2010 at the prestigious SoHO club GREENHOUSE. Page  5
  • 6. VENUE GREENHOUSE @ 150 Varick Street, SoHo, New York Page  6
  • 7. PROGRAM  Welcome cocktail  Welcome speech ( Consuls General of Slovakia and the Czech Republic)  Book presentation (by the Slovakian author Rene Benda titled „My Cold War“)  Dance Party Page  7
  • 8. BOOK PRESENTATION Author of the novel, Mr. Rene Benda was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. He emigrated to Austria in 1988 and now is living alternately in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Great Britain and USA. He is pursuing various projects in the sphere of international educational exchange and literature. http://renebenda.sk Page  8
  • 9. BOOK PRESENTATION „My Cold War“ will be available for purchase at the venue for a suggested price of $17.00.* All proceeds from the book sales will support the philantrophic programs of the +421 Foundation. * exact cash and personal check accepted Page  9
  • 10. OUR SPONSORS Page  10
  • 11. CHARITABLE PURPOSE The Velvet Revolution Party is not just a fancy event, it’s an opportunity for you to support various causes and charities. Through this event, and thanks to the voluntary donations from our patrons, we have been able to support following organizations: ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED IN 2007-2009:  Reocentrum (the premier treatment center for children with cerebral palsy disease in Bratislava, Slovakia)  Zlin Orphanage in Lazy, Czech Republic  The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa  Apeal of Consience Foundation  Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association  +421 Foundation Inc. Page  11
  • 12. 2010 BENEFACTORS This year you will have the opportunity to support artists and cultural exchange projects of the +421 Foundation. www.plus421.org Page  12
  • 13. SUPPORT US  If you wish to support the +421 Foundation and its projects, please send your donation check payable to +421 Foundation Inc., (a public charity organization exempt under 501 /c/ /3/ of the Internal Revenue Code) to the following address: +421 Foundation, P.O.Box 4114, New York, NY 10163. Memo: Velvet Revolution Party 2010  Tax ID number (EIN): 26-1415582, DLN number: 17053051047028 Your donation is tax-deductible. DONATE ON-LINE: Please visit our website www.plus421.org SUPPORT US/Donate on-line Page  13
  • 14. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Page  14