40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION
On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November, at the Monastery of Sargiano, the 40th Anniversary of the Foundation of Man Center was celebrated, and attended by numerous members from the major Italian cities and from abroad.
The Event was gladdened with the presence of the famous singer Antonella Ruggiero.
In His introduction, the President Pier Franco Marcenaro stated that every Celebration of Man Center is a celebration of love and, for love, time does not pass. Time is an invention of man explained the President, in the higher planes of creation there is only one eternal present. An eternal present of 40 years, then, the experience of the Association, made up of moments passed together in which to extol the love and the good qualities that everyone must find in others.
The President then summed up the forty years’ activity of Man Center.
Afterwards, the Vice President Antonio Casapieri spoke, remembering the Headquarters of Lucca and Berceto (Parma) and mentioning the many initiatives that succeeded one another over the years: the marches in favor of world peace, the commitment against marginalization, the protection and appreciation of the environment, the dialog between cultures and religions, and last but not least he mentioned the awards received.
It is precisely in the commitment against marginalization and for aid to people in need that Man Center regularly allocates part of its resources to projects aimed at developing peoples: for this year, the Association has decided to support the “Wells and Villages for Sinai” project, supervised by the Association's representative in Egypt Fabio Brucini.
This was followed with a concert given by Antonella Ruggiero, during which, thanks to her ability as a performer, the well-known singer was able to touch on points that are virtually very far apart from each other. After the long applause she gave Pier Franco Marcenaro a commemorative plaque, in recognition of 40 years’ Presidency of the Association.
Congratulation messages, with deep recognition of past activity and best wishes for a bright future, were sent by all the invited Authorities.
On the next day the celebration continued behind closed doors, with interesting and moving speeches by the President, Vice President and other historic members of the Association in an atmosphere of incredible, loving joy.
35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION
On 30 September 2012 the ancient walls of the Monastery of Sargiano hosted the celebrations of the 35th Anniversary of the Founding of Man Center.
An invaluable goal for the NPO, that in its 35 years of activity has carried out numerous initiatives for the improvement of the human being, world peace, intercultural and interreligious dialog, and environmental protection.
The Patroness of the event, the well-known and highly regarded actress Paola Gassman, officially handed the commemorative plaque over to the President Pier Franco Marcenaro.
Later, for the many members of the Center who had come from both Italy and abroad, she performed several lyric poems with a spiritual theme.
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION
A joyful and well-attended ceremony celebrating 30 years of activity of Man Center was held at the Monastery of Sargiano on the morning of Sunday 21 October 2007.
The event's Patroness was the well-known presenter Maria Teresa Ruta, who collaborated with the Association in the Project 100 Children of Diourbel, to support abandoned children in Senegal.
This project is linked with other initiatives carried on by Man Center, such as those in aid of poor children in Moldavia and help for centers for the elderly and physically challenged in Italy, too.
In her speech for the occasion, Maria Teresa Ruta stressed the need for a greater diffusion of higher spiritual values capable of kindling and feeding the spirit of selflessness and service, which is the heart of the work of Man Center.
Afterwards, to seal these words, she gave the President of Man Center, Pier Franco Marcenaro, the commemorative plaque for the 30th Anniversary.
Warm messages from all five continents and numerous Italian and foreign visitors acted as a background to the ceremony, which was also enriched by the spiritual songs of the singer Alessandra.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION
On 19 October 2002 in Milan, at a Conference on spiritual and humanitarian issues that saw, among others, the participation of the well-known writer Fernanda Pivano, the celebrations were held for the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of Man Center.
Fernanda Pivano, with whom Pier Franco Marcenaro had previously collaborated on the occasion of several initiatives of a humanitarian and social nature, expressed great admiration in her speech for the Center’s activities and she congratulated its President for the work carried on in 25 years of guidance of the Association.
She then officially handed over the commemorative plaque for the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary.