GENEROUS PAGEANT CONTRIBUTORS FOR 2019
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 33rd pageant and anticipate a strong and exciting competition. We have eight (8) outstanding contestants vying for the title of Miss Czech-Slovak US 2019-20. 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 Miss Czech-Slovak US 2019-20 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, Czech Language Foundation of Lincoln and Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Board of Directors. The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, The Nebraska Czechs, Inc. and Czech Heritage Society of Texas. The Oklahoma Czechs Inc. of Yukon, OK, the Wharton County Czech Heritage Society of Texas 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. A special Czech/Slovak gift will be presented to the Oratory Winner donated by Dr. Cecelia Rokusek, Slovak Honorary Consul of Florida, 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 John & 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 S. 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-Stansy Heritage Award: This award gives a $450 prize award and Bohemian Crystal to the contestant with the most significant involvement in their heritage. This award is funded by Jerry & Donna McNeil 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.
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. We would like to thank the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber for the use of the Outdoor Theater and gracious hospitality during the pageant weekend. The Czech Slavnosti provides generous print coverage for the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant throughout the year.
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 Roger Chrans and Amber Koch, audit the judges’ score. Keith Mueller leads as the Master of Ceremonies for the pageant. Kurt Kiesel, Russ Rezny and John S. Fiala who serve as stage support. Janae Buckley, Miss Czech Slovak US 2018-19, Elyssa Walloch Miss Czech-Slovak US 2018-19 1st Runner Up, and Heather Vikla Miss Czech-Slovak US 2018-19 2nd Runner Up will serve as hostesses to the contestants at the Wilber Hotel.
We hope all will join us for the 2019 Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant August 3-4 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.