Successful Events Held in Chicago, New York, and Warren, MI

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In October and November, Chicago, New York, and Warren (MI) hosted successful events to support the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU).

The Chicago luncheon, held on October 28, gathered close to 300 friends and benefactors, including some 40 businesspeople from Ukraine who support UCU and their families. This was the 15th anniversary of banquets in Chicago and $165,000 was raised. The highlight of the afternoon was the lively presentation of Rear Admiral retired Boris Lushniak, MD. Dr. Lushniak is a Chicago native and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF). UCEF Chief Operating Officer Joe Solimini noted that the “the event emphasized scholarships.” Photos from the event are available on UCEF’s Facebook page here

The New York luncheon, held on November 4, raised $230,000, with 220 guests in attendance, including many long-time donors. It was also the 15th anniversary of banquets in New York. The versatile Dr. Lushniak traveled to New York to serve as emcee. And Prof. Francis Fukuyama, author of the book The End of History and a visiting professor at UCU, was the main speaker. Photos from the event are available on UCEF’s Facebook page here

Warren (MI) hosted a luncheon on November 11. The UCU luncheon returned to that city after a hiatus of 10 years. Close to 100 people attended and $80,000 was raised. The highlight of the event was noted business consultant Adrian Slywotzky, a visiting professor at the UCU Lviv Business School. “Slywotzky shared facts about UCU with the audience, which he calls ‘the most exciting start-up, worthy of your investment,'” recounted Solimini, Photos from the event are available on UCEF’s Facebook page here

All three cities enjoyed the musical entertainment provided by Ukrainian singer Pavlo Tabakov, seen in photo. In addition to singing his own songs, Tabakov also turned the microphone over to various audience members when singing popular Ukrainian tunes.

And all three cities featured attractive venues for the events.

 

 

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