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 2018
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 32nd pageant and anticipate a strong and exciting competition. We have 10 outstanding contestants vying for the title of 2018-19 Miss Czech-Slovak US. In addition, to the numerous hours volunteered by the pageant committee, the following donors have generously 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 2018-19 Miss Czech-Slovak US will win a cash scholarship of $2000 sponsored by Lisa “Karpisek” Messman and the Consulate 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 Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and the Miss Czech-Slovak US 2nd Runner Up will be awarded a scholarship of $1000 sponsored by Consulate 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. This year’s rooms are provided by: T.J. Sokol Hall, Doris Ourecky of Wilber, NE, Wilber Care Center, Czech Language Foundation of Lincoln and Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Board of Directors. Czech Slavnosti, The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, Helen Zach of Wilber, NE, The Nebraska Czechs, Inc. and the Tabor Chamber of Commerce of Tabor, SD. The Wharton County Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Czech Heritage Society of Texas, Oklahoma Czechs Inc. of Yukon, OK and the Miss Missouri Czech-Slovak Organization.
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 Lillie Vesely, Richard Karpisek and Kathy Kubicek. 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 Candyce 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 and Bohemian Crystal for the Sokol Runner-Up Award.
The pageant would like to thank Candyce Vana Ingwersen 1988 Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen for her donation of $1,000 to the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant and Alumni Association. Ms. Ingwersen dedicates her donation in memory of Emil and Betty (Sukovaty) Vana. Part of Ms. Ingewesen’s donation will be used towards the Oratory Award.
Gruntorad-Stantsy 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 Chatham, Ontario Canada, Jim & Caralee Gruntorad, of Eldridge, IA and Bob & Eulalia Dory, Colorado Springs, CO.
The Czech Alaska 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 $100 towards the 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. The pageant’s contestants and the committee attend a special breakfast sponsored in memory of Richard Mares on Sunday morning at St. Wenceslas Church. The pageant committee consists of National Pageant Director Alexandria Cerveny Sandall 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. Roger Chrans and Brenda Watson, of Wilber, NE audit the judges’ score. Keith Mueller leads as the Master of Ceremonies for the pageant. Madeline Hecker, 2017-18 Miss Czech Slovak US, Emily Manning 2017-18 1st Runner Up, and Sara Vytlacil 2017-18 2nd Runner Up will serve as hostesses to the contestants at the Wilber Hotel.
We hope all will join us for the 2018 Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant August 4-5 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.
Royal Court Level Sponsors
Donation of $500-$1999
John Fiala of Lincoln, NE
Candace Vana-Ingwersen 1988 Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen
Ms. Ingwersen dedicates her donation on behalf of the Vana Family,
in memory of their parents, Emil and Betty (Skovaty) Vana
Western Fraternal Life Association of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Friend of the Pageant Level Sponsors
Donation of Up to $249
Wilber Food Mesto
First State Bank of Wilber
Western United Mutual Insurance
Philips CzechSlovak Festival Committee
Historic Wilber Hotel Room Sponsors
TJ Sokol Hall
CzechoSlovak Genealogical Society Intl
Oklahoma Czechs Inc.
Nebraska Czechs Inc.
Czech Heritage Society of Texas
Wharton County Czech Heritage Society
Minnesota Czech/Slovak Pageant Committee
Wilber Care Center
Czech Language Foundation
Doris Ourecky of Wilber, NE
Miss Czech-Slovak Missouri Organization
Tabor Chamber of Commerce