Polish Constitution Day Celebration


Obviously it took while to recover from last weekend’s busy celebration. But we have the energy now to proudly announce that our own Lauren Lotze was crowned Miss Polonia Ohio 2010 last weekend at the Polonia Ball at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma. The pageant was part of the Polish Constitution Weekend Celebration hosted by the Polish American Congress-Ohio Division. It included young ladies varying in age from 18 – 26 years. Judges were representatives of each of the Polonia organizations that are members of the Polish American Congress. Polish Youngstown’s Community Outreach Coordinator Marianne Poprik represented us as a judge. Lotze received more than $500 in cash and prizes. In addition, she has the opportunity to compete in the national 2010 Miss Polonia USA National Finals Pageant held October 23rd 2010 in New York City. National finalists even have the opportunity to travel to Poland and represent the United States in the Miss Polonia worldwide competition. Last Sunday, she participated in the PAC’s Grand Parade through Parma and will be requested to represent the Polish American Congress, Ohio Division and its members at events throughout the year and relinquish her crown at the 2011 Polonia Ball.  Lauren’s accomplishment was only part of the fun of the weekend. PolishYoungstown hosted Friday night’s happy hour. Although it started at one location and ended at another, a good time was had by all who participated. At Saturday night’s Polonia Ball dancer’s from the Krakowiaki enjoyed the opportunity to perform in the Rzeszow Suite with Choreographer Cathy Katrenich’s primary dance group, Living Tradition Folk Ensemble.  And despite concerns about the weather, the sun shone on Sunday’s parade. Pride of Parma was nice enough to loan us their float and the dancer enjoyed waving to the crowds while our friend Roger Junten played his concertina for all to hear. At the After Party, PHH Tom Kusiowski II made his premiere as a member of the Kujawaiki.  See more pictures HERE. 

Gratulacje dla wszystkich uczestników! 
 
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