CRAFT OF AK
Center of Russian-American Friendship & Trade of Alaska

From the President:

Dear CRAFT members and supporters, Please join me in recognizing the Herculean efforts of our Board of Directors, Marina Gantz, Natalia Monroe, Natalia Sears, Galina Tomisser, and myself, that breathed new life in CRAFT so that like the mythological phoenix it rose from its ashes. A leader of any organization knows that the organization's success lies in dedication, support, and hard work of those who surround her. That is why CRAFT was so incredibly successful this past year. Our accomplishments include:

  • Organization of a series of free educational lectures in Russian for our community
  • Organization of free cultural evenings with remarkable entertainment, opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones 
  • Celebration of major traditional Russian holidays
  • Organization and nearly-perfect execution of a major fund-raising concert recognizing the exceptionally talented local Russian-speaking community.  This was the most successful fund-raising event in CRAFT's history 
  • Organization of the Children's Club to preserve, foster, and develop Russian language skills  and cultural awareness in any child who wishes to learn Russian language
  • Creation and maintenance of this website, Facebook page, and our Facebook bulletin board, Russian Kaleidoscope
  • More than doubling the number of active members, growing the number of volunteers, and supporters of our organization


Thank you, Marina, Natalia, Natalia, and Galina.  You should be proud of the above accomplishments! With the record like this, we could make anything happen! With my deepest Respect,


~Eva Khadjinova