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Artists for Ukraine fundraiser brings in nearly $5,000 in New Westminster

Money from an art show and silent auction is helping Holy Eucharist Cathedral's Ukrainian relief efforts.

A second Artists for Ukraine fundraiser in New Westminster was a resounding success.

New West Artists held an art show and sale, including a silent auction, at the Massey Theatre on April 8 and 9. The end result? $4,725.42 towards the Help Us Help Ukraine fundraising drive being spearheaded by Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.

"Holding the event at the Massey was perfect, because obviously it is large enough to accommodate crowds, and the ease of parking makes it accessible to so many," Julia Schoennagel wrote in an email from the artists' group. "Numerous people attended, and all were impressed by the variety of wares:  paintings, photography, pottery, lanterns, Ukrainian Easter eggs, quilts and textile art, plus all sorts of beautiful piecework."

Theatregoers at the Massey on Saturday evening joined in the fun with some silent auction bids, and art-lovers in attendance for an exhibition opening at the adjacent Plaskett Gallery also stopped in to the Ukraine fundraiser.

Among the guests in attendance was New Westminster MLA Jennifer Whiteside.

"New West Artists is a valued community group doing incredible work to provide ways for local artists to support Ukraine," Whiteside said. "I'm grateful to live in such a compassionate community where people really care for each other."

The artists presented a cheque to Rev. Mykhailo Ozorovych of Holy Eucharist Cathedral.

Previously, a March 26 art fundraiser held at Holy Eucharist brought in $2,550.

How to donate money to Ukrainian relief efforts in New Westminster

There are three ways to donate to the Help Us Help Ukraine fund:

  • Send e-transfers to cathedral.nwe@gmail.com
  • Donate via Facebook
  • Mail a cheque payable to Holy Eucharist Cathedral to 501 Fourth Ave., New Westminster, BC, V3L 1P3

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Email Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca.