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MITHRA International Foundation Third Annual Fundraiser

    On October 5, 2013, Mithra International Foundation held its Third Annual Fundraiser To Benefit Underprivileged Bulgarian Children With Talents In The Arts.

     In the inviting atmosphere of the Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit Mithra’s event gathered people from four continents. Ms. Kyoko Kashiwagi (violin) and Ms. Angelina Pashmakova (piano) captivated the audience with their masterly performance of music by Mozart, Chopin, Pancho Vladigerov and Bartok. The high point of the concert was the premiere of the Sonata for Piano # 6 by Velislav Zaimov. The Bulgarian composer created the Sonata for Ms. Pashmakova in 2012.

     After the concert, Mithra’s guests enjoyed an after-glow reception surrounded by the art works of the participants in Mithra’s Art Workshop for Underprivileged Bulgarian Children with Talents in the Fine Arts. More than twenty works in different media were offered for sale in order to raise money for Mithra’s next project in Bulgaria. The greeting cards made by the children attracted the most interest. For their creation, the young artists used materials ranging from fabrics to wood.

     The live auction at the end of the fundraiser brought a lot of enthusiasm and fun. Donations from a number of businesses helped in Mithra’s efforts to raise funds to support its mission: Empowerment through Education, Art and Culture. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit underprivileged Bulgarian children with talents in the arts.

     Mithra International Foundation would like to express its profound gratitude to Ms. Kyoko Kashiwagi and Ms. Angelina Pashmakova for donating their talent, time and hard work to Mithra’s cause. Angelina and Kyoko, your mesmerized us with your brilliant performance!

     Mithra would like to thank Mr. Tim Hoy of the Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit for providing the wonderful venue for the fundraiser free of charge.

     Mithra is grateful to all its guests and supporters who made the Third Annual Fundraiser a very special event.



August 26-31, 2013 National Natural History Museum
Sofia, Bulgaria

2013 Art Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria

       On Aug. 26, 2013, Ms. Angelina Pashmakova, Vice President of Mithra International Foundation, opened the exhibition of art works by the participants in Mithra's creative workshop for underprivileged Bulgarian children with talents in the fine arts. The exhibition showed over twenty drawings in different media, all-occasion and Christmas cards and small jewelry pieces created by 10 children during the art workshop. One of the surprises at the exhibition opening was Mithra's scholarship awardee, Alex Petrova, who performed folk songs typical of the region where the art workshop took place.

Ms. A. Pashmakova, Mrs. G. Toncheva and Guests

          The workshop was made possible by the generosity of Mithra's sponsors and volunteers. It took place in the beautiful city of Bansko in the Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria, on July 15-21, 2013. Ten children between the age of twelve and sixteen participated in the event. For five days they were able to express themselves in different media assisted by the professional advice of three Bulgarian artists.
Mithra International Foundation would like to express its gratitude to:
        Ms. Tania Laakman and Mr. Ivo Kirkov for inspiring and organizing the art workshop and its subsequent exhibition;
           "Titan - Zlatana Panega" JSC for their generous sponsorship;
           Ms. Zdravka Kostadinova, Ms. Boriana Stancheva-Kovacheva and Mr. Peter Petrov for their crucial contribution as art instructors during the art workshop;
          Ms. Mineva and 2M-KO TOURS agency for providing the logistics for the art workshop;
      The Aneli Hotel in Bansko, Bulgaria for being a wonderful host to the partiscipants in the art workshop'
          Prof. Dr. Nikolay Spasov and Ms. Irina Gerassimova for gracefully offering the exhibition venue, the National Natural History Museum in the heart of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

          The art works of the participants in Mithra's first art workshop will be exhibited during Mithra's Third Annual Fundraiser For The Benefit of Underprivileged Bulgarian Children With Talents In The Arts. The fundraiser will take place on Oct. 5, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Steinway Piano Gallery Of Detroit, Commerce Twp., Michigan.
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Seminar Participants With Ms. Laakman i Ms. Kostadinova

Christmas Cards
Paper Mosaics

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With The Old Wives of Dobarsko

Let's get creative!



The History of Bulgarian Third Tsardom

Told By Its Orders and Medals

          On March 10, 2013, Dr. Petrov delivered a lecture on Bulgarian orders and decorations from the Third Bulgarian Tsardom (1878 – 1946), a period which encompasses the restoration of the independence of the Bulgarian state from the Ottoman Empire to the establishment of the Republic of Bulgaria.   
          During this period six orders were established by the Bulgarian sovereigns Prince Alexander Battenberg, Prince/Tsar (after 1908) Ferdinand I, and Tsar Boris III. The first order “For Bravery” was established in 1879, the last and most prestigious one “SS. Cyril and Methodius” - in 1909. The latter civil order has been the highest award in Bulgaria. Since Bulgaria was involved in numerous military operations in those years four of the orders are military. Despite that, civil service was recognized by Bulgarian rulers by ranking the order “For Civil Merit” above the order “For Military Merit” in value.

