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American Nationalities Movement of Ohio
Christmas Event
Wal-Tam's Grand Ballroom, Garfield Hts.
December 19, 2015

The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM) celebrated their 51st annual Christmas Luncheon and Freedom Award recognitions on December 19, 2015.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr., president of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM), served as MC.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr at podium

Judge Ralph Perk Jr

ANM Past-President Irene Morrow, president Ralph Perk Jr. and vice-president Taras Szmagala

ANM past-president Irene Morrow, president Ralph Perk Jr.
and vice-president Taras Szmagala

ANM Freedom Awards

ANM Freedom Awards


Judge Ray Pianka introduced Gary Kotlarsic as recipient of the Freedom Award at the 51st annual Christmas Luncheon of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM). Gary Kotlarsic has been a volunteer for many Polish organizations including director of the Polish American Cultural Center, John Paul II.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr, Gary Kotlarsic and Judge Ray Pianka

Judge Ralph Perk Jr, Gary Kotlarsic and Judge Ray Pianka

This is Gary Kotlarsic's acceptance speech.



Agnieszka and Gary Kotlarsic

Agnieszka and Gary Kotlarsic

Irene Morrow, past-president of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM), introduced Lia Staaf as recipient of The Freedom Award. This was at the 51st annual Christmas Luncheon of the ANM. Lia Staff escaped Estonia in 1944 with her family.

Irene Morrow, Lia Staaf and Ralph Perk Jr.

Irene Morrow, Lia Staaf and Ralph Perk Jr.



Irene Morrow, Lia Staaf and Ralph Perk Jr.

Lia Staaf, Ralph Perk Jr. and Irene Morrow

This is Lia Staaf's acceptance speech.

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Judge Ralph J. Perk Jr., president of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM), and Judge Ray Pianka introduced Jane B. Sheats as recipient of the Freedom Award from the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM).

Judge Ralph Perk, Jane B. Sheats and Judge Ray Pianka

Judge Ralph Perk, Jane B. Sheats and Judge Ray Pianka

This is Part 1 of Jane Sheat's acceptance speech.

Jane B. Sheats

Jane B. Sheats

This is Part 2 of Jane Sheat's acceptance speech.



Judge Ralph J. Perk Jr., president of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM), introduced Walt Mahovlich and the band Harmonia as recipients of The Freedom Award. Harmonia is a nationality ambassador of Eastern European music.

Harmonia receives Freedom Award

Harmonia receives Freedom Award



Harmonia receives Freedom Award with Judge Perk

Harmonia with Freedom Award and Judge Perk

This is part 1 of Walt Mahovlich's acceptance speech.

This is part 2 of Walt Mahovlich's acceptance speech.

After that, the band Harmonia played several songs including this wedding song where the future bride and groom come to ask permission of the parents.

the band Harmonia



the band Harmonia

This is another song from Eastern Europe by Harmonia.

the band Harmonia



the band Harmonia

the band Harmonia





Enjoy these other images from the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio annual Christmas luncheon.

Freedom Award honorees and Judge Ralph Perk Jr.

Freedom Award honorees and Judge Ralph Perk Jr.


Jim Craciun, Robert Filippi and Ralph Perh Jr. behind Rev Fr. John Loejos

Jim Craciun, Robert Filippi and Ralph Perk Jr.
behind Rev Fr. John Loejos


Paul Burik with Renata and David Jakupca

Paul Burik with Renata and David Jakupca


State Senator Tom Patton and Grace Drake

State Senator Tom Patton and former State Senator Grace Drake


Judge Ray and Mrs Pianka

Judge Ray and Mrs Pianka


Matt Dolan and Judge Robert C. McClelland

Matt Dolan and Judge Robert C. McClelland


Seven Hills Councilman Michael Barth and his  Mother (94) Louise

Seven Hills Councilman Michael Barth and his Mother Louise


Joe Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan

Joe Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan


Ginny Perk

Ginny Perk


Erika Puussaar and Irene Morrow

Erika Puussaar and Irene Morrow


Kelli Perk and Valerie Schwonek Blazey

Kelli Perk and Valerie Schwonek Blazey


Alex and Carol Machaskee with CAMEO officers

Alex and Carol Machaskee with CAMEO officers


Lucy Stickan, Judge Perk and Irene Morrow

Lucy Stickan, Judge Perk and Irene Morrow


Gia Hoa Ryan and Walt Mahovlich

Gia Hoa Ryan and Walt Mahovlich


Judge McClelland and Taras Szmagala

Judge McClelland and Taras Szmagala


with Lia Staaf

...with Lia Staaf


the Band Harmonia

Harmonia performing


the Band Harmonia


the Band Harmonia


ANM Freedom Awards

ANM Freedom Awards





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