Chicago’s Ukrainian festival, Uketoberfest, aims to fundraise to help humanitarian effort amid Ukraine war

Chicago’s Ukrainian festival, Uketoberfest, aims to fundraise to help humanitarian effort amid Ukraine war

CHICAGO (TOC) — It has been three years since Chicago’s St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church has been capable of maintain its annual celebration of all issues Ukrainian.

Dubbed “Uketoberfest,” the two-day pageant brings collectively the perfect of Ukrainian arts and crafts, meals and music.

Up to now, the pageant has served as a fundraiser for the Parish. However not this yr, not with a conflict raging in Ukraine.

“It is affecting us each day. There’s all the time somebody who has household, I’d say 95% of the parish have their relations instantly affected by the conflict,” stated Father Mykola Buryadnyk, with St Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church.

To that finish, all the proceeds gathered on the occasion can be going to assist the humanitarian effort in Ukraine, with numerous the help directed in direction of wounded troopers.

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Additionally targeted on serving to the conflict effort is Assist Heroes of Ukraine, a Carol Stream-based non-profit that sends Ukrainian fighters on a regular basis gadgets to assist maintain them.

“Bulletproof vests, bulletproof helmets, tourniquets — one thing to avoid wasting lives,” stated David Bovik, a volunteer with Assist Heroes of Ukraine.

It’s an effort that’s appreciated by these right here.

Among the many 10,000 individuals anticipated to attend the pageant this weekend are refugees, like 25-year-old medical scholar Sofeya Beskrovna. She left Ukraine alongside along with her mom final month and is now residing briefly with a cousin in Chicago.

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“All in the course of the day, all in the course of the evening, we hear the alarm, , and we simply ready if bomb is coming or not,” Beskrovna recalled.

The 2-day pageant continues Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm.

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