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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

3 Tips to Help with Your Social Event

This blog post provides you with three useful tips to promote your social event.

Tip1. Start with the Prizes     
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Why? Because shopping for prizes can be a fun time for everyone. It can also generate immediate interest in your event as the word spreads about the prizes. Start by having each future bridesmaid and groomsmen to share the costs for each raffle prize/auction basket. It gets things going. Put a cap on the value of prize baskets to stay focused, but make sure you have a variety of themes for your baskets. Do not duplicate  themes for your prize baskets. When it comes to the more expensive grand prize or door prize, let each of the parents buy the bigger prizes for the pre-wedding party.

Tip2. Look for Sales and Donations
For those of you who do not mind waiting until after December 25 to hold your event, you can take advantage of the Boxing Day sales the day after Christmas Day to purchase your raffle prizes. Post-Ukrainian Christmas Day deals can still be found well after January 7 as retailers are still busy clearing their inventory of sale products. Don’t forget to search online for special discounts too.  
Seek donations outside the pre-wedding party to sponsor additional prizes.  Start with your friends. Let them know what you’re looking for but be open to their ideas as well. Then extend your search to local businesses. You or your friends may even know some of them personally. In the case of a charity social, it’s a win-win situation for both parties. You get a free gift and the business gets free advertising for donating a gift to your charitable cause.
However, if you are a pre-wedding social planner looking for local Winnipeg businesses that don’t mind gifting charitable donations towards pre-wedding socials then you should visit the  website.  It not only provides you with an up to date list of the businesses that are ready to give you a free gift, it also provides you with a sample letter to give  these businesses about your upcoming social and request for a charitable donation.  

Tip 3. Advertise Your Event
Start your advertising campaign by word of mouth. It’s worked for thousands of years and it still works today.  Tell everyone about the Five Ws. What will happen? Who is involved? When it will take place? Where it will take place? And Why it’s happening?  Place an ad in your local newspaper. As well, we have a very mobile generation that wants information instantly at the touch of their iPad, iPod or iPhone.  The social media can “tweet” your message out instantly. Send emails, Snapchats, iMessages, Instagrams, and post your message on Facebook, and on your own website if you have one.
Most of all, don’t forget to take advantage of the website to advertise your social event. It has an easy to follow calendar of dates, it’s mobile friendly and it will post your information immediately without logging in. No registration is required.  Best of all, it’s FREE.

Web Author:  Dariya Dyryk-Cap
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Plaque recalls 'Father of the UN genocide convention' Dr. Raphael Lemkin

Plaque recalls 'Father of the UN genocide convention' Dr. Raphael Lemkin
For immediate release (New York City, Ottawa) – Sept. 20, 2018
(sent on behalf of the UCCLF)
On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a permanent plaque recalling the pivotal research the world’s first and foremost legal scholar on genocide did with regards to the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine, was unveiled in New York City.
Spearheaded by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation ( in collaboration with the Ukrainian Institute of America, the initiative was made possible by the generosity of Ukrainian and Jewish donors in both Canada and the United States, and was unveiled 65 years to the day on which Dr. Raphael Lemkin labeled the Famine of 1932-33, now known as the Holodomor, as a “classic example of Soviet genocide.” 
“He was the first to call it what it was,” said UCCLF’s Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, who was on hand to help unveil the commemorative marker.

On Sept. 20, 1953, the “Father of the UN genocide convention” described Ukraine’s genocide succinctly: first, Moscow’s troops wiped out Ukraine’s intelligentsia and clergy via murder and deportation. Many millions in the peasantry then starved to death in the Kremlin-engineered famine. Non-Ukrainians were subsequently resettled into Ukraine from across Russian and the USSR to fill the void left by the millions starved from existence.
“Remembering a man who spoke truth to power is our privilege, especially at a time when a KGB man in the Kremlin and his minions today deny the Holodomor,” said Luciuk.
About 100 people were in attendance, including scholars, members of the diplomatic corps and the American Ukrainian community of New York and the Eastern Seaboard. It is the world’s first simultaneously English-, Ukrainian-, Yiddish- and Hebrew-language plaque. It stands at the Ukrainian Institute, near Central Park, not far from the NYC headquarters of the United Nations.
“I was a newborn when Dr. Lemkin spoke,” said Luciuk, “Now I am older than he was when he died. Yet I know that what happened 85 years ago will not be forgotten, never again, and for that we have thanked a righteous man by the name of Raphael Lemkin.”

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