          Rare and aesthetically very appealing decorations, sometimes referred to as “orders”, include “For Service to Humanity”, “Ascension of Ferdinand I to the Throne”, “10-years Service”- and “20-years Service”-crosses as well several “Red Cross” decorations. It is notable that the majority of Bulgarian orders and medals have distinct versions for dames identifiable by characteristic “bow tie” ribbons.



MITHRA International would like to express its sincere gratitude to all its friends and supporters who joined us for an evening of beauty and art.

On May 5, 2012, MITHRA International Foundation held its Annual Fundraiser in Metro Detroit in the inviting atmosphere of the Birmingham Unitarian Church. The event combined the talents of Bulgarian artist Ivo Kirkov (IvoK) and three beloved musicians from Metro Detroit: Susan Joul (cell), Kyoko Kashiwagi (violin) and Angelina Pashmakova (piano).

The  fundraiser opened with an exhibition and a silent auction of Bulgarian artist IvoK. His first show in the United States entitled "Like Children Do" consists of twelve artist proofs completed in mixed media technique. It is part of the artist's international project dedicated to helping talented underprivileged children. Looking at the artworks, one’s imagination follows the artist’s plume enriched by a deep color palette, or a fling of forms and patterns, to uncover images of beauty, child’s play, or … Dreamland, hidden in one’s subconscious.


IvoK and Guests

At 7 p.m. the doors of the church Sanctuary opened for a concert of chamber music performed by a piano trio Joul, Kashiwagi and Pashmakova.

Faces from Terraware


On January 22, 2012, TERRAWARE hosted the MITHRA International Fundraiser at their store in Dundas, Ontario.
Terraware is a company devoted to the highest standards in high-end garments. It is a business which is eco-responsible and dedicated to fair trade practices. The friendship and association between MITHRA International and Terraware was built through Terraware's production process. Terraware believes in giving back to all communities assisting their business model and facilitate their success.

Kathryn Fairfield of Terraware and Dimi Koleva, MITHRA international

We would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Kathryn Fairfield, owner and manager of TERRAWARE, who made this event a great success.It was a wonderful time of having fun and building friendships.

We truly appreciate the support of TERRAWARE team and all the amazing people who joined us in support of MITHRA's cause building an environmentally friendly school for underprivileged and marginalized children in Bulgaria!


The Draw





On March 14, 2010, MITHRA International Foundation had its first fundraising concert. Three renouned musicians from three different continents mesmerized the audience at the Birmingham Unitarian Church. Mr. Ron Fischer, Ms. Kyoko Kashiwagi and Ms. Angelina Pashmakova performed Mozart's Three arias from "The Magic Flute“ for two violins, Smetana's Z Domoviny (from My Homeland), Janáček's Ballada from Sonata for Violin and Piano, Pancho Vladigerov's Prelude for Piano, Op 15, and Song for Violin and Piano. The conclusion of the concert was Moszkowski's Suite for Two Violins and  Piano, Op 71.

MITHRA International Benefit Concert

We would like to thank our wonderful audience of music connoisseurs for being part of the event and supporting us. We are especially grateful to the Birmingham Unitarian Church for providing the facilities. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the members of the organizing committee Mr. Ron Fredrick, Ms. Anita Plous and Ms. Barbara Woolf for all their dedication and enthusiasm.


On Jan 31, 2010, for a seventh consecutive year the Troy Public Library hosted The Day of the Bulgarian Culture and Art. This year the event was sponsored by MITHRA International Foundation.
Ms. Angelina Pashmakova, piano, and the young Bulgarian clarinetist Ivan Ivanov performed music by the Bulgarian composers Obretenov, Remenkov, Tekeliev and Stoyanov for the first time in the United States. 
A lecture on Ancient Thrace, the land of megalithic culture, of Orpheus and Zalmoxis, of ancient myths and the most ancient gold treasures preserved for the mankind was delivered by Dimitrina Koleva.

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On Nov. 20, 2009, we had a home-made chocolate truffle sale fund-raiser at the Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe, MI. We would like to express our appreciation of the Grosse Pointe Art Center for hosting this event during the preview party of their Holiday Shop, and everybody who purchased our delicious truffles and donated to MITHRA’s cause.

Grosse Pointe Art Center

St. John of Rila

On Nov. 1, 2009, Ms. Dimitrina Koleva delivered a lecture on St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), the first Bulgarian hermit and saint and guardian of Bulgaria, at the Troy Public Library, Troy, MI.


On Feb. 22, 2009, the Troy Public Library hosted The Day of the Bulgarian Culture and Art. A concert of Bulgarian classical music was performed by Ms. Candace De Lattra (mezzo-soprano) and piano trio Sherri Magno (violin), Susan Joul (cello), Angelina Pashmakova (piano).  A presentation on the Cyrillic alphabet was delivered by Dimitrina Koleva.

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