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Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia Croatian Cultural Center Chicago Croatian Woman Branch No. 1 ChicagoBlessed Aloysius Stepinac ChurchSt. Jerome's Croatian Church
Croatian Dominican FathersCroatian Franciscan Fathers Bernard Dugandzic Local 1 Chicago Alex BasichMiki Vucic Tesija Una Pipic Diana Soldo-Massaro
Mary Ann Marovic, Branko Marovic and Marko Radman Livaja
*** BRONZE SPONSORS ***
Atlas Realty Group - Marko Karacic
Croatian American Bar AssociationDanny & Sanja Budimir Ivica & AnneMarie Hosticka
Mountain Passage - Ilija & Vesna Vasilj
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A & A Floral Arts - Dragica Horvat
Cobra Concrete Cutting - John Krpan
Coldwell Banker - John Vodopic
Ed & Mara Cooper Family
Parkway Bank & Trust - Lidija Budimir Murillo
Platinum Woodworkers Company - Nick & Daniella Lohan
PMC Mortgage Consultants - Boris Tomacic Family
Robert & Linda Stulac Family
Owais & Jennet Succari
Sweet Delights - Marinka & Marija Moric
Border's Bookstore - State & Randolph Streets
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Official Reception and Awards Ceremony
Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall
6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
The Croatian community of Chicagoland is proud to celebrate over 170 years since the first Croatian arrived. Lured by economic, political and social freedoms, Croatians, like other immigrants, came to the Chicago area in search of the American Dream.
In her new book Croatians of Chicagoland, Maria Dugandzic-Pasic uses personal stories to illustrate how Croatians survived and assimilated into their American surroundings. The book provides a snapshot view of how this community and its leaders, clergy, laborers, politicians, athletes, benevolent societies and social organizations helped build and shape Chicago’s history. In its heyday, this community grew so robust that Chicago became known as the "second Croatian Capital." Many of these institutions exist and thrive today.
Today, there are more than 150,000 people of Croatian descent in the area. Croatians of Chicagoland explains how this small but influential immigrant group achieved its American Dream while still holding tight to its ethnic identity.
The Pleter Award was established by the Croatian-American Day Committee to recognize individual Croatian-Americans for preserving and promoting their Croatian heritage. This 2010 Pleter Award recipients are: David Diehl, John Jurkovic, Toni Kukoc, Bill Kurtis, Mary Matalin, Bill Rancic and Chris Zorich.
presented to the family of the late Hon. Michael Bilandic
The Vinodol Code Award was established by the Croatian American Bar Association to recognize persons of Croatian descent who have excelled in the practice of law and/or made an outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship. The award is named after the Vinodol Code (Vinodolski Zakon) written in 1282—the oldest legal text in Croatian and written in Glagolitic letters. The CABA is an association of Croatian-American lawyers and Croatian lawyers from around the world. www.CroatianAmericanBar.com.
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