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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Admirals welcomed St. Michaels Ukrainian Church Friday evening to help show support for Ukraine.

Members of the church performed during the game, including singing Ukraine's National Anthem. Attendees of the game stood up and showed their support at the UWM Panther Arena.

"Every time you look out there's so many people that know what Ukraine is and what Ukraine is going through right now," said Maria Bluma, member of St. Michaels.

Bluma was among the members who sang Ukraine's National Anthem during the game and says she's overwhelmed by the support for Ukraine.

"They know the suffering and how awful it is that there's nothing we can do here physically except to support them financially and pray for them." She said.

Bluma has cousins living in Ukraine and says she has not been able to contact them since the invasion.

"I haven’t heard from them in a while. There's a lot of families that haven’t heard from people and they're waiting…to find out what is going on," she said.

As Ukraine continues to fight for its country, the support here at home is strong. St. Michaels has raised more than $25,000 and continues to collect donations, including during Friday's Admirals game.

"What's going on in Ukraine now is a horrific disaster on every front," said John Greenberg, Milwaukee Admirals President.

Greenberg says it was important to welcome St. Michaels to the game.

"We're grateful that they chose to come here so we could honor their community and give support to Ukraine," he said.

Bluma says donations collected during the game will go towards medical supplies for soldiers in Ukraine.

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