Fairfield to host a major fundraiser to support Ukraine

Fairfield will be hosting a fundraiser Friday at the Sacred Heart Community Theater. Through performances, first-hand accounts and a large auction, the town aims to raise $100,000 for Ukraine.
The town first connected with its Ukrainian sister city, Kostiantynivka, in May. Now with the sister city turned into a war zone, Fairfield is stepping up to help.
Organizers said they hope they can raise enough for a crane and armored vans.
Ukrainian-born Fairfield residents Yuliya Pikhodnya and Katya Wauchope have watched from abroad as their homeland, including the city of Kostiantynivka, is bombarded by Russian attacks.
“Every morning, I write them a note. I say, ‘How are you?’ It’s kind of just to check in that they are still breathing,” said Pikhodnya.
They’re emphasizing how the war has affected their families and friends back home.
"It really hits home for me in a way that I never thought I would have to contend with," said Wauchope.
Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick says over 40 businesses have donated silent auction items.
“What would we do, and what would we want? We’d want others to step up to help us, and that’s who we are. That’s who Americans are,” said Kupchick.
Amid the horrors of war, organizers said the event is a showcase of the life citizens used to live.
Pikhodnya said, “until the aggression against democratic countries, that are especially smaller than ours, are over, I think we should all feel like Ukrainians.”
Organizers say the community support makes a stand against terror.