Orange County

Local ballet company threatened after Russian invasion raises more than $100K for Ukraine

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Central Florida company threatened after Russia invaded Ukraine has turned a negative into a positive.

The Russian Ballet Orlando said they’ve now raised more than $100,000 for aid relief in Ukraine.

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They were flooded with hateful phone calls and messages but decided to do something bigger than fight back.


The community came together, and they held an event at Osphere on Lake Eola last week.

Read more on Russian Ballet Orlando’s support for Ukraine here

The Russian Ballet Orlando is actually owned by a Ukrainian family.

They said they are not done raising money for the country, where they have many friends and family members.

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The ballet’s owners said they are just getting started and the community is behind them.

At Osphere one week ago, paintings and clothing were available for sale to help raise money to support the people of Ukraine.

“We raised $12,000,” said Katerina Fedotova, the president and artistic director at the Russian Ballet Orlando.

The money raised will go the New Life charity in Ukraine, a church that is helping people there in need.

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Fedotova said they are in contact with the church every few days.

“They are helping thousands of people,” Fedotova said. “Two weeks ago, they helped over 3,000 people immigrate out of Ukraine, this week I believe they helped almost 3,800 people.”

Fedotova said they have more charity events planned in Orlando to benefit Ukraine.

More information on their work to help support the people of Ukraine can be found here.

See more in the video above.

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