Many of our friends, knowing I am of Ukrainian descent, have reached out to me over the current situation in Ukraine, and want to help. We are all wondering how best to do that. Like many, we have all been shaken by the attacks on friends and family, and on human lives. We all want to help, but there are so many people and causes, so where does one donate?
Our dear friends in the music community, Christine Havrilla, DJ Sharon, and I spoke about what we could do to help. So we have decided to organize a campaign to raise money from the musicians and music community of Delmarva. We have chosen a charity that is boots on the ground – directly providing aid to Ukrainian refugees, many of whom are children. These are families that have had to separate – leaving fathers, brothers, and uncles behind. Your donation will provide shelter and necessities to the people of Ukraine who have been forced to leave their homes for their safety.
This campaign would like to reach a goal of $5,000 by March 20th. The help they need is urgent.
Our music community is comprised of musicians and lovers of music – very giving people. If you are a musician in Delmarva, please consider starting a fundraising team here, help us raise money from the Delmarva Music Community for Ukraine. You may also choose to share this fundraiser on your pages asking your followers to donate to help the people of Ukraine. If you are financially able, please consider donating any amount, whether it is one dollar or more, your contributions will all add up to make a difference in the lives of many.
This effort is being organized by Frantic Frets, Music Happens Project, Christine Havrilla, and DJ Sharon. We are still a couple of months away from the official launch of our nonprofit organization, but this effort is an example of how the Music Happens Project can unite the music community to help others.
Beginning on Friday, March 4 through Mar. 20, we will be actively raising money to achieve our goal of $5,000 and are looking forward to area musicians joining us. So far on board, we have Al Frantic who has pledged 100% of his tips from solo performances to this fund. On March 10, Christine Havrilla has pledged to perform a virtual fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Ukrainian Refugee fund.
If you love music, are a musician, or a venue that hosts live music, please consider donating to this cause and we will get 100% of the funds received (after credit card processing fees) directly to the Ukrainian Refugee relief fund.
Why we chose this group: Christine’s sister, Angela worked in Ukraine and a couple she met there, former coworkers, are spearheading real humanitarian efforts from the Polish border. With your help, we can directly make a significant contribution to their one small and mighty cause. They are making a huge impact on so many refugees who have been displaced from their homes and have lost everything. Sure, we can donate to a huge organization, but donating to a small, dedicated group of people who have lived in Ukraine, understand the immediate need, have the connections and have the knowledge of how to get the job done will make an immediate difference. Please join us in supporting their mission to help the Ukrainian refugees.
Their cause has already raised nearly $50,000 for Ukrainian refugee support.
Thank you on behalf of our music community and the People of Ukraine.
Mary, Al, Christine, and DJ Sharon