The Miss Czech Slovak US pageant is a non-for-profit organization. All volunteer time and awards are donated. We appreciate all our sponsors, without our sponsors we could not give over $10,000 in cash and prizes to deserving woman across the United States.
Donate to the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant!
A simple donation goes a long way!
$50 provides Czech or Slovak crystal for a scholarship award winner
$100 provides crowns for the national queen, 1st and 2nd Runner Up
$250 provides housing for a contestant during the pageant weekend
$500 provides a special recognition scholarship award
$750 enhances the national queen's ability to travel across the United States
$1000 will allow us to recruit new states into the pageant organization
$2500 provides the trip of a lifetime for the next Miss Czech-Slovak US
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GENEROUS PAGEANT CONTRIBUTORS FOR 2017
Without the support and generosity of the following individuals, the Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant would not exist. This colorful and entertaining national ethnic event stems from donations and sponsorships. This year we celebrate the 31st pageant and anticipate a strong and exciting competition. We have 10 outstanding contestants vying for the title of 2017-18 Miss Czech-Slovak US. In addition, to the numerous hours volunteered by the pageant committee, the following generous donors have contributed to the Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant.
This year the pageant is thankful for the generosity of a variety of sponsors. The young lady crowned 2017-18 Miss Czech-Slovak US will win a cash scholarship of $2000 sponosred by Lisa “Karpisek” Messman and the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago. A $250 educational scholarship award will be presented to the contestant crowned the national queen in memory of John C. and Alice T. Rokusek, sponsored by Dr. Cecelia Rokusek.
The Miss Czech-Slovak US 1st Runner-Up will be awarded a scholarship of $1500, sponsored by Western Fraternal Life of Cedar Rapid, IA and the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and the 2nd Runner Up will be awarded a scholarship of $1000 sponsored by Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago.
The pageant contestants are housed in the historic Wilber Hotel for three days. Each sponsor contributes $250 towards the cost of a room. T.J. Sokol Hall, Doris Ourecky of Wilber, NE, Wilber Care Center, Czech Language Foundation of Lincoln; and Minnesota Czech-Slovak Pageant Committee of Montgomery, MN. The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International and Czech Heritage Foundation of Cedar Rapids, IA. The Wharton County Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Czech Heritage Society of Texas, and Oklahoma Czechs Inc. of Yukon, OK. Miss Missouri Czech-Slovak Board provides a room and an additional $250 towards the general pageant fund.
The pageant would also like to thank other pageant sponsors. These pageant awards are sponsored as follows: John Fiala of Lincoln, NE sponsor both Talent awards, $750 cash award to the Talent winner and a $500 cash award to the Talent Runner-Up. Tim and Lisa “Karpisek” Messman of Unionville, MO donated $2000 in memory of Lisa’s father Richard Karpisek of Wilber. The Kroj award winners will receive $500 cash prize, one for each of the Americanized and Authentic Costume (Kroj) Awards and $1000 towards the royal court scholarship fund. A special Czech/Slovak gift will be presented to the Oratory Winner donated by Dr. Cecelia Rokusek, Slovak Honorary Consul of Florida, of Lauderhill, FL in memory of her mother Alicia “Fiala” Rokusek. The oratory winner will receive also receive a $250 cash prize donated by the Candace Vana-Ingwersen. The Lois Fiala Spirit Award, a $250 cash award and Bohemian Crystal will be presented to the contestant who best exemplifies the Spirit of the Czech/Slovak Heritage and is sponsored by John Fiala on behalf of Lois’s grandchildren Adele, Lisa, John S, and Chris Fiala. TJ Sokol Hall of Wilber donates a $100 cash prize and Bohemian Crystal to the contestant with the best Sokol Routine Talent along with a $75 cash prize for the Sokol Runner-Up Award.
The pageant would like to thank Candace Vana-Ingwersen 1988 National Pageant Alumni for her donation of $1,000 to the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant and Alumni Association. Ms. Ingwersen dedicates her donation on behalf of the Vana Family, in memory of their parents, Emil and Betty (Skovaty) Vana.. Part of Ms. Ingewesen’s donation will be used towards the Oratory Award.
Gruntorad- Stansy Heritage Award: This award gives a $250 prize award and Bohemian Crystal to the contestant with the most significant involvement in their heritage. This award is funded by Donna M Gruntorad of DeWitt, IA, Jim & Caralee Gruntorad, of Eldridge, IA and Bob & Eulalia Dory, Colorado Springs, CO.
The Alaska Czech Society, and Olga and Peter Ptak, both of Anchorage Alaska are sponsoring the Miss Congeniality Award with a cash prize and crystal.
Security 1st Bank of Beatrice/Clatonia has generously donated $350 towards the general pageant fund. First State Bank of Wilber donated $125 towards the pageant fund. Paul & Linda Malarik donated in loving memory of Emilia Malarik. Czech of Oregon donated $50 towards the national queen trip fund. American Friends of the Czech Republic donated $100 towards the general pageant fund. Western United Mutual Insurance of Wilber and Phillips Czech Slovak Festival Committee donated $50 the general fund. The Wilber Food Mesto of Wilber donated $50 towards providing snacks for the contestants. The crimson poppy generously donated the flowers for the Royal Court and contestants.
Another contribution involves future queen contestants who are also known as “Little Sisters” who are escorts for the pageant contestants. They will be introduced during the pageant ceremonies and will be listed in the pageant program. A special breakfast sponsored in memory of Richard Mares is attended by the pageant’s contestants, and the pageant committee on Sunday morning at St. Wenceslas Church. The pageant committee consists of national pageant director Alexandria Cerveny and pageant committee members: Brenda Cerveny, Ellie Cerveny, Debbie Koslowski and Julia Ourecky. Other people who share their time and talents include B.F. Fictum who sponsors the pageant programs. Bonnie Hoffman and Brenda Watson, of Wilber, NE audit the judges score. Keith Mueller leads as the Master of Ceremonies for the pageant. Micheala Steager, 2016-17 Miss Czech Slovak US, Anna O’Renick 2016-17 1st Runner Up, and Ashley Pudil 2016-17 2nd Runner Up will serve as hostesses to the contestants at the Wilber Hotel.
We hope all will join us for the 2017 Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant August 5-6 at 7pm at Wilber’s beautiful outdoor theater. Everyone is invited to a post-pageant party at the Sokol Hall directly following the crowning ceremony on Sunday evening. A special thank you to Teri Shestak for hosting this post-party event.
All of the above mentioned persons and organizations are partners in America’s most colorful, exciting and entertaining ethnic pageant.