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The Ukraine Ballet Benefit affirms the power of art and beauty over tyranny and destruction. Experience the culture of Ukraine through their national artists while supporting Ukrainians in need. This live professionally filmed event was performed by the world-renown National Ballet of Ukraine from the Taras Shevchenko National Opera House in the prestigious Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, Florida USA on August 27, 2022. The performance was given the endorsement of the Ukrainian government. 100% of your donation goes directly to trusted charities providing humanitarian assistance and emergency medical aid to Ukrainian citizens, refugees, and veteran services. Gather your friends and family for a watch party around your smart TV or online device through our YouTube channel to stand in solidarity and celebrate the rich culture of the Ukrainian people.
Premier & Lead Sponsors
The National Ballet of Ukraine
Comprised of 150 dancers, the National Ballet of Ukraine is considered one of the top ranked ballet companies in the world. Prior to the outbreak of war in February 2022, the company staged 16 productions every month at the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine in Kyiv. Following Ukrainian independence in 1991, the National Ballet of Ukraine began extensive international touring, performing across North America, Europe and Asia. Choreographer Anatoly Shekera directed the company from 1992 to 2000 and was a driving force behind bringing it to international prominence. The Kyiv State Ballet College within the Taras Shevchenko National Opera House produces some of the most respected ballet talent for the world stage. Agrippina Voganova, inventor of the legendary Voganova ballet method, worked and taught at the Kyiv State Ballet College.
Ukrainian Dancers from the National Ballet of Ukraine:
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2022-2023, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and is comprised of creative musicians and artists from around the world. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center, the Philharmonic performs in the new Steinmetz Hall and partners with many organizations across Central Florida. This performance will be conducted by Maestro Sergii Golubnychyi.
Stand With Ukraine
Ukrainians are a resilient people who have faced extreme hardship over the last century surviving Stalin’s starvation period (1932-33: killing 4 million Ukrainians) and WWII (1941-45: killing 6 million Ukrainians). In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Ukrainian people voted overwhelmingly to become a sovereign and independent nation. In the intervening decades, Ukraine began a transition to a market economy and pro-western democratic government focused on development and human rights, edging further away from Russian domination to a more self-determined future. Following Russia’s violent annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine declared themselves independent and launched a bloody struggle against the Kyiv-based central government, displacing thousands of civilians and inflaming tensions in the region.
You may donate online to join our effort to support the Ukrainian people in their time of immense struggle. Donations are still being accepted through the donate button below.
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Funds will be collected and distributed by the Ginsburg Family Foundation (501c3) with equal distribution to the three charities below providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian citizens, refugees, and veteran services. A year end public report will be provided by the Ginsburg Family Foundation on how funds were distributed and used to help the Ukrainian people.
On September 22, Olena Zelenska presented her Foundation during a charity evening in New York during the 77th UN General Assembly. The Foundation's primary goal is to restore Ukraine's human capital so that every Ukrainian feels physically and mentally healthy, protected, and able to exercise their right to education, work, and build a future in Ukraine. The Foundation has three key directions: medicine, education and humanitarian aid. Within these areas, it will provide targeted assistance, invest in reconstructing preschool and school education institutions, polyclinics and outpatient clinics, and provide grants for training and scientific developments.
“I want to use my resources and international connections to attract foreign investments to restore and improve people's lives in Ukraine. For I believe that the restoration of the whole country begins with an individual. We have all changed and hardened in recent times. We have realized that the efforts and help from each of us matter. Just like every individual matters. Since it is an individual that is the main value in Ukraine. So, my Foundation is about people and for people.” – First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska
Razom means “together” in Ukrainian. Razom creates spaces where people meet, partner and work together to unlock the potential of Ukraine. They maintain a relentless focus on the needs on the ground to support Ukraine. Over the past eight years, several Razom projects focused on supporting the reintegration of veterans into the workforce and civilian life.
Razom for Ukraine responded to the invasion by reopening the Razom Emergency Response Fund. Every day, they now provide critical humanitarian war relief, procuring and delivering TacMed and other medical supplies including 300,000 tourniquets. Each week, their drivers deliver thousands of high-quality individual medical/trauma kits to the front lines and dozens of pieces of critical equipment that saves the lives of wounded soldiers and civilians in hospitals. They also partner with The Ukrainian Veterans’ Foundation, which provides qualified crisis support to veterans and their relatives, family members of the fallen, captives, and missing persons. Their work with the veteran community will continue for many years as they work together to build a more prosperous Ukraine.
UNICEF supports children and families in 190 countries and territories through programs in child protection, survival education and emergency relief in support of their mission to develop, deploy, and scale humanitarian outreach across communities where needs are greatest.
In Ukraine, teams focus on protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse, as well as providing as health care, nutrition, education support and access to clean water. UNICEF also works on the ground in neighboring countries to ensure that Ukrainian children uprooted by the war have the support they need to recover from trauma, both physical and psychological. Since February, UNICEF has distributed medical supplies to over 3.2 million Ukrainians, and more than 36,000 women and children have been supported by gender-based violence prevention, risk mitigation and response services.