We are excited to share with you our series Razom Says Dyakuyu. “Dyakuyu” means “thank you” in Ukrainian. Our work supporting Ukraine and getting humanitarian aid on the ground where it is needed most, would not be possible without the generous donations made by donors. With this series, we are highlighting some of the amazing donors and unique fundraisers that have supported Razom.
Since February 24, 2022, many groups have reached out to Razom with initiatives aimed at supporting Ukraine. One of the first was NYC Moms, a group that formed during COVID-19 to navigate parenting during the pandemic. It is these incredible Moms that Razom wants to thank wholeheartedly for having turned to us in solidarity and organized an event that helps us carry out a humanitarian aid project in Ukraine. Faced with the reality of russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the New York City mothers decided to act to support Ukrainian people by forming NYC Moms for a Cause.
The Moms put together an Evening for Ukraine: A Cocktail Reception to Benefit Ukrainian Families. The event and auction were held on the evening of April 12. It was one of the first events in New York City uniting people in solidarity with Ukraine and collecting funds for Razom’s Emergency Response Project. The gala gathered guests in the French gothic style mansion of the Ukrainian Institute of America on the Upper East Side and showcased various elements of Ukrainian culture.
“The moms recognized the critical need to help families in crisis,” the group said when announcing the event. “Additionally, several group members have personal ties to Ukraine through family, colleagues, and nonprofit work in the region.”
Along with words of solidarity and support for Ukraine, the event immersed the audience in all-things-Ukrainian including a demonstration of how to decorate Ukrainian pysanky (Ukraine’s traditional decorated Easter eggs), an exhibit of art, performances of Ukrainian music and dance, and the sale of blue and yellow angel ornaments made by children. All of this was accompanied by drinks and treats including traditional Ukrainian cuisine.
The pinnacle of the evening was the silent auction which collected funds for Razom’s humanitarian relief work in Ukraine. Together with the sale of the lots, individual contributions in the form of crypto currency donations checks, the event yielded over $100,000. Hundred percent of it was entrusted to Razom to convert into aid for vulnerable civilians in Ukraine. As NYC Moms for a Cause envisioned, this sum entered Razom’s pool of funds that our teams strategically allocate toward providing aid for displaced families, the delivery of medical supplies, and other critical relief.
Razom and all the people whom we’ve been able to support on the ground in Ukraine during the war say “dyakuyu” to Moms for a Cause for their solidarity with Ukraine and support for Razom’s humanitarian efforts.