NYC Mothers Unite to Help Ukraine
The fundraiser is close to home for several moms in the group who are from Ukraine and surrounding areas
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“The idea was formed to do a fundraiser because there are a lot of moms on the Upper East Side who are influencers and have a lot of connections.”
At a brainstorming session, the group of moms came up with ideas for the event which will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, live performances and more.
Being part of this collaborative effort is important to fellow mom in the group, Agata Lemiesz, who has friends and family in her native Poland who are helping arriving Ukrainian refugees receive shelter, childcare, and other important resources.
“As a born and raised Polish woman, the war in Ukraine feels very personal to me,” Lemiesz said. “However, as a new mom, seeing the images of families torn apart and mothers forced to escape with young children breaks my heart.
Lavinda said she feels very proud to be part of this group of women who are doing what they can to help her fellow Ukrainians back home.
“It is overwhelming support in general. We've been able to accomplish so much so far,” Lavinda said.
Helping Razom for Ukraine
All proceeds from the event will benefit Razom. Like many of the women in NYC Moms for a Cause, Razom’s president, Dora Chomiak, has close family ties in Ukraine.
“As a native New Yorker, daughter of displaced persons from Ukraine, and mom of two, I am so incredibly grateful and thankful to NYC Moms for a Cause for their generous contribution,” Chomiak said. “Razom–which means “together” in Ukrainian–is very focused right now on delivering critical humanitarian aid on the ground to save lives.”
What to Expect at An Evening for Ukraine
Attendees at the event will enjoy:
Live Performances: Singing by Ukrainian Village Voices and Ukrainian folk dancing
Art Displays: There will be a pysanky display of traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs
Food and Drink: Canapes and flowing drinks will be available
Silent auction: Includes a variety of travel destinations and staycation packages, entertainment passes, family items such as family photoshoots and kids’ classes, and Ukrainian cultural items such as pysanky Easter eggs and other art
Details for Attending the Event
An Evening for Ukraine will be hosted by NYC Moms for a Cause at the Ukrainian Institute of America, located at 2 East 79 St., Manhattan, on Tuesday, April 12; 6:30-9pm.
General admission tickets are $175. For more information about the event, including how to make a donation to Razom, visit the group’s event page or Instagram.
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