"The Gala totally changed my perception of Romania: it is not just a country full of orphans, pollution and poverty, but also full of brilliant people like Georgescu and the artists. I went to DC with the idea that Romania needs the US, but I know now the US needs Romania too, and not just because of the geographic location".

"I should have written you first to congratulate you on the successful gala. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to supporting Alianta."

"I just want to follow up on our introduction at the Alianta gala last night. I was so glad to finally meet you! The event was a huge success. Everything -- the venue, art exhibit, speeches, food -- was exceptional. I am very honored to have been a part of it."

"I need to reconsider going back to invest in Romania."

"Even if I am not Romanian, I want to search, maybe I have some Romanian ancestors, I love the way I feel in this community."