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Residents of Village By The Arboretum sing, dance to help raise money for Ukraine

'Everyone that could possibly perform did,' said Mike Diamond, an organizer of Ukraine Relief Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Ukraine hit all the right notes at The Village By The Arboretum.

On Tuesday, members of the community gathered to watch performances from 12 different acts for the Ukraine Relief Fundraiser in the auditorium. 

The all day event started at 9:45 a.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m., raising over $41,000.

Mike Diamond, one of the organizers for Ukraine Relief Fundraiser said the event came together very quickly.

"We finalized the plans last Wednesday," said Diamond, mentioning they were some challenges coordinating with bands on performance times. "It was pretty swift."

He said the response from those asked to perform for the event was 'overwhelming.'

"Everyone that could possibly perform did," said Diamond, who also performed in the event with two bands, Backstage Boys and Vintage.

Within the village, Diamond mentions there are about four families of Ukrainian descent living within the community and today's event is all about Ukraine.

"This is a special one," he said.

This isn't the first time the members of the Village By The Arboretum have come together to raise money for a cause.

A  event volunteer and another performer at the fundraiser, Chuck Daniels, said residents once raised $34,000 in one day for those affected by the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires.

"People here are very responsive, it's amazing," Daniels said about the generosity of those living at The Village By The Arboretum.