On Sunday, April 4, 2022, Philadelphia hosted a unique event that brought together the various national communities that inhabit the city. Artists of Georgian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Polish, Jewish, and German origin have united in the cultural and educational charity project "We Sing for Ukraine". The action, organized by the David Gvinianidze Cultural and Art Center, was aimed at supporting the Ukrainian people during Russia's military aggression.
The concert program brought together fans of both classical and Ukrainian folk music. The participants of the action performed modern popular works by Ukrainian composers and singers performed by masters of vocal art, who have been representing Ukraine and Georgia in the United States of America with a cultural mission for over ten years.
The charity concert was attended by distinguished guests and philanthropists, including a representative of the Philadelphia administration David Oh, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Philadelphia Irina Mazur, candidate for senator of the 5th District Sam Orapeza, Bishop Luke of Philadelphia, head of the St. Nicholas Cathedral- Tom Hanney.
Before the concert, Bishop Luke of Philadelphia conveyed greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Philaret and thanked him for his active participation in the struggle against the modern empire of evil. In unison with those present, Bishop Luke said a prayer, asking the Almighty to help Ukraine.
Each of the guests called for a speedy settlement of the military conflict and the restoration of peace throughout Ukraine. Those present often repeated their wishes for a peaceful sky, health, and victory for the Ukrainian people in this war.
The guests and those present expressed deep gratitude for the financial and humanitarian assistance to the American President, the Government, and Congress. Some words of gratitude were addressed to City Council Councilman David Oh, who promised increased assistance in preparing and promoting a program to support Ukrainians in Philadelphia.
The art project was conducted in a friendly, family atmosphere, in the unity of fraternal peoples who help to protect democratic values and restore peaceful life in Georgian and Ukrainian cities. Attendees also actively participated in the performance of Ukrainian folk songs and were sincerely thanked for the generous treats.
Funds raised at the concert by David Gvinianidze were donated to support the victims of the war in Ukraine to Bishop Luke of Philadelphia and members of the Patriarchal Council of the Vicariate UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate in the United States and Canada Thomas Hanney, president, and Susan Guz, treasurer.
The next day after the charity event, Ms. Susan and volunteers sent 26 boxes of baby food, diapers, medicine, and clothes to the Kyiv Patriarchate (Kyiv).