ACTION UKRAINE REPORT (AUR), Number 957
An International Newsletter, The Latest, Up-To-Date, In-Depth Ukrainian News, Analysis and Commentary

Ukrainian History, Culture, Arts, Business, Religion, Economics, Sports, Government, and Politics, in Ukraine and Around the World

ALERT: UKRAINE'S FIRST VICE PRIME MINISTER KLYUYEV & MINISTER OF FINANCE YAROSHNENO TO ATTEND GALA EVENTS

The First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Andriy Klyuyev, confirmed to Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, SigmaBleyzer and President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), in a private meeting in Kyiv last Friday that the Finance Minister of Ukraine, Fedir Yaroshenko, and the FVPM (Andriy Klyuyev) will attend the Gala Celebration honoring the People of Ukraine on the 20th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

FVPM Andriy Klyuyev and Finance Minister Fedir Yaroshenko will attend the VIP Reception and the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. They may attend additional events. FVPM Andriy Klyuyev and Minister of Finance Fedor Yaroshenko are two of the highest ranking officials in the government of Ukraine. More details to follow as they develop.

The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) on behalf of the entire organizing committee urge you to buy your tickets today.

GALA CELEBRATION HONORING THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE ON DECEMBER 1, 1991

YOU ARE INVITED TO HONOR, CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY RUSLANA
People’s Artist of Ukraine; Eurovision 2004 Winner; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Debut of two songs from upcoming musical “DYNAMO: A TRUE MUSICAL” by Paul Thorson “Land of Beautiful Women” & “Kyiv” (http://ruslana.ua/en/)

GALA PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Thursday, December 1, 2011, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Day of Ukraine in Washington, D.C. declared by Vincent C. Grey, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - REGISTRATION, PALLADIAN FOYER, OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL

9:00 AM -12:00 NOON - BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE: RECOGNIZING THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN UKRAINE'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & COMPETITIVENESS
Presentation by Oleksandr Popov, Head of the Kyiv State Administration, "Economic Development of City of Kyiv"
Panel discussions on key business issues with representatives of TNK-BP, Winner, SCM, Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper, Mary Kay, Louis Dreyfus, SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Firm, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and others corporate representatives
Panel discussions on energy, retail & consmer sector, agribusiness development
Moderated by Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Executive Director, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; First U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
(Tickets are on sale for the Business Leadership Roundtable & CSR Luncheon for $125.00, see information below)

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) AWARDS LUNCHEON: HONORING BEST PRACTICES ADDRESSING SOCIAL CHALLENGES IN UKRAINE
Presentation by Oleksandr Popov, Head of the Kyiv State Administration;
Keynote Speaker Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
CSR presentation by Maryna Saprykina, CSR Center of Ukraine and CSR Best Practices Presentation/Awards
Moderated by Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Wash, D.C., SigmaBleyzer; President, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council
(Tickets are on sale for the Business Leadership Roundtable & CSR Luncheon for $125.00, see information below)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - GALA REGISTRATION, MAIN FOYER

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - GALA RECEPTION & "TIES TO UKRAINE" SILENT AUCTION HELPING WOMEN & CHILDREN AT RISK TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(Reception is open to all holders of tickets for the Awards Dinner & Gala Entertainment program, tickets are on sale for $175.00 each or $325 per couple, buy yours today!)

6:00 PM -7:00 PM - PATRONS RECEPTION, BIRD CAGE ROOM (by invitation only)

7:00 PM - AWARDS DINNER & GALA ENTERTAINMENT U.S.-UKRAINE GALA PROGRAM - OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL
Recognition of Presidential Contributions Supporting Ukraine's Democratic Choice: President George H. W. Bush; President Leonid M. Kravchuk; President Aleksandr Kwasniewski

Speakers & Special Guests: Andriy Klyuyev, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine; Fedir Yaroshenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine.
William J. Burns, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State; Ivan Drach, Founder & First Head of Rukh; General Brent Scowcroft, President, The Scowcroft Group; Oleksandr Popov, Head of the Kyiv State Administration; Olexander Motsyk Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA; Mykhailo Reznik, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA; Members, U.S. House of Representatives, former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine and other special guests.

FEATURING A SPECIAL GALA ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE BY RUSLANA
http://ruslana.ua/en/
People’s Artist of Ukraine; Eurovision 2004 Winner; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Tickets are on sale for Awards Dinner and Gala Entertainment program for $175.00 each or $325 per couple.

FOR TICKET PURCHASES GO TO: http://usukrainegala.org/tickets

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY TO THE GALA EVENTS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011!!
GALA WEBSITE: http://www.usukrainegala.org

A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SPONSORS FOR THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE GALA EVENTS WHICH INCLUDE:

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
President George H. W. Bush; President Leonid M, Kravchuk; Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.; John F. Tefft, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
Roman Popadiuk, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (1992-1993); Mykhailo Reznik, Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. (2003-2005);
Nadia K. McConnell, President, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF); Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer; President, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)

ORGANIZATIONAL HOST COMMITTEE
Embassy of Ukraine to the USA; Center for U.S. Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR); International Republican Institute (IRI); National Democratic Institute (NDI);
The Washington Group (TWG); Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC); Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA); Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA);
Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA); U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC); U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF)

FOR TICKET PURCHASES GO TO: http://usukrainegala.org/tickets

Ukraine's 20th Anniversary of Independence Gala, Thursday, December 1, 2011
Honoring -- Celebrating -- Supporting
The People of Ukraine

Ukraine's Democratic Choice - Voted on December 1, 1991
Vote for Independence - 90.32%
Ukraine's Contribution to a Nuclear Free World
Ukraine's Contribution to Art, Science, Sports & Entertainment
Role of Business in Ukraine's Development & Corporate Social Responsibility

Thursday, December 1, 2011, Day of Ukraine in Washington, D.C. declared by Vincent C. Grey, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
All events held at the Omni Shorham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street N.W. (at Connecticut Ave), Washington, D.C. 20008

GALA WEBSITE: http://www.usukrainegala.org

GALA CELEBRATION HONORING THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE ON DECEMBER 1, 1991