the Board of Trustees of the World
for the annual Paul Mellon Lecture on British
lecture will be presented by Sir
Tom Shebbeare, KCVO, Director
of Charities to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on
evening, November 19, 2007 in
to the lecture and reception is by invitation only.
Invitations are free for WMF members and will be forthcoming.
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WMF in Turkey |
WMF began working in Turkey in the late
1980s at the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias (above) in
southwestern Asia Minor. Since then, WMF has supported conservation
projects at a wide range of sites around the country. Visit the slideshow to see WMF's
Monuments Fund presented
its very first Hadrian Award twenty years ago, I could not have
anticipated the impact it would have upon the preservation
year, the Hadrian Award extends WMF's highest honor to an
international leader who has advanced the understanding,
appreciation, and preservation of the world's shared cultural
We are honored to
present the 2007 Hadrian Award this month to Rahmi M. Koç, his
sister Semahat Arsel, and the Koç family for their leadership in
preserving Turkey's heritage. I can think of no better way to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Hadrian Award than by honoring this remarkable
family's long legacy of philanthropy and their
unwavering commitment to protecting Turkish
I invite you to read on for more
about the Koç family and WMF's work at sites across Turkey.
I hope you will join me on October 19th in New York City at
the Pierre Hotel when we present the Hadrian Award to this
Awardee: The Koç
Koç family's extraordinary legacy in the Republic
began more than 80 years ago with the work of patriarch Vehbi Koç.
An entrepreneur, businessman, and humanitarian, Koç established a
corporate and philanthropic empire that supported the growth and
democratization of the country.
his children and grandchildren-son Rahmi M. Koç, and daughters
Semahat Arsel, Sevgi Gönül (now deceased), and Suna Kiraç, along
with Rahmi M. Koç's three sons, Mustafa, Ömer, and Ali-have
successfully built upon this legacy. Under Rahmi Koç's leadership,
the Koç Group of companies has grown into the country's most
important conglomerate. Today, under the chairmanship of Mustafa
Koç, it is Turkey's
largest private employer with 93,000 employees.
Koç family's commercial success can be described as a series of
firsts. They built the first lightbulb factory in Turkey,
the first local manufacturing plants for cars and trucks, and
launched the country's first line of household appliances. Along
with their business achievements has come a tremendous sense of
obligation to the country, its people, and its cultural heritage.
about the Koç
|In Focus: Meryem Ana, Turkey|
Just months after the announcement of
its inclusion on the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100
Most Endangered Sites, plans are already underway to help save
Turkey's Meryem Ana
(Church of the Mother of God).
|The World Monuments Fund is
delighted to welcome two new members to our senior staff: Lisa
Ackerman, our new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and
Christine Squires, our new Vice President of Development.
to joining WMF, Lisa (right) was Executive Vice President of the
Samuel H. Kress Foundation, where she served under WMF Chairman
for 25 years. Her background and experience at the Kress
Foundation and her personal charitable work span both administration
and program in the non-profit arts field. She holds an MBA from
and has recently completed work for a master's degree in historic
preservation at the Pratt Institute. Her extensive
philanthropic work and personal interests include serving on the
boards of the New York Preservation Archive, Historic House Trust of
New York City, and working in the Education Department at the
Lisa has had a lifelong interest in the fine arts and the performing
arts, especially contemporary dance.
Christine (left) comes to WMF
after ten years with the US Fund for UNICEF, most recently as the
Vice President of Marketing. While there, she advanced through
a variety of management-level positions in marketing and
development. Christine was also a member of UNICEF's global
marketing and fund-raising strategic planning team. Prior to the US
Fund for UNICEF, Christine worked in the publishing industry as a
promotions and marketing specialist, and had gained several years
experience in retail management for both the May Corporation and
Bergdorf Goodman. Christine has traveled extensively through
her work and personally, and brings with her a passion for WMF's
mission of preserving the world's historic
|October is membership month at the World Monuments
Fund and we invite you to take advantage of a very special
offer. Become a member or renew your existing membership by
October 31st and receive a free gift
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special events and our membership travel program, discounts on WMF
publications, and much more.
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