Variety The Children’s Charity has named the FC Barcelona Foundation as the winner of the Variety Humanitarian Award 2013 in recognition of its charity work and social commitment to the education of children around the world.
Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu collected the award from Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder of production company DreamWorks, during the closing gala of the CineEurope convention being held by the International Cinema Union at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB).
In addition to president Bartomeu, the event was also attended, in representation of FCB and the Foundation, by the director and vice-president of the Foundation Ramon Pont, directors Silvio Elías and Pau Vilanova, director in chief of the Social Commission Pilar Guinovart, and the patrons of the Foundation, Eduard Sans and Josep Maldonado.
The event was also attended by several showbusiness personalities, such as Miss World 2014, Megan Young from the Philippines, who says she is a loyal supporter of FC Barcelona, as well as Miss Spain 2014, Elena Ibarbia.
Variety The Children’s Charity is a non-profit making organisation founded in Pennsylvania in 1928, in order to help physically, mentally and socially, underprivileged children with special needs all around the world. The Los Angeles based organisation works in eleven countries and since its creation has raised more than two thousand million dollars for the cause.
“It is a huge honour for FC Barcelona and its Foundation to have been chosen to receive the Variety Humanitarian Award that has been awarded since 1941. FC Barcelona feels completely identified with the work of Variety in benefit of underprivileged children around the world”
“I am sure that you will have heard it said that Barça is ‘more than a club’. We are convinced that beyond sporting success, Barça is also admired and recognised around the world for the values it transmits and its social and charity commitments”.
“Football and cinema share a common objective: to make people happy. FC Barcelona and Variety also share the same commitment: for underprivileged children around the world to have a better future and this award is an example of that”.