But as with the many seeds that were planted during the two years of the UWC Adriatic experience, the seeds of love came back. After many years apart, the two chanced to meet again and realized that their bond remained as strong as ever and deserved and demanded a future together.
Their shared love of Italy led to the selection of the wedding location at Florentine vineyard Il Borro that Karen (known internationally as Karen Mok) had discovered through a photo shoot for the fashion company Ferragamo. Former classmates, friends and family joined the couple under the Tuscan sun to celebrate their nuptials on 1 October 2011 in the chapel of the vineyard.
UWC Adriatic is honored that Karen and Johannes requested that donations to the College be made in lieu of wedding gifts in recognition of the profound impact their time at UWC Adriatic had on their lives.
Our sincere thanks to them and their following guests who took up the invitation and donated a total of € 26.896,00 – sufficient to provide more than one full scholarship to a future student for one year!:
Christian Kraul-von Renner
David Sutcliffe (donation for UWC Mostar)
Ferruccio, Leonardo, Giovanna, Fulvia Ferragamo
Kok Ming Lee
Marina & Wolfgang Biedermann
Sergio & Gabriella Vasques
Sung Hui Chang
Tencent Technology (Beijing) Company Limited
Werner Doris Heimer
Our special thanks to Tencent Technology (Beijing) Company Limited for their most generous donation.
While we cannot guarantee such fairytale endings in the future to our students, we have no doubt that love and learning go hand in hand in realizing our mission to make education a force to unite peoples, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.