New York City, 14 May 2011 – Their Royal Highnesses Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Prince Alexander and Prince Dimitri together with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended The Princes’ Ball II – A Brazilian-themed Masquerade Charity Gala at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in New York City. The gala benefited Lifeline New York that works closely with HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation to improve the lives of the people of Serbia.
HRH Crown Princess Katherine's grandchildren Amanda, Stephanie, Nicholas and Michael were also present and the half sister of Prince Peter, Prince Philip and Prince Alexander, Luna Medina Orleans-Braganca, Condesa de Ricla.
The event was attended by many dignitaries, celebrities and donors from New York City and the United States, as well as from Serbia and Greece such as: HE Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Damjan Krnjevic-Miskovic, advisor to the Minister, HE Mr. Vladimir Petrovic, Serbian Ambassador to the United States and HE Mr. Feodor Starcevic, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations, Mrs. Roy Konstanda.
Members of the organizing committee: Ms. Catherine P. Saxton, Chairperson of the Saxton Group Limited and Benefit Chairperson Emeritus of the Princes’ Ball, Princes’ Ball Gala Chairs Ms. Kipton Cronkite, Ms. Sugar Rautbord and Ms. Elisabeth Thieriot, and Vice Chair Ms. Anna Maria Tornahgi, as well as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sharon Bush, famed author Barbara Taylor Bradford and many other distinguished guests who were present.
The people of Serbia, especially the children, elderly and people with disabilities, are still suffering from a lack of essential medical equipment, food, and other necessities. Sadly, the country also has one of the highest incidences of both breast cancer and infant mortality in Europe.
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization was founded in 1993 under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Katherine. Today it is operating from offices in several international cities (New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Athens). Lifeline works closely with the Foundation in Belgrade bringing vital humanitarian aid and medical equipment to Serbia. Lifeline has saved many lives and helped to create a better future for all the people in Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin and will continue to support medical institutions, orphanages and the most vulnerable populations in Serbia.