The Lithuanian City of London Club (LCLC), which was established 10 years ago, has united many of its current members and alumni, as well as other friends and honourable guests, in its Anniversary Gala Dinner on the 9th of September. Evening guests have travelled from as far Lithuania, Brussels, Paris, Stockholm, Dubai, Washington and Chicago.
The 10th Anniversary event took place in the very heart of City of London, at the Stationers Hall, which was built next to St Paul‘s Cathedral back in 17th century. Since 2006 the Club has had more than 100 City of London professionals as its members. Most of them continue to pursue succesful finance, law and consulting careers in London, while some already have significant achievements in other fields such as politics, education and IT.
The evening guests were greated by the Club‘s president Marius Raugalas; Her Excellency Asta Skaisgirytė-Liauškienė, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom; Mantvydas Bekešius, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania; Edward Lucas, writer and Senior Editor at the Economist; Sir Paul Judge, Alderman of the City of London; Benjaminas Žemaitis, President of the Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts; and Kotryna-Stankutė-Jaščemskienė, Director of Global Lithuanian Leaders.
Edward Lucas highlighted the importance of this unique gathering of Lithuanians in the heart of City of London by starting his speech with the inspiring words, “this is what we were fighting for!” [when fighting for Lithuania’s Independence over 25 years ago].
Congratulations came from Lithuania as well – from Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius and many others who were part of the Club‘s history. They were recorded in a short anniversary movie.
The musical entertainment was provided by accordionist Aurimas Goris, 1st Violin Trial in London Philharmonic Orchestra Rasa Žukauskaitė, and Danny Mills, one of London‘s top piano playing and singing entertainers.
The Club would like to express its gratitude to the evening’s Gold Sponsor, Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), which is the 6th largest diversity staffing firm in the US and a global provider of business and IT services, including staff augmentation, managed staffing programs, and solutions, with more than 25 years of consecutive growth. A privately held, financially strong, woman-owned company, S3 is a full-service IT firm, with 31 locations across the US and Europe (including the UK, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic), they have industry expertise in healthcare, insurance, financial services, energy/utility and retail distribution.
We are also very grateful to our sponsors who donated prizes for the auction and the raffle which enabled us to raise a considerable amount of money for supporting charity initiatives run by Caritas. Big thank you goes to Lijana Ryliškytė, Vladas Lašas, restaurant Panama, Joanna Zwierzynska, Rolana Kuprytė, Kiriakos Papadakis, Juratė Tiškaitė, Justas Janauskas and Vinted, Uoga Uoga, Laura Kuklieriūtė, Tick a Twig, Abbeville Beauty Salon, Juste Zinkeviciute's project "Pasimatuok Jūrą", AiMi, Inchcape, Vygaudas Usackas, restaurant Dublis, Remigijus Šimašius, Meat Lovers Pub, Martynas Levickis, Edward Lucas, Beata Nicholson, JC Sport, Jurgis Didžiulis, Deeper and FashionBloc representing brands D.Efect ETC, Kazauka, Makara, Ramune Piekautaitė, Tadam, and Undress.
Currently LCLC unites over 60 members who contribute their time and funds to various charity, educational, mentoring and other projects, as well as contribute to improving the international image of Lithuania and attracting foreign direct investment. The Club‘s honorary members include His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, Lithuania‘s former President, and His Excellency Oskaras Jusys, former Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Kingdom.