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American Nationalities Movement
Annual Christmas Program
December 15, 2012

The American Nationalities Movement held their Annual Christmas Party and Program on December 15th at the beautifully renovated Bohemian National Hall Ballroom at 4939 Broadway in Cleveland.

After a social hour, American Nationalities Movement (ANM) President Ralph Perk, Jr. welcomed the crowd and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ANM President Rocky Perk

ANM President Rocky Perk


Father Joseph Callahan gave the Invocation and a delicious lunch of roast pork and dumplings or chicken paprikash was served.

ANM VP Taras Szmagala served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced some of the many dignitaries in attendance.

This was followed by an update on the Perk Project by Dr. Richard Klein.

Dr. Richard Klein

Dr. Richard Klein


Next, Alice Kohl, President of the Sokol Greater Cleveland, gave a history of the beautiful and historic Bohemian National Hall, Home of the Czech Cultural Center.

Alice Kohl

Alice Kohl



Alice Kohl


See more from the Bohemian National Hall.

The first Freedom Award was presented to Rev. John M. Loejos.

Taras Szmalaga, Rev. John Loejos and Judge Rocky Perk

Taras Szmalaga, Rev. John Loejos and Judge Rocky Perk

George Brown from Senator Portman's office with Rev. John M. Loejos

George Brown from Senator Portman's office
with Rev. John M. Loejos


Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman, Mike Polensek and Dona Brady with Rev. John M. Loejos and Judge Perk

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman, Dona Brady and Mike Polensek with Rev. John M. Loejos and Judge Perk


The second Freedom Award was presented to Mayor Richard A. Ganim. Richard Ganim was ill so Pierre Bejjani and Mark George accepted the award in his behalf.

Mark George and Rocky Perk

Mark George and Rocky Perk

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani and Mark George with sign with quote from Kahlil Gibran

Pierre Bejjani and Mark George with quote from Kahlil Gibran: 'He who denies his heritage, has no heritage.'




(Please excuse the shakiness of the video - technical difficulties)

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek, Pierre Bejjani, Mark George, Councilwoman Dona Brady and Ralph Perk Jr.

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman and Mike Polensek, Pierre Bejjani, Mark George, Councilwoman Dona Brady and Ralph Perk Jr.

After the awards, a raffle was held and then a Christmas singalong concluded the program.

Enjoy these photo from the American Nationalities Movement event.

Senator George Voinovich table

Senator George Voinovich table


Raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk

Raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk


Raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk

Another raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk


David and Renate Jakupca and Ken Kovach

David and Renate Jakupca and Ken Kovach


Dan Hanson and Irene Morrow

Dan Hanson and Irene Morrow


Vlad Rus and Fran Burik

Vlad Rus and Fran Burik


Mark George, Mike Polensek and Taras Szmalaga

Mark George, Mike Polensek and Taras Szmalaga


Father Joseph Callahan, Rev John Loejos and Dona Brady

Father Joseph Callahan, Rev John Loejos and Dona Brady


Czech community table

Czech community table


Fran and Paul Burik

Fran and Paul Burik


Judge Marilyn Cassidy

Judge Marilyn Cassidy


Pierre Bejjani, Joe Cimperman, Mark George and Mile Polensek

Pierre Bejjani, Joe Cimperman,
Mark George and Mile Polensek


Louise Barth and Irene Morrow

Louise Barth and Irene Morrow


Grace Kudukis with Taras and Mrs Szmalaga

Grace Kudukis with Taras and Mrs Szmalaga


Ginny Perk Bowers and Valerie Schwonek Blazey

Ginny Perk Bowers and Valerie Schwonek Blazey


David Jakupca and Ralph Perk Jr.

David Jakupca and Ralph Perk Jr.


Mike Wojtila of Musically Grand Productions

Mike Wojtila of Musically Grand Productions


Winner of a poinsetta plant

Winner of a poinsettia plant


Rafffling off a wreath

Raffling off a wreath


Irene Morrow table

Irene Morrow table


Mark George and Pierre Bejjani

Mark George and Pierre Bejjani


ANM event crowd


Raggedy Ann decorations


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