On 13 October 2021, Lviv Oblast State Administration premises were hosting a meeting of the Spearhead Group to organise benefit evenings for the benefactors of the main exhibition of the Holodomor Museum, which is under construction in Kyiv.
The Lviv region was the first Oblast to endorse the Holodomor Museum International Fund’s idea to hold benefit evenings that band together the museum-complex benefactors. The Spearhead Group to prepare the benefit evening in Lviv includes local government officials, Lviv and region entrepreneurs, well-known public and cultural figures.
Maksym Kozytskyi, Chairman of the Lviv Oblast State Administration:
“Starting in May 2021, together with representatives of the Lviv business elite, artists and public opinion leaders, we have been working to prepare a charity benefit evening ‘What Perished Is To Rise Again’ at the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. This event should lay the Fund for the constant financial support to the Holodomor Museum and continue the philanthropy tradition for landmark cultural projects in Ukraine.
The Holodomor Museum construction has been recognised a priority project in Ukraine’s humanitarian policy. I am convinced that all of us will do our best to make creation of the Holodomor Museum exhibition our real shared responsibility.”
According to the Spearhead Group, since May 2021 Lviv and region entrepreneurs have been actively being involved in financing the project to create the Holodomor Museum main exhibition. In particular, Vynnyky Tobacco Factory LLC, Lviv Refrigerating Plant PJSC and entrepreneurs Zinovii Kozytskyi and Ihor Vasiunyk have made their first charitable contributions totalling UAH 1,400,000. Also in 2020 and 2021, the project received significant support from international companies: Ukrainian IT market leader SoftServe and international postal and logistic company Meest.
Ivan Vasiunyk, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Holodomor Museum Fund:
“In 2016, Ukraine returned to construction of phase II of the memorial complex commemorating Holodomor victims, the Holodomor museum itself — this high-status project is being implemented on the basis of public-private partnership. After all, millions of Ukrainians around the world should feel involvement in creation of the Holodomor Museum. We can safely say that the public-private partnership has taken place: since 2017 the State has been respecting its obligations to build the Holodomor Museum premise in full.
I would like to express my special gratitude to the Lviv community, which was the first to support the idea of holding a benefit evening for philanthropists and thus set a unique precedent of unity and partnership.”
Outcome of the Spearhead Group’s work was a decision made to prepare a Public Call to entrepreneurs, local government executives, cultural figures and educational and public institutions of Lviv and region to support the Holodomor Museum’s main exhibition.