United Women Fundraise for Ukraine 

By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022
Monica Lenches, Miroslava Kisilevitch, April Stroud, and Cindy Feinberg at the Unite in Solidarity event

On May 24, United Women for Ukraine gathered the community for a fundraising luncheon that marked the three-month anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. Attendees honored Ukraine with its national anthem and were moved by concert pianist Miroslava Kisilevitch’s performance of Ukrainian classical music, including Ukraine’s spiritual anthem “Melody.” Guests were also able to learn more about Ukraine’s history as well as the current devastation. The event was decorated with sunflowers, which were a symbol of Ukraine’s complete nuclear disarmament in late ‘90s, and now represent Ukraine’s resistance against Russia.

“It was a day that gave our community an opportunity to come together, care, and cry together and make a difference together. There was an incredibly strong presence of women which reminded Cindy and me to never underestimate the loving kindness of a small group of empowered women to make things happen,” said Monica Lenches, one of the event’s organizers along with Cindy Feinberg. Fundraising efforts and a paddle raise at the actual event raised a total of just over $45,000, which will go toward Direct Relief’s work in supporting Ukraine. Visit solidaritywithukrainesb.info for more information.


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