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Dear Flobel Community,

As many of you know, our founder Florence Belsky was a pioneer feminist and a major patron of the arts. Florence understood the value of art as means to advocate for societal change. This week we are proud to share with you a powerful music video created in that same spirit by two Flobel artists and advisors: Cindy Peress and Zoi Florosz. This music video is dedicated to the people of Ukraine and to all displaced victims of the war.

Quote of the Week

“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Music Video: The World Is Watching

“The World is Watching” based on an original song. 

Music & Lyrics by Cindy Peress.

Directed & Edited by Zoi Florosz

Produced by The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation (

If you like what you see, please subscribe to our youtube channel by clicking HERE.

THANK YOU Women Who Lunch

We had a wonderful workshop led by the brilliant Debra Olshan Cooper on how to tell your story for career success. Keep an eye out for next month’s date and theme.

Ukranian Children’s Theater Company coming to BROOKLYN with your HELP

From Associate Director Rivka Rivera: WATCH TO LEARN MORE.

In a bomb shelter in Lviv, Ukraine, a young soldier on duty, rehearses a play that he has directed about the separation and disconnection of children and parents. His cast is comprised of 9 children between the ages of 10 and 14 including his own daughter. Children who, overnight, have had to deal with the realities of missiles directed at them, bombs falling around them, and the fear that at any moment a family member or they themselves might die.

Irondale will bring this courageous production, Mom on Skype with its Ukrainian cast to Brooklyn this August with your help.

For 3 weeks the young Ukrainian performers from The School of Open Minded Kids Studio Theatre will rehearse, interact with the Irondale Young Company and sample New York City’s cultural riches. They have also been invited by the organization Sing for Hope, to a youth retreat in Ivoryton Connecticut where they will create theater and music with other American teens.

Won’t you sponsor one of these visitors? We still have approximately $40,000 to ensure that we can make this project work. You can sponsor the entire trip for one Ukrainian visitor for $3,000. That includes meals, tickets to museums, shows, tourist attractions, and travel expenses. Please help us bring this group over. It will certainly change their lives — and it may change yours.


Hudson Valley Mentor Virtual Meet-Up With Special Guest Bartek Starodaj

(Director of Housing Initiatives for the city of Kingston)

Join us for July’s Hudson Valley Mentor Meeting. The purpose of this meet-up will be to curate and discuss issues that are suggested by the mentors about the health, economy and community well being of the Hudson Valley as a region. This meet-up will be hosted monthly on zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month by Flobel Advisor & Hudson Valley resident Rebecca Holderness This month we have a special guest who will be leading out discussion: Bartek Starodaj (Director of Housing Initiatives for the City of Kingston).

When: Thursday, July 21st: 7:00 – 8 pm ET 

Where: Zoom (link sent night before)

To RSVP email

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