“I hope this is going to help them:” Realty group hosts Ukraine relief fundraiser


FENWICK ISLAND, Del. – “I think we’re going to have a huge fundraising, a lot bigger than we expected,” Keller Williams Realty’s Jennifer Smith said.

Fenwick Island got a splash of blue and yellow for a good cause, as Keller Williams Realty hosted a fundraiser at Harpoon Hanna’s helping the victims of the invasion of Ukraine.

“Since we have so many Ukrainians come to our beach and our town over the years and been such a big part of our community, it makes it a little bit more closer to our hearts and important to do this for them,” Smith said.

“And when you see people in just horrible situations and what they’re experiencing, what they’re going through, and their courage and their strength you just want to reach out and help them,” Father John Klevence said.

The event included a raffle and silent auction, featuring items like Ukrainian artwork and gift certificates to local eateries. All proceeds will go to United Help Ukraine. Some Ukrainian natives we spoke with say donations big or small can and will go a long way.

“They really appreciate the support of people around the world but especially my parents. They would appreciate something like this for sure,” Ukraine Native Ina Kotwica said.

Another Ukraine native and Harpoon Hanna’s worker tells us this support means the world to her as she currently still has family in Ukraine.

“My father and my brother are in the military, so they’re at the war right now. They’re at the war zone. Our military needs the uniforms, the weapons, and I hope this is going to help them,” Ukraine Native Kryna Chernyavsk said.

“It’s frightening. Every day you wake up and look at your phone in hopes that everything will be okay,” Kotwica said.

Organizers say events like this prove no matter how far away you are, your helping hand will reach as far as you extend it. “As we people are not strangers, they’re just friends we haven’t met yet,” Father Klevence said.

“It’s going to be a really good day. I hope this money, all this money helps somebody,” Chernyavsk said.

The Director of Ocean City United Works and Traveling says they’re continuing to bring J1 students to the area but this year’s number will be lower than usual at 900 students. She adds those 900 students will be 1800 jobs for the resort town.

For those who didn’t make it out to that event but want to lend a helping hand, click here

Harpoon Hanna’s also donated¬† 20% of food and beverage sales during the event to United Help Ukraine.

Categories: Delaware, Local News, National/World, Ukraine Impact