The Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) fundraising gala, which will take place at the Hungarian Consulate in New York City tomorrow, is completely sold out. Every seat at every table has been reserved. Since 2003, SPF, with various partners, have awarded over $3 million in chess scholarships and prizes to young people across the country.
I would like to thank the Consulate General and the Hungarian Consulate, for hosting the magnificent gala again, and the countless supporters over the years, for their generosity. Our mission to help young people is not done.
In 10 years, no officer or board member of the SPF has received a penny in salary or compensation. Unlike many other foundations, other than minor expenses required to maintain the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations raised were used to fulfill our mission. This policy will not change.
I will post photos of this special event tomorrow.
My good friend, Mr. Jorge Saggiante, the organizer of the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City, has just generous donated the actual table and chair used by World Champion Vishy Anand when he won the World Championship in Mexico City, for the auction to raise money for the SPF.
The starting bid will be $12,500 and it will be shipped directly to the winning bidder.
The world championship tables were manufactured in France by the company Hugues Chevalier and were designed especially for the World Chess Championship Mexico 2007. The table and the chairs are made in Sycamore wood (satin), and the chairs have special leather in orange color. In total, 4 tables and 8 chairs were produced, and each one is numbered and can never be reproduced. The original design was made by a famous Mexican architect.
The table and the chairs selected were placed as number one in the playing hall of the world chess championship in Mexico City in 2007. This table was the one Vishy Anand played the last game to clinch the World Championship title. The chess board and the electronic clock are not included.