RUSKOKA e-letter



 December 2007







In this issue


  • Christmas Greetings
  • Winter Palace Ball   
  • Ruskoka Raffle
  • Ruskoka 2008 Calendar
  • Thank You to Volunteers
  • St. Alexis Chapel Update


Christmas Greetings


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ruskoka!

Рускока всех поздравляет с Рождеством Христовым и Новым Годом!


Ruskoka would like to wish you and your family and friends a very Merry Christmas, and the best of health, happiness and success in the New Year. Through your generous donations, efforts, and commitment, Ruskoka continues to grow. Next year promises to be better than ever. We look forward to seeing all of you at Ruskoka next year.


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Winter Palace Ball

 February 22, 2008 - Winter Palace Ball
Join us for an evening of grandeur in the spirit of St. Petersburg!
This 7th annual fundraiser promises an unforgettable evening of dining, dancing and elegance ! We invite you to dance the night away to the music of Steve Mitchell's Orchestra in the glamorous King's Garden Ballroom .

Tickets are $100, and $75 for students. Ball tickets make fantastic Christmas gifts, for young and old. SAVE $10 per ticket if you buy before January 7th, 2008!! Charitable tax receipts will be provided upon request.



Conveniently located 1 block east of Islington, just south of The Queensway. Free parking. All proceeds directly support the operation of Ruskoka Camp.


For tickets and information call Marina Sakuta at 416 487 2993, or visit or
Click here to order ball tickets on-line by e-mail

Click here to open the Winter Palace Ball Newsletter - Dec 2007 (7 kB HTML)

We need your help!!

If you are interested in advertising in the Winter Palace Ball program, please contact Andrew Fedosov at 416 516 7600 . If you have an item or service you would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please call Maxine Grande at 416 232 0829.



Ruskoka Raffle


You could win a huge LCD flat screen TV! Support Ruskoka Camp and purchase a couple raffle tickets. One for $5, or 5 tickets for $20 !! Get your tickets from Natasha Bronfman at 416 702 7024 . The winning ticket will be drawn Feb. 22nd at the Winter Palace Ball. All proceeds to Ruskoka Camp.



Ruskoka 2008 Calendar


Ruskoka Camp 2008 Calendars are NOW ON SALE! Support Ruskoka Camp, buy this beautiful colour calendar filled with 14 full size pictures from Ruskoka! ONLY $12! Call Maxine at 416 232 0829 to order yours. They make terrific stocking stuffers for Christmas. Buy one today before they sell out.



Thank You to All Volunteers and Work Weekenders!


Ruskoka Camp is a charitable organization and relies solely on volunteers to keep it running throughout the year. Ruskoka is particularly grateful to those dedicated volunteers that came and worked over the nine work weekends in 2007. These volunteers are responsible for Ruskoka’s maintenance, growth and expansion, and also help with fundraising activities throughout the year. Spasibo! For fun, great meals, good company, and hard work, please join us for work weekends next spring. We plan to start construction of the new camp bathroom facility in early May 2008.

We are now also signing up volunteers and campers for camp next summer (July 27 to August 16, 2008). If you are interested, please call Alik at 416 232 0829.


St. Alexis Chapel Update


Construction of the chapel is continuing. This fall, work was completed on the chapel exterior, and finishing the back wall of the altar. Senior campers also stained the entire exterior of the chapel. Interior work will resume in the early spring. Last week, Guennadi Kalinine has been commissioned by a Chapel Donor to paint 6 icons for the "tsarskie vrata " (see proposal attached).



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Donations have exceeded $85,000, and we only need to raise another $15,000 to pay for the remaining costs. Please consider making a Christmas donation to this worthy cause. Once again, American residents who would like to make a US tax deductible donation to the St. Alexis Chapel in Ruskoka, Canada, can send cheques earmarked "Ruskoka" to:ORTHODOX BENEVOLENT FUND, P.O. Box 203, Fly Creek, NY 13337-0203, U.S.A. Please check the chapel website for updates, more information, and details on how to donate.


Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donation over $50.















Ruskoka Calendar of Events



January 30, 2008

Annual General Meeting

February 22, 2008

Winter Palace Ball

March 15 - 16, 2008

Winter Weekend

June 20 - 23, 2008

Leadership Workshop

July 27 - Aug 16, 2008











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