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On Sunday, February 8th friends and family of the AUYA Chicago branch and the Ukrainian-American community gathered for the branch’s annual Christmas luncheon. Guests and their families celebrated with traditional Ukrainian fares such as varenyky, borscht and holubtsi, which were enjoyed by all. Guests were also treated to a Christmas play from the branch’s youth as well as several Ukrainian Christmas carols from the AUYA Choir. The event also featured a Sviatochne Slovo, read by Podruha Oleksandra Gorodiska, an AUYA Chicago branch member. The program also featured several guest speakers from Chicago’s Ukrainian-American community, who graciously donated to the AUYA Chicago branch, along with awards for the AUYA choir and director, Walter Popowycz. Hosting the event was Podruha Olha Tymouch, a journalism student at Northwestern University and AUYA Chicago member.

~ Druh Dan Diaczun