It should go without saying that organizing and running large-scale fundraising events and gala celebrations for our community organizations is a challenge even in the best of times. But to hold these events virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a feat that deserves recognition and our kudos.
There are several recent examples that readily come to mind, although there are many more that deserve to be mentioned.
On December 6 the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America held a gala celebration to mark the organization’s 95th anniversary. That event raised more than $36,000, and UNWLA officials estimate that more than 1,200 people joined the live video feed from across North America to watch the festivities, which were “a celebration of the generations of unique Ukrainia-American women who, quietly and without much fanfare, have accomplished so much over the decades.”