Dinner event raises $10,000 for Ukraine aid

Steamboat Springs resident Mark Kovach shows off a trauma first aid kit, an item he helps supply in Ukraine.
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Diners and donors helped raise approximately $10,000 during the Ukraine Relief and Relief fundraiser at Johnny B. Good’s Diner on May 1. The funds benefit the volunteer efforts of Steamboat Springs resident Mark Kovach with his ongoing work to help with emergency supplies in Ukraine.

“It’s hard to describe the rewards of the impact we have on those affected by this terrible war,” Kovach said. “The lives that have been impacted, how many lives have been saved, and the many people who are now in a safe place because of our efforts.”

Kovach said donations received from the dinner fundraiser will be used for transportation needs supporting orphan extraction operations in Ukraine. He helped secure two vans that arrived in Poland last week. Other key supply donations include field defibrillators and trauma first aid kits.

Johnny B. Good owners Kathy and Mike Diemer donated approximately $7,500 of sales proceeds from the busy day, while residents donated approximately $2,500 online via the site Restaurant website.

Kovach said those interested in seeing his volunteer efforts and progress can follow him on Instagram at @markkovach888.


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