Romanian United Fund raised over $100,000 from the Romanian community in Chicago and throughout the United States. 100% of the money raised will be directed towards Via Transilvanica project, a 1,400-km hiking route linking Putna (in Suceava) to Drobeta-Turnu Severin.
Read more about how the funds are being directed and Via Transilvanica progress on our Via Transilvanica FAQ page.
Thursday, Dec 5th, 2019 at Stan Mansion (2408 N Kedzie, Chicago)
RUF Fundraiser for Via Transilvanica, a 1,400 km hiking trail that will reposition Romania on the world tourism map.
6:30-7:30 Meet and greet/Cocktail party: Ana Everling & Aldo Blaga Live
7:30-8:00 Romanian United Fund presentation
8:00-8:30 Via Transilvanica Presentation by Alin Useriu
9:00-9:30 Codrut Barsan Jazz Live
Business casual attire. Adults only. Free entrance.
Parking available at Charles Darwin School (access from Fullerton/Belden, one block East of Kedzie, south of Fullerton).
Videos and Photos
Highlights from the Via Transilvanica Gala
Interview with Alin Useriu, Founder of Via Transilvanica & Tasuleasa Social
Marcel Iures, famous Romanian actor speaking for Romanian United Fund. Thank you, Marcel Iures!
Andreea Esca, one of the most known and beloved television journalists in Romania is an ambassador for Via Transilvanica. Thank you, Andreea Esca!
Get your own kilometer of Via Transilvanica for $1,100. Write your name, your kids names or someone you want to remember on the donors walk.
Beautiful markers sculpted by over 200 artists from all over the country mark each kilometer of Via Transilvanica.
The 1,400 km trail crosses the country from Drobeta-Turnu Severin in the South to Putna, in the North, in Bucovina.
Bring your American friend along and he/she will be automatically registered to win our raffle. The grand prize is a 7-day back-country guided tour of Transylvania in summer 2020 for two people.
Inspired by El Camino, Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Via Transilvanica is a 1400 km long-distance trail for walking, cycling, and horse riding. It crisscrosses Romania from Putna to Drobeta Turnu-Severin, passing through 600 communities.
There are many videos about Via Transilvanica that you can find on youtube, we recommend a few below:
2020 The Making of Via Transilvanica
One of the longest and most beautiful hiking trails in the world, Via Transilvanica is a 1,400 km trail that reveals 2,000 years in the history of Transylvania, crisscrossing the whole country of Romania from North to South, starting from Putna, crossing twice the Carpathian Mountains and ending at Drobeta Turnu-Severin.
The remarkable project to establish this trail was led by Tășuleasa Social, an NGO which has been engaged in educational, social, environmental and cultural activities for over 23 years. The Via Transilvanica is the first long-distance trail in Romania.
THIS ONLY APPLIES TO YOU IF YOU DONATED IN 2021 OR LATER.
If your donation was for one milestone ($1,200 as of May 2022) or greater, you can select your milestone following the steps, to provide the 5 character code (LL DDD) for the milestone you'd like.
1. Access Via Transilvanica's site: https://viatransilvanica.com/traseu.
2. Browse the map to the desired location and search for grey milestones only.
3. Write down the code of the available milestone - ex. HR 016 - each label starts with 2 letters indicating the county, followed by 3 digits.
4. Fill out this form. We'll communicate with our VT contact and they will assign the milestone to you, assuming it is still available.
5. Within a week, you'll receive communication from us about the assignment.
January 2022 Update: New donors - please check your donation confirmation email for instructions or see this page.
If you donated in Dec 2019 and have not used the voucher emailed to you in 2020 to choose your milestone, please contact us at [email protected]. The current list of milestones can be checked on our Via Transilvanica Milestones page. If you made a donation as part of a group, please make sure you speak with your friends.
August 2020 Update: we have assigned milestone ids to every one of our donors. If you have purchased a milestone but have not yet received your voucher, please reach out as soon as possible, we are here to help. If you made a donation as part of a group, please make sure you speak with your friends and see if anyone else in the group has received/has been assigned your voucher.
Yes, currently (early 2022), you can still purchase your own milestone. Your donation is tax-deductible if made through the Romanian United Fund.
Yes, your donation is tax-deductible. Please check your donation confirmation email for details.
Yes. Please check your donation confirmation email.
If you donated during our Fundraiser even in Dec 2019, you should have received a receipt for your tax-deductible donation in early January 2020. If you have not received one, we may not have your proper contact information. Please email us at [email protected] with your contact information and we will promptly reply. Thank you
On Via Transilvanica's website, you should be able to view the location of your own milestone, if you donated during the Fundraiser event in Dec 2019 and you selected your milestone through the process that took place in 2020 OR if you donated later and communicated with us about your selection.
Depending on the location, you may already be able to "see" your milestone (if it's already been installed), or you may have to wait. The entire project (1,000 kilometers) was expected to be completed in the second part of 2021, however the trails are still in the process of getting adjusted.
No, the names are not written on the milestone itself. Names will be listed on the "Donor's Walk", near Piatra Fantanele (Parcul National Calimani), in Bistrita. For each milestone purchased, there will be one large stone in the ground, that will have your names on. It's a very beautiful area, you will love it. Your name will also be listed on the phone application that will be delivered in the course of 2020. You will be able to "see" your milestone, and your name listed next to it on the app. You will also be able to write a little story about yourself, your family, or what inspired you to make a donation.
You can write up to 15 names for anyone stone (one for each milestone) and on the phone app that will be used to travel on Via Transilvanica.
January 2022 Update: New donors - please check your donation confirmation email for instructions or see this page. If you donated in Dec 2019 and have not used the voucher emailed to you in 2020 to choose your milestone, please contact us at [email protected]. The current list of milestones can be checked on our Via Transilvanica Milestones page. If you made a donation as part of a group, please make sure you speak with your friends.
Update August 2020: We have reached out to every known person and/or group of people that have made a donation to Via Transilvanica. If you have not received a call, it is possible we don't have your information, please reach out to us as soon as possible, we are here to help.
Update March 2020: As soon as the website is delivered (Q2/2020), we will start collecting individual information that you can post on the app and on the Donor's Walk. You may be able to personalize that yourself through the website, once it is available.
Please write to us at [email protected]. We will answer as promptly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and for being part of the Romanian United Fund community.