Central Oregonians’ efforts to help the Ukrainian people find strong support
(Update: Added video, updates on other Ukraine fundraisers we recently reported on)
BEND, Ore (KTVZ) — Along with several other central Oregon businesses and individuals, the Sisters Movie House is showing its support for Ukraine with a fundraiser, in this case by hosting a movie screening.
On Tuesday, the Sisters Movie House joined the effort by launching a “Stand With Ukraine” event, where it will screen a Ukrainian film called “The Guide.”
All proceeds from purchased tickets will go to Ukrainian relief.
Theater co-owner Drew Kaza said Wednesday he was getting immediate answers.
“I think the Sisters people in particular, but I think all of central Oregon are very concerned about what’s going on in Ukraine,” Kaza said. I see that in our business, I see that in our church, and it’s just an easy way for people to do something tangible.
It is also an opportunity to learn more about the country’s history.
But however the community can show their support, Kaza encourages it.
“I tell people, if you want to help in Ukraine, buy tickets for the film and come see it, or not.”
You can go to standwithukrainethroughfilm.org website to find out exactly where the money is going.
For more information on timetables, you can visit: https://www.sistersmoviehouse.com/component/k2/item/368-torn
Along with Kaza’s efforts, other Central Oregonians like Evygenia Eager, a Russian-Ukrainian living in Bend, said her bakery fundraiser quickly became popular.
The number of orders she expected to receive over the weeks she got in just three days.
“I took 32 orders,” Eager said of the fundraiser, which ended on Sunday.
Sasha Spektor, a Ukrainian-American living in Bend, has raised $17,000 to support the people of Ukraine, including her family members who are seeking safety and in need of resources. She looks forward to continued support.
Thad Lodge, owner of Marcello’s Cucina Italiana in Sunriver, raised more than $23,000 hosting a special dinner, with 100% of the proceeds also going to support Ukraine.
Heather McCorkle, an author from Redmond, also helped raise money through a book auction for a relief fund last week.
“It’s not just your country, it’s not just US government aid,” Eager said. “It’s actually real people helping real people there.”