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Summary of “Together for Others” Charity Gala for Ukrainian Children

Washington, D.C. recently witnessed a remarkable gathering of the global community at the Embassy of the Czech Republic for the inaugural “Together for Others” charity gala, aimed at supporting Ukrainian children affected by the ongoing conflict. The event was co-sponsored by the Azar Foundation for Children of the World and featured a series of impactful moments, including cultural performances and heartfelt speeches.

The evening commenced with a stirring Ukrainian dance performed by the young talents from the DC Music Academy School of Ukrainian Dance. Numerous ambassadors and deputy chiefs of mission were in attendance, including the ambassadors from Bulgaria, Switzerland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, and Romania, all expressing their strong support for the cause. Ambassador (Ret.) Reka Szemerkenyi, the founder of Together for Others, expressed deep gratitude towards these dignitaries for their unwavering support of Ukraine.

The event also highlighted the partnership with Science 4 People, led by Nobel Laureate Ferenc Krausz. Dr. Krausz delivered a presentation detailing the significant work his organization has been doing among Ukrainian children, showcasing their efforts to leverage scientific education as a tool for empowerment and recovery.

The atmosphere was further enriched by Shahin Mafi of the Azar Foundation, who recited the moving poem “Bani Adam” by Saadi Shirazi, emphasizing the interconnectedness of human suffering. Highlights of the gala included a performance by Desmond Child, an American singer-songwriter, who captivated the audience with songs that illustrated the healing power of music. Additionally, the audience was deeply moved by the testimony of Yeva Skalietska, a 14-year-old Ukrainian survivor, who shared her harrowing experiences of the war and her book, “You Don’t Know What War Is.”

The event concluded with a successful fundraising auction, signaling a strong community pledge to continue support for the Ukrainian children through the Together for Others foundation. Prominent figures, including Jan Du Plain and Elizabeth Torres, shared messages of congratulations and support, underscoring the event’s success in rallying global solidarity for the cause.

The gala not only raised funds but also awareness, promising ongoing support and resources for children enduring the hardships of war.

Endorsing Message of Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Ferenc Krausz


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Guest Appearance by Yeva Skalietska

Yeva Skalietska will be a featured guest at our upcoming Together for Others Fundraising Gala Dinner on April 26, 2024.

Yeva was a young 12-year-old girl when Russia attacked her country, forcing her to flee her town. She diligently maintained a diary, detailing her experiences of fleeing the war in Ukraine. Her presentation offers a gripping, urgent, and poignant insight into the realities of war. Her diary has been published in an inspiring book titled “You Don’t Know What War Is.” She now resides in Dublin, Ireland, where she has made new friends and tried Irish dancing, yet she always misses her home.

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