Benny Shkop set the pace in our Chicago Save Ukraine Now banquet by committing to fill a shipping container with hospital beds, mattresses, wheelchairs and other medical supplies for Ukraine at a cost of $100,000.
Benny exemplifies the “Power of One,” the ability of one person to make a dramatic difference.
A dynamic and energetic young entrepreneur, he has built a global business by selling refurbished medical supplies to hospitals in developing countries. A few years ago, he learned that some of America’s best hospitals replace equipment every four years instead of the industry-standard ten or twelve. Benny founded ReMed to furnish this medical equipment to hospitals unable to afford newer systems.
Leo Bard, our Executive Vice-President, and a key member of our Chicago team, heard about Benny’s business and approached him about shipping medical supplies to Ukraine. Benny eagerly committed to filling a container for just $10,000—a fraction of the value. After the Save Ukraine Now banquet in Chicago, he dropped that number to $3,000.
There is it—the Power of One.
One man, one container. The result? Thousands of people will receive much better medical care.
A few days later, I spoke about Benny’s commitment at a church in Meadville, Pennsylvania. A young couple decided they would give $3,000. With a trembling hand, the husband handed the pastor a check at the end of the service. They had never done anything like that before.
And there it is again—the Power of One.
Stories like this are happening every week in Save Ukraine Now as individuals discover the Power of One.
Two women, Ulana Kushner and Vera Andruskiw, caught the vision for organizing a city-wide effort in Detroit. They built an elite steering committee of 40 people from 20 organizations and held a regional prayer breakfast for religious leaders, a premier event with General Wesley Clark at the renowned Detroit Economic Club, a fundraising banquet and a strategic briefing. More than 1,000 people attended.
And there it is one more time—the Power of One, or, in this case, two.
But the story does not end there. James Fouts, the mayor of the City of Warren, Michigan, home to a substantial Ukrainian-American community, attended the banquet and was duly impressed. He declared a Save Ukraine Now Initiative to fill shipping containers and even directed the city Water Department to include a promotional flyer in the residential bills.
And that illustrates an interesting corollary about the Power of One: it multiplies.
And as it does so, Americans will catch a vision of what they can collectively accomplish. The Talmud says, “He who saves a life, saves the world entire.” That’s the Power of One.