A Ukrainian native who owns a Queens bar together with his Russian spouse held a fundraiser for his homeland Sunday — whereas ex-Gov. Pataki made one other journey to the war-torn area to assist refugees.
The fund-raiser at The Church within the Gardens in Forest Hills included conventional Ukrainian dancers, poetry readings, meals and drinks and raised no less than $10,000.
“We had been shocked with the response we obtained, simply how many individuals are right here,” stated organizer and Keuka Kafe proprietor Ollie Sakhno.
The volunteer dancers on the occasion wearing conventional Ukrainian garb and carried out the Pryvit, a dance that will get it title from the Ukrainian phrase for “welcome” and is usually executed initially of weddings and festivals.
Dancer Olena Shevelenko, 25, who carried out on the profit, is a tutor in New York Metropolis, however her dad and mom are again in Ukraine’s hard-hit metropolis of Kherson.
“My dad is … a army man. Even my mother was going to take a weapon to guard our nation,” Shevelenko instructed The Put up via tears, including that she checks in on her dad and mom day-after-day.
The cash raised will go to Razom, a nonprofit that takes its title from the phrase “collectively” in Ukrainian, Sakhno stated. The group stated it would put the money towards serving to hospitals and offering medical provides within the besieged Japanese European nation.
Sahkno’s cousin was compelled to flee Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv along with her two younger kids whereas her husband, who’s in his late 50s, stayed behind to struggle.
“They wakened sooner or later, and [the Russians] had been shelling their neighborhood,” Sahkno stated.
“So the husband obtained within the automobile and drove them to Romanian border. They cross to Romania, from Romania, they went to Bulgaria and are secure,” he stated of his cousin and her youngsters.
Sakhno stated Bulgarians have been beneficiant to his members of the family, giving them free groceries and cash to get by.
Sakhno, 53, fled Ukraine when he was 21 earlier than the Soviet Union collapsed. His spouse, Olga, 49, left Leningrad in Russia when she was 16. The couple was among the many 2 million Jews who emigrated from the previous Soviet Union within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties in search of a greater life within the US.
In the meantime, Pataki, who has Hungarian family, has made his second journey to the Ukraine-Hungary border, the place his basis is constructing mobile-housing items for refugees.
“It’s nonetheless a struggle zone,’’ the previous GOP gov said on Facebook. However “it’s actually inspirational to see how the individuals of Ukraine — from all walks of life — have come collectively to cope with this disaster.”
Pataki can be working with Ukrainian officers to create an entity to assist rebuild elements of the nation leveled by the Russian invasion, akin to the Decrease Manhattan Improvement Corp. set as much as rebuild downtown Manhattan after the Sept. 11 assaults.
The pol stated his basis introduced 30 tons of meals from Hungary to Ukrainian border cities.
“There are 5 million refugees who left Ukraine. However right here you may see there are 10 million internally displaced refugees from japanese Ukraine who’ve relocated to the western a part of Ukraine, they usually need assistance,” Pataki stated.