On Friday October 21, 2011, a time machine transported the Berlin sangha directly into the Roaring Nineteen-Twenties. Dressed as ladies and gentlemen, dandies and gangsters, the Berliners celebrated their trip to the Golden Age of the German capital in the best of styles … all for the benefit of moreEC.
The Buddhist Center Mila transformed into an underground Casino. The evening started with an inspiring presentation about the EC’s importance and its current activities by our special guests Yomi and Jeremiah, followed by a five-piece choir who sung the good ol’ German Schlager “Ein Freund, ein guter Freund” (“A Friend, a Good Friend”). The casino provided the following games at five tables for its guests: Black Jack, Poker and Roulette. Two of these tables were for our “high rollers,” who wanted to play for higher stakes.
The casino activities also included a brief but very captivating Tango performance with a mysterious lady-in-red, a mind-blowing Argentinean piano player and guitarist. Throughout the evening, our well-dressed friends enjoyed professional photo shoots in the VIP room of the “Monte-Carlo Casino.”
The casino patrons won multiple prizes in the raffle at the end of the evening, including the New Year’s Course this year in Hamburg, one retreat and many other prizes offered by our sangha friends. More than 2,600 Euros were raised via donations at the tables, drinks, snacks, hawker trays and the photo shoots.
After the raffle, true to the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, the time travelers hit the dance floor and partied on until sunrise.
This More-EC evening was much more than a wonderful party and fund-raising event: it brought Buddhist friends from all corners together to strengthen their bonds and support the EC’s beneficial work from afar. The girls and boys of Berlin never looked as beautiful as on this very special night!