Faculty and students at Cazenovia College have organized a cultural information and educational program to raise funds for humanitarian aid to the Ukraine.
The event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at the Witherill Room and Dining Hall at Hubbard Hall on campus. The “Stand with Ukraine” fundraiser is open to the public. Proceeds from the event will provide humanitarian aid and relief to Ukrainian families who are suffering due to the Russian invasion of their country.
The program that evening calls for a performance by The ODESA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Syracuse. The group will present dances in cultural dress. Students in College Human Services classes have been making Ukranian-themed bracelets, which will be available to purchase. In addition, some 15 to 20 local retailers have donated baked goods for purchase, and other stores and services are donating gift certificates for items such as yoga classes and personal training, which will be raffled to raise funds. An art display is also planned, and updates and news will be provided.
Faculty members Dr. Christina Bobesky and Dr. Anita Welych have coordinated arrangements for the event, along with Assistant Dean for Student Life Tiffany Varlaro. Dr. Bobesky, who is an associate professor of Human Services, works as a youth counselor at the Ukrainian Center of Syracuse. She is a second-generation Ukranian-American who has extended family in the Ukraine who are currently sheltering due to the conflict.