Wisconsin businesses in Madison and beyond are showing support for Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Orange Tree Imports
Orange Tree Imports is hosting a free Ukrainian Egg Decorating Demonstration from 1-3 p.m. on April 9. The Monroe Street business has hosted this event for years, welcoming artist Pat Hall into the shop to show guests how to use a kistka, or a traditional stylus, to decorate eggs with hot wax. Orange Tree Imports sells all the Ukrainian egg decorating supplies, including the dye baths needed to give them color. While the home and gift store has hosted the event for about 40 years, this year the store plans to donate all proceeds from Ukrainian egg decorating supplies to the International Rescue Committee‘s fund to help people who are displaced by the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Carol “Orange” Schroeder, co-owner and founder of 47-year-old Orange Tree Imports, says she has already donated a few hundred dollars to the fund ahead of the egg demonstration, because she says she knows the need is imminent. Orange Tree Imports also plans to bring back its egg decorating contest this year on April 9. Only raw or blown chicken eggs will be accepted, no hard boiled ones. There will be an award for best Ukrainian decorated egg as well as an overall award for any type of decorated egg. Other details about the contest will be forthcoming.
Door County Candle Co.
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The Door County Candle Co. is currently running a fundraiser with a special Ukraine candle in which 100% of proceeds will be donated to Razom for Ukraine, a nonprofit Ukrainian American human rights organization. The owner of the candle company, Christiana Trapani, is a Ukrainian American. Candle orders can be placed here.
Macarons by Sim
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In a sign of solidarity, the Sun Prairie-based business Macarons by Sim created a set of macarons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel created a running list of opportunities for Wisconsinites to help Ukrainians in need. Find that list here.
Bloom Bake Shop
Bloom Bake Shop will join forces with bakeries all over the world in a hamantaschen sale to support Ukraine. Bloom will sell raspberry and apricot hamantaschen, a Jewish pastry, from March 4 to March 17. 70% of proceeds will go towards SOS Ukraine, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to those who have had to flee their home. This sale is a part of @hamantashen_for_ukraine, a page organized by Laurel Kratochvila, a Jewish-American who owns a bakery in Berlin.
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[bayk] MADISON will donate 40% of their sales for their apricot pistachio crumble babka purchased between March 3rd and March 31st. Proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization that provides relief in the wake of a natural disaster. WCK has been offering hot meals to refugees at the border and within five Ukrainian cities.
Nik J Designs
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Nik J Designs is creating 8″x 12″ Ukrainian flags to be hung up in support of Ukraine. The flags are free and available for pick-up but donations are welcomed to support their UNHCR fundraiser.
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Leopold’s will donate 100% of their proceeds from the sale of any Ukrainian or Russian books to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, who provide meals to refugees in Poland and within Ukraine. The sale includes titles by Anne Applebaum and Masha Gessen.
Henry Vilas Zoo
Henry Villas Zoo is supporting the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, who are making efforts to help the animals and care teams in wake of the crisis. Henry Vilas Zoo has pledged to use some of their emergency relief funds in support and encourage those interested to make a donation.
Liliana’s Restaurant will be selling varenyky, a popular Ukrainian dish, in support of the ongoing crisis. 100% of the money from their 8 for $20 deal will go towards World Central Kitchen, as they support refugees through food. For those those that don’t want to eat the varenyky but want to a make a donation, Liliana’s Restaurant will send an order to a Dane County family in need through Little Johns.
Stop by Pizza Brutta on Tuesday March 8 to help raise money for World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that has been providing meals to those in Ukraine and at the border. Pizza Brutta will donate 50% of their gross profits on Tuesday to WCK to support and feed those in or fleeing Ukraine.
Attend L’Etoile’s “Wisconsin Cooks for Ukraine” event that will support World Central Kitchen. The eight-course meal will be presented by Wisconsin’s 2022 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-finalists and other participating chefs. All sales will benefit WCK, who has been providing hot meals to those fleeing and still in Ukraine.
Charity Bake Sale
University of Wisconsin-Madison postdoctoral researcher Una Baker has organized a charity bake sale that will benefit local nonprofits that operate in Ukraine. If interested in being added to the list of bakers, you can contact Baker via email at email@example.com. The sale is on March 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center.
Are there other donation opportunities or signs of solidarity with Ukraine organized by a Wisconsin business that you don’t see on the list? Email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration to be added to this list.
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