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$5K Raised for Ukraine Relief by Addison Arts Center; Closing Reception 6/17/22 Still Time to Give!

Artists Tania Blanco (L)) poses with Jennifer Hereth who together created this exhibit: UKRAINE CRISIS: The World is on the Move. Scroll down to learn how you can still donate to the cause.

CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, June 17, 2022, 1 - 4 pm

LOCATION: The Addison Center for the Arts

213 N. Lombard Road, Door #4

Addison, IL 60101

EXHIBIT CLOSES: June 18, 2022

For information contact: 630-458-4500



Everyone who was unable to attend the Ukrainian refugee fundraiser on May 21 are welcome join us for the closing reception on Friday, June 17 from 1 to 4 pm. Tania Blanco will be on hand to chat about the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee's current refugee activities as well as the current conditions within Ukraine. Blanco has brought a few more works of art to sell with all proceeds going to UUARC. The Addison Center for the Arts and artists/activists Tania Blanco and Jennifer Hereth thank everyone who contributed to Ukraine Crisis: The World is on the Move. The artists have raised over $5,000 to date from the sale of their artwork and generous cash donations. The proceeds of the fundraiser are being sent to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee a 501(C)3 organization that has been helping Ukrainian refugees for decades. The UUARC is the organization that helped Blanco’s family emigrate to the US from Ukraine when she was a child. She is living proof of the effectiveness of the UUARC at shepherding displaced families.

Although extremely busy, Motria Bojko Watters of the UUARC spoke briefly with Tania Blanco and expressed gratitude for what Blanco and Hereth accomplished with this fundraiser. For Ukrainians seeking refuge in the US, the UUARC provides $1,000 for each refugee family. They have also purchased three ambulances to help those wounded in Ukraine. Other funds have gone to medical supplies like tourniquets to help the displaced and injured citizens of Ukraine.

You too can still join the ACA, Tania Blanco and Jennifer Hereth in helping Ukrainian refugees. The Addison Center for the Arts will continue accepting donations through June 18, 2022. Almost all of the art that was on display for the reception/rally on May 21, 2022 was sold out; however, the artists made a few more original artworks, art cards, and prints available for purchase by donation at the ACA.

Professional artist/activist Jennifer Hereth, has a framed print of “Refugee the Cat” available for a $250 donation. The real “Refugee the Cat” is the beloved family cat of a Ukrainian refugee family who longs to be reunited with them. Refugee is currently being cared for by Hereth’s Ukrainian publisher in war-torn Kyiv.

ACA President, Mark Turk says,

“The ACA Board felt it was important to waive our usual commission from this benefit art show so that the artists could donate 100% of proceeds to refugee relief. We thank everyone who came out and donated.”

If you still can't make the closing reception or exhibit, here is how you can join us in helping Ukrainian refugees through June 18, 2022:

Send a check made out to:

United Ukrainian American Relief Committee

℅ The Addison Center for the Arts

213 N. Lombard Road, Door #4

Addison, IL 60101


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