Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center marks 40th anniversary with virtual celebration

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) in Jenkintown, Pa., marked its 40th anniversary with a virtual celebration posted on its webpage, YouTube and Facebook. The video paid particular tribute to the nine presidents of the UECC who led the numerous Boards of Directors in serving the Ukrainian-American community of the greater Philadelphia area over those 40 years.

Svoboda awarded 2020 Antonovych prize

WALTHAM, Mass. – Svoboda, the oldest continually published Ukrainian-language newspaper in the world, has been awarded the 2020 Antonovych prize, according to the Omelan and Tatiana Antonovych Foundation.

UCEF wins four stars, a top rating from Charity Navigator

HARTFORD, Conn. – For the third consecutive year, the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) has won the highest four-star rating from the prestigious Charity Navigator rating service in recognition of its strong performance as a cost-effective and mission driven charity. UCEF is known throughout the Ukrainian community as the primary fundraising arm of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, widely recognized among the finest institutions of higher education in Ukraine.

Soyuzivka Heritage Center: alive and hopping as 2021 cultural festival kicks off summer season

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – For more than 12 months, the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., had rested in eerie silence, and for the second straight year, odds for the Soyuzivka Cultural Festival seeing light of day appeared slim indeed. But after many grim warnings regarding COVID-19 and mandated lockdowns, the Ukrainian community was parched for an opportunity to reconnect and to celebrate the cultural ideals that bind its members together.

Dancing in a bubble

The Roma Pryma Bohachevsky (RPB) Dance Academy Workshop has invariably been one of the highlights of the Ukrainian Cultural Festival. The group’s exciting dance presentations are not only entertaining, but they also preserve Ukrainian heritage by illustrating steps and costumes from various regions of Ukraine.

Creating a festival in 21 days

Scheduling performers and advertising while fortifying a huge venue like the Soyuzivka Heritage Center for the influx of many hundreds of concertgoers usually requires many months of detailed work. But the Ukrainian Cultural Festival is such an important part of the mission of the Ukrainian National Foundation (UNF) that all involved rolled up their sleeves and completed the task in only three weeks (The VIP gala for donors was actually finalized with merely one week lead time).

Ukrainian American Veterans

Uniformed members of the Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) have long comprised the honor guard carrying the flags at the main program of the Soyuzivka festivals. This non-political brotherhood of American veterans is united by shared military experience, common Ukrainian heritage and the desire to help other current or newly discharged brothers and sisters within our community. Responding to ongoing Russian invasions, they continue to raise much needed awareness and funding for wounded Ukrainian veterans.

Two homegrown stars

Two exciting diaspora singers especially wowed Festival audiences: Christina Yavdoshnyak and Anna Kosachevich. It was indeed gratifying to witness such mature performances by both polished vocalists who are still in their teens.