Ukrainian Running Club New York marks 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with Vyshyvanka Run

NEW YORK – Every year since 2015, Ukrainian Running Club New York has celebrated Ukrainian Independence Day with a Vyshyvanka Run. As the name implies, participants must run or walk a certain distance while wearing a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts (vyshyvanka) or a T-shirt made to look like an embroidered shirt.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s Vyshyvanka Run took place virtually. Instead of holding a run in one location, this year Ukrainian Running Club New York took the added pandemic precaution of holding the event in three different locations: Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time Liberty Park in Jersey City, N.J.

Selfreliance FCU holds 70th Annual Meeting, reports strong financial status

CHICAGO – The Selfreliance Federal Credit Union (SFCU) held its 70th Annual Meeting at the organization’s home office in Chicago.  It reported assets exceeding $700 million, a net income of $1.3 million in 2020 and capital approaching $115 million, the SFCU leadership reported during the meeting.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Oleh Karawan called to order the meeting, which was held on August 4 with social distancing and occupancy restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UECC unveils newly renovated Cheremosh Room

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) hosted a preview showing of its newly renovated space, formally known as the Clubroom, which from now on will be known as the Cheremosh Room.

Eleven organizations and 47 individuals were invited to a sneak peek of the room prior to its opening to the general public.  The invitees were a select group of top UECC donors, each having gifted the Center at least $10,000 since its inception in 1980.

Ukrainians in Illinois mark 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with parade and festivities

CHICAGO – The last weekend of August was filled with celebration here as the Ukrainian community marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence.

The festivities began on August 27 with the raising of the Ukrainian flag in Chicago’s Daley Plaza by members of Post 32 of the Ukrainian American Veterans. The flag was raised alongside the flags of the United States and the city of Chicago.

Ukrainian community of Illinois holds ecumenical prayer and gala concert to mark 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Members of the Ukrainian community in Illinois marked the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with a gala concert and an ecumenical prayer on August 28.

The event, held in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, was hosted by St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Bloomingdale, Ill.

Ukrainian community in Binghamton celebrates Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of renewed independence

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Ukrainian community of Binghamton, N.Y., celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence on August 24 with a flag-raising ceremony at Binghamton City Hall.

Since the 1950s, the local branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) in Binghamton N.Y., has organized an annual celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day at the City Hall in Binghamton, N.Y., that includes a flag-raising program.

Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization celebrates its 70th anniversary with golf tournament

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – The Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization (ODUM) celebrated its 70th anniversary over the Labor Day weekend at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.  One of the weekend highlights included a scramble golf tournament held at Crane’s Landing Golf Club in Lincolnshire, Ill. The weather cooperated, allowing members of ODUM and friends to enjoy good times, fellowship and a great day of golf.

Hundreds celebrate Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of renewed independence at Metropolia Center of the UOC-U.S.A.

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – Hundreds gathered at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.) on August 29 for a celebration in honor of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence.

The faithful arrived, many sporting Ukrainian attire, for a hierarchical divine liturgy that was celebrated by Archbishop Daniel, ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC-U.S.A. He earnestly prayed for the abatement of the COVID-19 virus, the recovery of all who have fallen ill and the peaceful repose of those who have succumbed to the illness.

Happy children attend 2021 Heritage Day Camp at Soyuzivka

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – A special treat for each child attending the 2021 Heritage Day Camp (HDC) at Soyuzivka Heritage Center was having his or her own personal “consultation” with a Ukrainian folk-magic shaman: a so-called “molfar.” This summer’s theme was the Karpaty (the Carpathian Mountains) and its many colorful peoples, including Hutsuls, Lemkos and Boikos.