Glen Greenberg wanted to help. After all, it was hard for any feeling person to witness the people of Ukraine suffering horribly, their country devastated and in ruin as a result of the brutal attack by Russian forces.
“I had been thinking about what I could do, short of getting on a plane and going over there,” explains Glen, who lives in Guilford and is a Board member of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. “Then my friend Dave Hartman came to me and said, ‘Listen, why don't we do a fundraiser here at The Owl Shop.’ It was the perfect idea, so we brought in our friend Tim Cabral, who owns the bar called Ordinary around the corner.”
And the rest is history. Or, in this case, a fundraiser for the World Central Kitchen (WCK), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding those in need.
Sponsored by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the WCK fundraiser will be held Monday, May 16, 6–8 p.m. at The Owl Shop, a New Haven cigar lounge located at 268 College St. in downtown New Haven, owned and operated by Glen. For a $50 donation, guests will be treated to a complimentary cocktail (courtesy Ordinary), cigar (courtesy The Owl Shop), whiskey tasting (courtesy Slouch & Sons), bagel sandwiches (courtesy Olmo), and Ukrainian Apple Cake (courtesy Claire’s Corner Copia). The evening will also include a silent auction and raffle.
Why the World Central Kitchen? Since the start of the Russian invasion into Ukraine, the WCK has served more than 15.6 million meals to Ukrainians in need, including those still in Ukraine and those living in shelters at border crossings. Their efforts have been a lifeline for families who have been forced to flee their homes.
Donations are needed now more than ever, says Glen.
“The World Central Kitchen had a location in Ukraine, and they were bombed a couple of weeks ago. Their supplies are destroyed,” he reports. “So we put together this fundraiser and we're hoping to raise somewhere around $10,000—hopefully more. But whatever we can do is more than they had yesterday.”
If you can’t stop by The Owl Shop, says Glen, you can still donate by visiting wck.org/ukraine-donate. Donations should be earmarked for the “WCK Ukrainian Effort.” In-kind donations may be arrainged through the Owl Shop, (203) 624-2350.