The Slava Ukraini fundraiser on April 9 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort raised $4,443 for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. (Contributed)

The Slava Ukraini fundraiser on April 9 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort raised $4,443 for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. (Contributed)

LETTER: Fundraiser collected more than $4,000 for Ukraine aid

Slava Ukraini event was held in Summerland on April 9

Dear Editor:

The Slava Ukraini fundraiser last Saturday night (April 9) at the Summerland Waterfront Resort raised $4,443 for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. This would not have been possible without the generosity of many people, first and foremost the 92 community members who came out to show their support and enjoy the lively evening of words and music.

We wish to thank the resort for providing the venue and, in particular, assistant general manager Lisa Jaager for making the arrangements and conference services and catering coordinator Michele Blanchard who went beyond the call of duty to ensure the evening ran smoothly.

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Special recognition goes to the four talented musicians who donated their time to wow and entertain the audience: Pam Ferens, Marilyn Stefanik, Vic Ukrainetz and Garry Zarr.

Joanna Malar was the emcee extraordinaire and the following presenters graced the stage: Danny Evanishen, Jean Evanishen, Jacinta Ferrari, Don Gayton, Doug Holmes, Caroline McKay, Cal Meiklejohn, and Betty-Ann Xenis.

Much appreciation goes to the many local businesses, organizations and individuals who offered silent auction items, refreshments, and gifts.

Thanks also to Phyllis O’Connell and Barbara Mandeau who served the delicious pedaheh.

The idea for the event came from a casual conversation between Peter Hay and community librarian Caroline McKay and it quickly grew a life of its own. Seeing the community come together as it did for such an important cause was the most satisfying aspect of organizing the event.

Dorthea Atwater, Dan Dinsmore, Danny Evanishen, Jean Evanishen, Don Gayton, Judy Harris, Peter Hay, Doug Holmes, Caroline McKay, Cal Meiklejohn, Betty-Ann Xenis

Summerland

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