Open Forum: Thank you for supporting Help for Ukraine | Winchester Star


The community support for the Help for Ukraine fundraiser turned out to be above all of our expectations! In two days, we raised $6,126 in cash and online. All donations went directly to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Words simply cannot express our gratitude to the community, all of the individual donors, sponsors and volunteers.

Special thanks to Kathy and Katie Freeland, Sharon Henshaw, Becky Rockwell, Peg Pangle, Donna Dailey, Steve Jennings, Toni O’Connor, Shari and Bruce Harman, Rose Lane, Monique Campbell, Rev. Keiko Foster and Rev. Dr Rhonda VanDyke of Market Street Methodist Church, Kristen Laise, Executive Director of Belle Grove Plantation, Kelynn Powel, Belle Grove Museum Shop Manager, Maggie and Mike Frasor of Sylvan Treasures, Elaine Evans, Mary Railly, Kathy Bird and Lee Catlett of the Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America.

Special thanks go to the teachers and students of the Handley High School Interact Club, who worked tirelessly with us to raise funds for the relief effort: Laurie Gaynor, Nadine J-Hamm, Sarina Parikh, Josiah Carter, Gracie Flowers , Meredith Lineweaver, Laura Salley, Molly Lee. We can’t thank enough Julia Kogut, the leader and advisor of the Interact club.

Our sincere thanks must go to Cynthia Cather Burton and Mickey Powell of The Winchester Star for their invaluable help and support.

We would like to thank all our families, friends and friends of our friends for the exceptional role they played in the event: Anastasiya Byers, Natalia Chistyukhina, Shelley-Nichols Franklin, Jennifer Funkhouser, Peter Poliakov, Anna and Tanya Saunders, Ellyn Warren, Jeff, Sophia and Alek Swift, Barbara Wise and many more.

A big shout out to our Club Collage members: Jane Funkhouse, Maureen Keeler, Nina Vassallo, Krtistin Zimet. There’s nothing we can’t do when we put our heads and hearts together.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart because without you this would not have happened.

Irina Galounina and Angelika Swift are members of Club Collage.

Melvin B. Baillie