Newest Ukraine relief fund in Tampa includes match for donations

Physician Lyda Tymiak Lindell and her husband Carl Lindell, a Tampa Bay Area developer and former car dealer, have created a new Ukrainian relief fund at Community Foundation Tampa Bay.

"This tragedy has hit me personally. I am of Ukrainian heritage and it was my first language,'' says Lyda Tymiak Lindell in describing what motivated her and her husband. "My parents escaped from Ukraine after World War II with only the clothes on their backs and their education. When my father was a student he was imprisoned by the Soviets in a basement and survived a bomb attack when the bomb did not detonate. My family never lost sight of the importance of freedom and democracy.''

To learn more and make a donation to the UNICEF Ukraine Crisis Relief Campaign, follow this link.

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Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with four decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the board of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and the StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Awesome Tampa Bay, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, and travels whenever possible with laptop in tow.