Dinner and Auction to Bring Clean Water to Ukraine
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Join us on Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm for a
dressy casual dinner & auction near Heber City, Utah.
7:00 pm Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction
8:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Programming Begins, Hosted by Brianne Johnson from Good Things Utah
9:30 pm Live Auction
10:30 pm Event Ends
Author Fiona Givens will spotlight her recent southern Ukraine humanitarian efforts with partner 501(c)(3), forPEACE
Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She graduated from the University of Richmond with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History while co-raising her six children. Fiona was director of the French Language program at Patrick Henry High School, in Ashland, Virginia. Besides education, she has worked in translation services, as a lobbyist, and as communications director for a non-profit for fifteen years. She has published in Exponent II, LDS Living, Journal of Mormon History, Dialogue, Kofford Books and Routledge. She has a forthcoming article with Illinois University Press. Fiona is also a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences. A longtime collaborator in the books of her husband, Terryl Givens, Fiona is the co-author of The God Who Weeps, Crucible of Doubt and The Christ who Heals published by Deseret Book. Fiona and Terryl’s latest book, All Things New, is published by Faith Matters. She and Terryl are the parents of six children and grandparents to a quiver full of grandchildren. Fiona and Terryl currently reside in Midway, Utah.
Veteran Solomon Smith will discuss his work personally delivering supplies to the front lines of Ukraine through his partner charity, Backroads Foundation
Solomon is the father of four young children and a retired combat veteran of Afghanistan. He’s worked in Africa, South American and Asia for ten years protecting diplomats and Americans. He has an Executive MBA from IE University and left his successful career to continue his long-term, unfunded mission to directly aid those suffering from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Alex & Lana Miroschnichenko will share stories of their homeland of Ukraine, as well as their recent arrival in Utah.
Oleksii (Alex) Miroshnichenko and his wife Lana are the parents of four children who have been nurtured with their own brand of creative education (they started three successful kindergartens). He was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1983, about eight years before the breakup of the former Soviet Union. At the age of 14 he began working for a plumbing company and progressed his construction skills over the following years, working summers,
nights and weekends, until he finally launched his own construction company in 2000. He completed a master’s degree in computer technology and sports at Ukraine National Sports and Academics University. Alex was running six diverse and successful businesses in Ukraine at the beginning of the war. He also voluntarily served 13 years as the leader of either his local or regional church groups.
Lana was born twenty miles from the Russian border in in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where her father was serving in the USSR military as a medical doctor. Over the next fourteen years she lived in Siberia, and other challenging locations due to her father’s occupation. After returning to Ukraine and finishing middle school Lana was able to pursue her artistic passion at Art College and Art and Design Academia in Kharkiv. She received her credentials as an art teacher and a later master’s degree in Art and Advertising. She will finish her doctorate as an art critic in December. Lana developed an art focused preschool/kindergarten program that was thriving in Kharkiv before the start of the war.
On February 24th at 5am Alex, Lana and their four children were forced to leave their home in Kharkiv, Ukraine when three rockets landed very near their home, one shook all the pictures off their wall. Wearing pajamas, they piled the kids in their car and drove 30 hours to get to Kremchuk, a trip that would normally take 1 ½ hours. Over the next 5 days they continued to flee to the west of Ukraine, normally a 15-hour journey. Following three months in Hungry and Italy they arrived in Utah on Memorial Day as part of the United with Ukraine humanitarian program.
Raise $75,000 through our Water for Life Charity Gala & Donations
More than six million Ukrainians are in need of clean drinking water. Water supplies are contaminated or destroyed, dramatically increasing the risk of waterborne illnesses. One filtration system provides 150 gallons of bacteria-free water every hour. Funds will immediately go towards water systems and supplies to Ukrainians in need. Help us continue our mission to solve the world’s water crisis, bucket by bucket.