Gala Banquet and Dance – Ukraine’s 25th Anniversary of Independence and 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Pioneers in Canada

On August 27, 2016, the League of Ukrainian Women in Canada – Calgary Branch, in cooperation with a number of Ukrainian organizations in Calgary, organized a fundraiser Gala Banquet & Dance to celebrate these two memorable dates for Canadian Ukrainians. While our primary mission was to commemorate these two significant anniversaries, we also fundraised and donated $5,000 to the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta. In addition, all proceeds from the Silent Auction held during the Gala and other designated donations – $5,000 in total – were gifted to the Guardian Angels Ukraine Project. The event included prominent guest speaker, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko.

The Gala was attended by 250 guests. The feedback from our guests and community members was that the event was a huge success. It brought together all Ukrainian Calgarians, regardless of their affiliations. It showcased our rich traditions – from the food served, to the history of Ukrainian Pioneers in Canada, to our cultural heritage of song and dance. It was pertinent and accessible to Ukrainians of all ages and backgrounds.

We are grateful to the following people and organizations who supported the League in organizing this event and took an active part in the organizing committee:

Chair: Oksana Kuzyshyn (LUWC)
Creative Designer: Maria Shysh (LUWC)
Public relations: Hanna Zavrazhyna (LUWC)
Entertainment Coordinators: Inna Platonova (LUWC) and Marcia Maluta (St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church)
Sponsorship Coordinator: Tetiana Chekhovych (LUWC)
Silent Auction & Door Prize Coordinator: Stephanie Savyn (LUWC)
Master of Ceremonies and Guest Seating Coordinator: Eileen Boyko (PLAST) – MCs were Katrusia Owad and Andrew Boyko
Menu Coordinator: Teresa Zalucky
Treasurer: Brett Strutinski
Photographer: Michael Shysh
St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church Representative: Mark Ewanchyna
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church Representative: Maria Shysh
Graphic Artist: Irene Demchuk
Members: Halya Wilson (CYM, UCC), Bohdan Romaniuk (UCPBA), Eugene Yankovsky, Jean Mekitiak (Ukrainian Museum of Canada)

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