Metropolitan and Archbishop Attend Gift of Life Charity Ball

Metropolitan Stephan with Ukraininan Gift of Life members
Our Primate, Metropolitan Stephan with proud members of the Ukrainian community attending the banquet.

NEW YORK: His Beatitude, Metropolitan Stephan and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael were guests at the "Gift of Life 26th. Annual Charity Banquet" held at the New York City Marriott Marquis Hotel on Saturday, April 22, 2001. "Gift of Life" is a charitable program sponsored by the Rotary Club International, which brings children from underprivileged countries to the United States for seriously needed heart operations. Among the hundreds of children sponsored to date, many have come from all regions of Ukraine to the New York City area for operations that have saved their lives.

The "Ukrainian Gift of Life" segment of the worldwide program is led by Mr. Harold H. Bochonko, president, Mr. Peter Oleschuk and Mr. Keith Senko, among many other dedicated Ukrainian-Americans.

During the banquet, Mrs. Barbara Sinatra was recognized with an award from "Gift of Life" for her dedicated work on behalf of needy children. Also present was actor Chad Everett and other celebrities and dignitaries.

His Beatitude and His Eminence were the guests of the Ukrainian American Freedom Foundation for this annual "Gift of Life" event.

Archbishop Michael with actor, Chad Everett
Archbishop Michael with actor, Chad Everett

His Beatitude and Mr. Everett with the child Sasha, one of the "Gift of Life" Children.

More information on "Gift of Life" can be obtained by calling the office of Mr. Bochonko, president of "Ukrainian Gift of Life" at 718 786-7541.

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