HelpingUkraine.US Named Beneficiary of Upcoming Mary & Martha’s Place Fundraising Event

Local Atlanta non-profit organization HelpingUkraine.US, founded by Emory Morsberger, has raised over $400k in donations for desperately-need medical supplies, food, and equipment for the refugees in Ukraine since its launch in June of this year. Because of the urgent need, Mary & Martha’s place chose this organization to feature with a concert of Ukrainian music at their annual event.

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration Fundraiser

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 4:30 – 7:30PM

Venue: Mary and Martha’s Place
4393 Garmon Road NW, Atlanta GA 30327

Ticket Donation: $35

4:30-5:30 Refreshments & A Little Market
5:30-6:30 Winter Solstice Celebration
6:30-7:30 Market, Mingling & Noshing continue!

Featuring seasonal gifts, books, and art – cider, wine & light refreshments – live music – poetry – candlelit ceremony and a performance by Olena Kovban, playing the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian stringed instrument.

Mary & Martha’s Place Annual Winter Solstice Fundraiser

Olena Kovban is originally from Poltava, Ukraine. Although she has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, music was always a part of her life. She studied bandura for 8 years at the Poltava Art Academy, and since she moved to the USA with her husband in 2013, she became active in Atlanta’s social life as a performer and a community organizer. From the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, promoting Ukrainian culture and fundraising became Olena’s priorities. She organized and participated in several charity concerts and fundraisers to support Ukraine.
Indian-born artist Smitha Byluri has donated 30 original paintings that will be on sale at the market with 100% of the proceeds going to HelpingUkraine.us.

“I would like to give these to people who are suffering today in Ukraine. I see it every day, people losing their loved ones, going through a very hard battle, just trying to live a regular, normal life. I have been there where even the next day is a question like, will I make it the next day? It is a hope that the war is going to end, the people are going to heal, and it’s going to return to the beautiful country it used to be.”