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
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
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.
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
George Brown from Senator Portman's office
with Rev. John M. Loejos
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
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.
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
Raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk
Another raffle winner with artist Kelli Perk
David and Renate Jakupca and Ken Kovach
Dan Hanson and Irene Morrow
Vlad Rus and Fran Burik
Mark George, Mike Polensek and Taras Szmalaga
Father Joseph Callahan, Rev John Loejos and Dona Brady
Czech community table
Fran and Paul Burik
Judge Marilyn Cassidy
Pierre Bejjani, Joe Cimperman,
Mark George and Mile Polensek
Louise Barth and Irene Morrow
Grace Kudukis with Taras and Mrs Szmalaga
Ginny Perk Bowers and Valerie Schwonek Blazey
David Jakupca and Ralph Perk Jr.
Mike Wojtila of Musically Grand Productions
Winner of a poinsettia plant
Raffling off a wreath
Irene Morrow table
Mark George and Pierre Bejjani
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