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January 28, 2005

Dear Metin,

As you know, POWER UP's mission is to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media... Our members are women and men, gay and straight, who share a singular purpose -- to promote diversity by supporting our mission...

POWER UP is exceeding our goals through the film grant program... For the fourth year POWER UP has had a film made through the film grant program as an Official Selection of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

It's with your generosity and support that we exist. Being an organization made up of all volunteers, each dollar received goes directly to programs and services.

Thank you again for your contributions in 2004 and I hope you are able to to continue your pledge of support in the New Year.

Stacy Codikow


February 10, 2005

Dear Metin Bereketli,

On behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, let me extend you our warmest thanks for your donation to our 38th Annual Dinner Auction held January 29, 2005. The event had over 750 attendees and was very successful because of your involvement.

Please also know, on behalf of our children, staff and Corporate Board, we greatly appreciate your support. We are sure that without concerned, thoughtful community oriented people like you, our commitment to the youth of Broward County would not be possible...

We close with our warmest thans, and an open invitation for you to visit any of our Boys & Girls Clubs when the opportunity arises..

On behalf of youth,

Samuel Jordan

Chief Administrative Officer

January 28, 2005

Dear Mr. Bereketli,

On behalf of The Paralysis Project of America's Board of Directors and the entire Auction Committee, we would like to thank you for your generous contribution.

Due to the generosity of people such as you, our event was a tremendous success and more money can now be donated to the scientific researchers who are trying to restore function to those with spinal cord injuries.

Thank you, again.


Catherine M. Lepone

Executive Director

February 24, 2005

Dear Metin,

"Arabian Nights on Star Island" was quite an exotic and entertaining evening... It was, without a doubt, one of Best Bussies' most memorable events. Not only it was a magical night, it was also a huge success, raising well over $600,000 for Best Buddies.

Best Buddies is truly grateful to you for effort in making this event an extraordinary success. We would like to thank you for your generous donation of amazing artworks. They contributed greatly to our auction and helped us raise funds for programs all over the country...

Thank you,

Anthony K. Shriver

Founder and Chairman

American Autoimmune
Related Diseases Association

June 7, 2005

Dear Mr. Bereketli,

Thank you for your generous donation of signed poster artwork for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association event next fall. 

As you may know, autoimmune diseases affect one in every five Americans, yet the public remains in the dark regarding autoimmunity. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to bringing about a national focus on all autoimmune diseases, as well as supporting research into the cause and cure of autoimmunity.

Again, thank you for your contribution.

Best wishes,

Virginia T. Ladd

President and Executive Director

LLU Children's Hospital LLUCH Foundation

June 27, 2005

Dear Mr. Bereketli,

If our young patients could call and thank you, they would. 

On their behalf though, we thank you for choosing to partner with Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Your donation of five signed art posters provides hope, healing, and wholeness to the children in our community.

For more than ten years, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital has enjoyed the support of caring people, like yourself. These partnerships allow us to reach high standards of pediatric medical care that we have set for ourselves...

Your commitment to making this possible is deeply appreciated.


Cindy Williams, Director

Loma Linda University Chidlren's Hospital Foundation

Loma Linda, California

Children's Hospital of Alabama

November 2005

Dearest Metin,

Children's Hospital is fortunate to have talented individuals who care about the healthcare of children. You are such an individual. Thank you so much for your recent art contribution to Children's Hospital.

Your work is spectacular and will be an incredible addition to our clinic area and our teenage activity room. Your pieces are also going to be featured in our annual Gala, which raises money for a specific program at Children's Hospital each year. This year the Gala raised more than $143,000 for the Pulmonary Division.

Children's Hospital serves children from every county in Alabama and a few surrounding counties. Each year, Children's Hospital provides pediatric services during over 13,000 inpatient visits and over 600,000 outpatient visits. The hospital provides advanced pediatric services in fields that range from cancer to cystic fibrosis to traumatic brain injuries.

Metin, I have truly enjoyed working with you. Your spirit is absolutely amazing, and your desire to help is evident. It is a rare and wonderful opportunity to be connected with someone across the country who has passion for helping children in Alabama.

I am a truly better person for knowing you and I believe that Children's Hospital is fortunate to have your artwork in our facility.

Thank you so much for your donation. Please contact me if I can be assistance to you.



Emily C. I. Hornak
Development Associate
Children's Hospital of Alabama

The energetic and a true friend-of-the-arts Lisa M. Moeller (Center), President and COO of USO of Illinois, holding Metin's donated print DIVERSITY 1 and enjoying the moment with her two hard working colleagues -- Geoff Gephart, Director of Development (left) and Alison Ruble, Entertainment Coordinator (right).

US Navy Sailors posing with Metin's signed DIVERSITY #1 print at the Art Room of USO Great Lakes

September 6, 2006

Dear Mr. Bereketli,

On behalf of the 2006 USO Star Spangled Salute Gala Committee, we would like to thank you for your recent generous donations to the auction for the USO event on October 14, 2006.

The USO will be proud to offer our guests the opportunity to bid on the following:

"Hi 5 Dancing Hands" Lithograph signed by Artist Metin Bereketli

"Diversity 1" Lithograph signed by Artist Metin Bereketli

"Freedom" Lithograph signed by Artist Metin Bereketli

"Dancers" Lithograph signed by Artist Metin Bereketli

Your donations will be referenced in the evening's very special program book, which will be distributed to more than 700 guests.

With your support, this year's USO Star Spangled Salute will be the most successful ever that allows the organization to touch the lives of over 160,000 military personnel and their families this year alone! Through countless quality of life programs, deployment support, homecoming events, family day programs and four USO Home Away from Home centers, the USO is able to, 365 days of the year, provide care and comfort for those defending freedom.

Thank you for your support of the brave men and women who serve our nation!

For the troops,


Patty Nalepa

2006 Star Spangled Salute Co-Chair

Kristina McGrath

2006 Star Spangled Salute Co-Chair

December 7, 2006

TO: Roberto Silverman

Dear Roberto, please send our great appreciation for Mr. Metin's donated artwork DIVERSITY #1, Hi5s, and DANCERS. The venue has informed us that they have received it and they all look great!

You are welcome to advertise our event with link to our site for your contribution. This is an annual event, celebrities are already confirmed for 2007 Aroni Awards.

We wish you and Mr. Metin health and prosperity for 2007.