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We invite you to join our UCU Community for a traditional, family-friendly evening celebrating our university. Guests are invited to wear their finest Ukrainian embroidery (vyshyvanky) for this unique indoor/outdoor Folk-Gala. 

Perelaz is a symbolic gesture of friendship and tradition. In Ukrainian, Perelaz means to “climb-over,” and in villages throughout Ukraine, neighbors are often invited to cross over the fence to visit with friends. In this spirit, UCU invites you, our neighbors and friends, to cross over our fence and join our UCU community for a festive evening celebrating our university. 

This elegant evening will include delicious fourchette-style Ukrainian cuisine, custom drinks, musical entertainment from Ukraine, a silent auction, panel discussion and a separate, supervised program for children. 

Perelaz also perfectly coincides with Mother’s Day weekend and is a unique and memorable way to celebrate with your entire family. A champagne toast will be raised and individual flowers offered to all mothers at this unique Perelaz event. 

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Our Esteemed Guest:

Archbishop Borys Gudziak giving a speech

Archbishop Borys Gudziak

Metropolitan, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

President, Ukrainian Catholic University

We are pleased to announce our panelists:

Diane Francis

Diane Francis

Journalist, Author, Editor-at-large of the National Post

The Honorable John E. Herbst

The Honorable John E. Herbst

Senior Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Former Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine

The panel will be moderated by:

Melinda Haring

Melinda Haring

Senior Community Engagement Advisor at Razom for Ukraine

Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center

Musical Entertainment:

Yurii Yosyfovych

Yurii Yosyfovych

Singer Yurii Yosyfovych brings a unique twist to Ukrainian folk music with his extraordinary voice, captivating melodies and a touch of electronica. Originally from Lviv, he gives traditional folk songs modern renditions, featuring mesmerizing sound and profound narratives.

Dr. Olena Haviuk-Sheremet and Roman Sheremet

Dr. Olena Haviuk-Sheremet and Roman Sheremet

Olena and Roman are internationally recognized, award-winning musicians and music educators from Lviv, Ukraine. In 2022 they founded the Sheremet School of Talents in Bensalem, PA which offers individual and group musical lessons.

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For questions and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Olha Zarichynska, Donor Relations Manager at 224.258.3545, or at ozarichynska@ucufoundation.org.

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