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Fundraising Effort Will Help Feed Ukranians

Posted: 3/4/2022 - 3-minute read Time

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Fundraising Effort Will Help Feed Ukranians

3/9/22 — UPDATE: 10 McGillis raised about $1,700 on Saturday for World Central Kitchen. More Lake George restaurants are now involved in the fundraising effort!

You can donate online here to help 10 McGillis reach their $5,000 goal by the end of the month and find donation buckets at the following restaurants:

    • 10 McGillis — 10 McGillis Ave., Lake George, NY 12845
    • Pizza Jerks— 59 Iroquois St, Lake George, NY 12845
    • The Lagoon — 204 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845
    • Gaslight — 91 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845

3/4/22 — We have been getting inquiries about the status of J-1 Visa students this year, especially with the ongoing events in Ukraine, so we reached out to InterExchange.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the following statement from InterExchange regarding the uncertainty. Knowing many of our members employ and have formed friendships over the years with students from Ukraine and other Eastern European countries, we will provide updates on further developments.

“The events unfolding in Ukraine do not represent the world that young people want or deserve. Our thoughts are for the safety and wellbeing of everyone, including our alumni, the families and loved ones of our current participants, and the many people who have worked on behalf of these important programs. Please find the full InterExchange Statement on Ukraine here.

As we prepare for Summer 2022 student arrivals, we are closely following developments in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Given the current uncertainties, with border and U.S. Embassy disruptions, we do not know if participants from these countries will be able to arrive in the U.S. Though some have arranged visa appointments in other countries, we don’t yet know how many will be able to obtain visas and flights. 

InterExchange will continue to evaluate the situation in hopes that the students will be able to participate this summer.”


In the meantime, we also wanted to share a fundraising effort called #ChefsForUkraine that 10 McGillis to participating in to help support World Central Kitchen’s (WCK) work feeding people at the border crossings around Ukraine and within five cities. 

WHERE: 10 McGillis Public House
10 McGillis Ave. 
Lake George, NY 12845

WHEN: Saturday, March 5 | noon to 11 p.m.


All over the capital region and especially here in Lake George, we rely on the international students and (J1 Student work program) to staff our local businesses and boost our economy. With the exception of the pandemics affects in recent years, hundreds of students come to our area to work each summer. Most of them work 2 or even 3 jobs at a time and they are an integral part of some business’s success for the tourist season.

A large number of the students come from Eastern European countries like Poland, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Not only do our businesses depend on these students and their hard work but many of us have made lifelong friendships and remain in contact years after they’ve returned to their home country.

Join us Saturday, March 5th (from noon to 11 p.m.) at 10 McGillis Public House in Lake George for our #ChefsForUkraine event where, in conjunction with this fundraising page, we will be matching a portion of all donations made that day. Follow our social media (FacebookInstagram) for the events special and menu updates and help us support World Central Kitchen (WCK) and its efforts during this Ukraine crisis.

Working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, WCK began serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion and are now set up at eight border crossings across the country. Additionally, they are supporting local restaurants preparing meals in five Ukrainian cities including in Odessa and Lviv. WCK teams are also on the ground in Romania and Moldova, and arriving soon to Slovakia, and Hungary.”

 The link to donate online is available here.

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