Svetlana Cherevchenko was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 6, 1957. Her mother Luba Sestuk immigrated from Belarus and her father Peter Cherevchenko from Ukraine in search of a better life in the United Sates after World War II. A brilliant student, Lana excelled in school and spoke multiple languages, including English, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. During her childhood, Lana sought comfort from the hardships of poverty and hunger. She learned to escape the difficulties she faced by playing the violin, delving into books, watching movies and focusing on her studies.
Lana's love of learning carried into to her college years. She applied herself scholastically and developed a particular interest in the humanities, a natural fit due to her love of classic literature and poetry. She earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Nursing. Lana received many honors and joined MENSA and Phi Theta Kappa.
After university, Lana rejoined her sister in Chicago in the 1970s, where she ultimately met the love of her life, concert promoter and music industry icon Edward Haddad. They quickly fell in love and moved to Los Angeles, California to start their shared life. Together, they had four children, Natalie, Nicole, Noelle and Edward Jr. A devoted mother, Lana fully dedicated herself to caring for her children. She encouraged her children to follow their dreams without criticism or judgement. She always regarded her children as her greatest accomplishment in life.
Though she faced adversity early in life, Lana was a giving and empathetic woman. She was described by many as an idealist with a heart of gold who sought to bring compassion, love and assistance to those around her. Her deep concern for others made her a valuable asset to the many clubs, organizations and charitable causes to which she dedicated her time. Charity was always important to her and an integral part of her life. It is in her honor and memory that her family presents Lots 373 – 375 to be sold to benefit three organizations close to her heart.
Lot 374: Sold to benefit The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is now one of the largest in the world. Founded on the beliefs that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law, the ASPCA works to prevent animal cruelty and rescue animals in need. Lana was a lifelong lover of animals and cherished her pets. Despite her strong interest in chemistry as a student, she decided she could not pursue it professionally due to the required testing on animals, a thought she could not bear. During her life, Lana was an active member of the ASPCA and other animal foundations.