American Nationalities Movement (ANM) Awards Philomenas December 18, 2010
The American Nationalities Movement (ANM)was founded over 50 years ago by the Hon. Ralph J. Perk, former Mayor of Cleveland (1971-77). The current Honorary President is the Hon. George V. Voinovich. The ANM represents 50 diverse nationalities and periodically convenes its members to collectively celebrate their heritages.
Each year of its existence it has identified individuals within the Greater Cleveland community who exemplify exceptional work in, for, and with the international community.
In December 2010, the American Nationalities Movement honored Alex Machaskee, Rafael Reyes Davila and Dan, Debbie and Pat Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com.
Taras Szmalaga and Irene Morrow
Irene Morrow, who has provided exceptional leadership over many years and Taras Szmalaga were the MCs for the event held at Philomena's on Canal Road.
Holiday music and a social hour gave the attendees a chance to mingle.
Rose and Don Slogar
Fr. John Loejoes gave the invocation and lunch was served.
The official program began with Eduardo Romero from the City of Cleveland who spoke about Cleveland's diversity.
Eduardo Romero of the City of Cleveland
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman congratulated the 3 honorees and told of plans for the 100th anniversary of the West Side Market in 2012.
Former Plain Dealer Publisher Alex Machaskee was then introduced by Taras Szmagala and Irene Morrow.
Irene Morrow awards Alex Machaskee
Rafael Reyes Davila was then honored.
Irene Morrow awards Rafael Davila
Dan, Debbie and Pat Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com were then honored.
Pat, Dan and Debbie Hanson with Irene Morrow
We are very grateful and honored to be in such prestigious company and to be recognized with this important award. Thank you.
Enjoy these photos from the event and if you can help identify any of the people in the photos, please let us know.
Alex Machaskee and August Pust
Giahoa Ryan and Dan Hanson
Irene Morrow and Councilman Mike Polensek
Richard Klein and Vlad Rus
Ken Kovach and Ben Stefanski
Joe Thomas and Debbie Hanson
Pat Hanson with Judge Ron Suster
Eduardo Romero, Rafel Davila and August Pust
Taras Szmalaga with State Senator Tom Patton
Justice Terrence O'Donnell
Renate and David Jakupca with Joe Meisner
Michael Patterson from Dennis Kucinich's office and Jim Georgiades
Gary Kotlarsic with Debbie and Pat Hanson
Joe Thomas, Dan Hanson and Radhika Reddy
Rafael Davila, Joe Meisner, Pat Hanson,Giahoa Ryan, Debbie Hanson and Dr. Viktoras Stankus