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    BRAMA, Aug 21, 2005, 11:00 am ET

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    President Yushchenko guest of honor at The Orange Circle founding dinner

    New York (August 21, 2005) — Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko will be the guest of honor at the Founding Dinner of the Orange Circle, a new initiative that will work to advance the values of democracy and freedom that represented the essence of the Orange Revolution. The Dinner will be held at New York's Rainbow Room on September 15th, 2005.

    The Orange Circle is an emerging association of eminent international leaders, including Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who will address the Founding dinner. It includes important business leaders, including Tim Draper, the head of the $ 3 billion investment fund Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which has announced the creation of a Nexus fund to invest in high technologies in Ukraine. As importantly, it includes leading Ukrainian-Americans and Ukrainian-Canadians, who have committed themselves to building the longterm nongovernmental initiative.

    The principal aims of the Orange Circle are to :

    • Promote Ukraine's Newborn Democracy
    • Promote the Legacy of the Orange Revolution
    • Cooperate with Ukraine's Democratic Leaders
    • Strengthen Ukraine's International Image
    • Build Public and Official Support for Ukraine in the US, Europe, and Canada
    • Support the European Integration of Ukraine
    • Promote Business Investment in Support of Ukraine's Democratic Stability
    • Build Western-Ukraine Cultural Links and Understanding
    • Mobilize Legislators and Civic Leaders in Support of Ukraine

    The new initiative has won the strong support and long-term cooperation of President Yushchenko and First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Deputy Prime Minister Oleh Rybachuk, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Secretary of State Oleksander Zinchenko, and other Ukrainian leaders.

    The initiative is being coordinated by former Freedom House President Adrian Karatnycky, who will serve as the new entity's chief executive officer.

    "We are just beginning the work of building the Orange Circle," said founder and coordinator Adrian Karatnycky. "The Founding Dinner will offer Ukrainian-Americans and American friends of Ukraine an opportunity not only to honor President Yushchenko during one of the few public venues of his U.S. visit this fall, but it will offer an opportunity to play an early and important part in the support for a major new initiative that we know will have significant impact on promoting Ukraine's democracy and its integration into the democratic community of nations."

    Mr. Karatnycky, who will chart the direction of the initiative has had extensive experience in building non-governmental organizations. He took over Freedom House as Executive Direct and later President, and saw its budget grow from $ 1.2 million in 1992 to $ 14 million in 2003, when he left as CEO. More recently, he has served as Freedom House Counselor and Senior Scholar, writing frequently on Ukraine's politics and working closely with the political and civic leaders who helped make Ukraine's Revolution.

    "We are assembling an impressive team of friends of the Orange Revolution. And we hope to work with them and Ukraine's democratic leaders in building support for the deepening," said Adrian Hewryk, President of the East-West Management Institute, and a founding board member of the Orange Circle.

    The Founding Dinner will be the first of a series of fundraising initiatives planned to support the Orange Circle in the U.S., Canada, Ukraine, the rest of Europe.

    Tickets for the Founding Dinner to be held on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center (The Rainbow Room), are priced at $ 500 each, $ 900 for pairs of tickets, while tables of 10 will be priced at $ 4,500.

    There are also special tables for institutional and corporate donors that will offer privileged access to a reception meeting with the Ukrainian government delegation are priced at $ 10,000 and $ 25,000 with different levels of access and visibility.

    The Founding Dinner will represent an opportunity for participants to enroll as charter donors of the Orange Circle and in the coming years to take part in events and meetings with Ukraine's key leaders.

    Ticket availability will be made public through posters, ads in the Ukrainian American print media, through brama.com and through orangecircle.org.

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