During the "Year of Invincibility" charity dinner held on March 4, 2023 at the Grand Hall Sofyivskiy, over 600,000 UAH was raised for the Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital. The funds collected were donated to the hospital's Department of Ophthalmology and Eye Microsurgery to acquire modern diagnostic and surgical equipment necessary for treating children with gunshot and shrapnel eye injuries.
The event, which was organized by the Non-Governmental Organization "European Way of Ukraine" and the Charity Fund "Art Initiative," offered more than 20 valuable and iconic items up for auction, including rare books, artwork, sports memorabilia, military trophies, and products from leading Ukrainian designers. The auction managed to raise an i604,000 UAH for the hospital's needs.
Adding to the evening's charm, Ukrainian musicians CHEEV, SKYLERR, and the Anna-Maria duet showed their support for the cause by performing a concert. The Premier Palace Hotel Kyiv played host to the dinner and provided a sumptuous meal, thanks to the support of the Latvian shareholder and investor Vilis Dambins, who graciously offered the hotel's services on a charity basis.
Premier Palace Hotel Kyiv and Vilis Dambins' Family: A Shared Commitment to Charity and Community
Premier Palace Hotel Kyiv has been actively involved in charitable and volunteer activities since the start of the full-scale invasion, with a particular focus on supporting Kyiv's children's hospitals. The hotel has a longstanding relationship with "Okhmatdyt," and the management and staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected by the conflict.
Vilis and Liene Dambins, the hotel's shareholder and his wife, have been consistent in supporting Ukrainian families impacted by the war in Ukraine and Latvia, with a particular emphasis on mental health recovery.
In December 2022, the Latvian Children's Hospital Foundation and the Latvian Child and Adolescent Resource Centre for Mental and Psychological Support, headed by Liene Dambina, and with financial support from Vilis Dambins, organized the first psychological camp for patients of the Okhmatdyt hospital who had survived the Russian occupation. The camp lasted for ten days, during which time twenty children, along with their mothers and specialists from Okhmatdyt, were taken to Riga for daily work with psychologists, creative workshops, physical therapy, swimming lessons, and excursions to different cities of Latvia. In addition, the children visited the Riga Castle, where they met with the President of Latvia and the First Lady.
In January 2023, the Premier Palace Hotel Kyiv hosted a landmark event for the Ukrainian and international medical community - the Congress "Children and War: Modern Challenges of Psychological Assistance and Rehabilitation During Wartime." The congress was initiated by the leading specialists of the Okhmatdyt Hospital, and the hotel played host to over 100 participants, covering all the organizational costs thanks to the generous support of Vilis Dambins.
Overall, during the year of the full-scale war, Premier Palace Hotel Kyiv contributed over 6 million UAH to various charitable and volunteer initiatives, reflecting the hotel's commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by the conflict.