The 18th Annual International Kids Festival is dedicated to the millions of people who have been harmed by the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

Having the option to allow our children to joyously celebrate, at the same time that millions of innocent people have been placed in harm’s way, is both a precious gift and a solemn responsibility.

Prior, during and after the event Russian America Media, in coordination with the Council For Cross Cultural Affairs, a California registered 501 (c) 3, will be collecting the following items that will be continuously sent directly to the victims of war:

• first aid kits
• sleeping bags
• warm gloves
• warm jackets
• warm socks
• canned/dry food
• warm blankets
• baby formula
• diapers
• wet wipes
• hygiene products
• other essentials

Personal Message from CEO Sergey Ivannikov:
We hope you will join us for this year’s International Kids Festival. While this has always been a free event, and will remain so, this year we ask that participating families consider bringing a donation for families who cannot celebrate due to a frightening and intensifying war.

Like many Russian speaking Americans, I am of mixed ancestry; in my case I’m Jewish, Russian and Ukrainian. I have been asked repeatedly by outside media and well-meaning individuals to take a political position on the war. While I agree that remaining “neutral” in the face of atrocities is not being neutral at all, my team is strategically laser focused on humanitarian relief efforts which is full of its own complex challenges, some of which I am not at liberty to share. All I will say is my “silence” has specific purpose and therefore I will not deviate from it. In the meantime, let’s all pray for an end to all of the needless human suffering.

God bless you all 🙏
Sergey Ivannikov
International Kids Festival 2022 Chair



Sergey Ivannikov

is the Founder & CEO of Russian American Media, a significant and diverse multimedia company serving the Russian-Speaking community of California, and is a successful entrepreneur well known and respected by the Slavic immigrants of the United States.

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