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Two Finger Lakes businesses raise over $47K for Ukraine relief

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport and Staving Artist Woodwork in Penn Yan both donated some of their total sales to organizations aiding relief efforts in Ukraine.

The philanthropic effort comes amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in late February 2022.

For the Frank family, the current event is personal: Dr. Konstantin Frank, the winery’s founder, emigrated from Ukraine to the United States as a refugee during World War II, according to The Chronicle Express. The winery donated half of their total web and in-person sales for the weekend of March 4 – 6 to World Central Kitchen. The donation came to $41,814 in total.

Rachel Orlyk, who co-owns Staving Artist Woodwork with her husband Dan Mitchell, also has ancestral roots in Ukraine. To honor these roots amid the current crisis, Orlyk launched a “Peace Sign Donation” campaign. She ended up selling 86 signs and donating $5,760 in total split three ways to Direct Relief, World Central Kitchen, and Razom Ukraine.