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La Goulue Palm Beach Hosts Fundraiser for Ukraine Resistance Organisation

La Goulue Palm Beach recently held a reception supporting the Ukraine Resistance Organisation (URO), an on-the-ground organization based in Kyiv created by Aleksey Brynzak and Ireesha Blohina. La Goulue Operating Partners Ed Carter, Kevin Richards and Janna Bullock hosted the fundraiser after Richards returned from the Kyiv warzone to visit Brynzak and Blohina, who created URO the day Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with 100,000 Russian troops.

During the reception, Richards spoke on his experience in Kyiv, while Brynzak and Blohina shared personal stories via satellite feed from their home in Kyiv of what life is like now in Ukraine while bombs erupted in the background. More than $20,000 was raised that will go directly to the families in Kyiv.

Among the 100 guests in attendance were Ramona Singer, Karen Klop, Lauren Day Roberts, Art and Mara Benjamin, Whitney Bloom, Kim Hierston, Jean Shafiroff, Michele Rella, Brett Orlove, Dina Fink, Camilla Webster, Robin Azqueta, Bobbie Lindsey, Brad and Lauren Torres, Dara Sowell, Dayna Hardin and Ron Burkhardt. 

Richards spent close to a month in Kyiv photographing, reporting and volunteering. His photographs from the battlezones and war life in Kyiv and Lviv were exhibited at the event, with proceeds from sales being donated to URO. La Goulue Palm Beach underwrote the reception.

URO has worked to raise funds to support the front lines and humanitarian efforts during the war. Blohina is a Ukrainian Olympic coach in Rhythmic Gymnastics with strong ties to the Ukrainian government, military and sports worlds in Ukraine.  

“This is our country, our city, our family. Like so many of you, I am a mother of two beautiful children,” she says. “We will not be pushed out. We are not leaving.”

Donations to the Ukraine Resistance Organisation (URO) can be made here: https://taplink.cc/ukraineresistanceorganisation

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.