2016 Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6 pm – 9 pm
Polish Cultural Center
1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122


Join us in honoring the 2016 Ethnic Heritage Council Award Recipients
Martha Golubiec and The Morovich Family

Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with Polish touches and superb Croatian music!
Help us launch the new EHC – King County Student Video Contest.
Auction and raffle prizes! Reserve your seats early! RSVP by May 1.

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Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award
Martha Golubiec

“Her contributions to the Polish community and the greater Seattle community are extraordinary, broad and diverse.”

Martha Golubiec was born in Poland where she experienced firsthand the struggles for independence and freedom. A seed was planted that grew into an extraordinary commitment to preserve the history, language, and culture of Poland when she immigrated to the United States. Her remarkable successes include initiating fundraisers to support the Polish Home Association and Polish Hall of Seattle and connecting Polish organizations to the broader community. She has produced documentaries about Polish refugees of both world wars; and in the 1980s with her husband Ron, she led in raising awareness of the Solidarity movement in Poland and in the resettlement of refugees. In the 1990s, she spearheaded the fundraising to establish an endowed chair for Polish Studies at the University of Washington. Her positive impact spans many community organizations and causes over the past 50 years.
Martha Golubiec was nominated by the Polish Home Association and Polish Cultural Center.

Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award
The Morovich Family:
Cathryn Mirkovich Morovich, John Morovich, Joanne Morovich Abdo

“Their vast talents and contributions range from performance, instruction, professional recordings and costume design.”

The musical roots of the extraordinary Morovich Family of performers and teachers lie deep within the Dalmatian fishing community of Bainbridge Island. Cathryn Mirkovich Morovich, who was raised in a tradition where any occasion was cause to break out in song, bestowed this love of the culture on son John and daughter Joanne. All three are teachers of Croatian folklore, sharing that knowledge with hundreds of adults and children over a span of 30 years. They have excelled in traditional song, instrumental music, dance and costuming to the benefit of the Croatian community and the community-at-large, including performances across the U.S. and in Canada and Croatia. The generosity of their talent and time has benefited numerous charitable organizations, including the annual and now well-known “Festa Tri Kralja” celebration, proceeds of which support two orphanages in Croatia.
The Morovich Family was nominated by the Croatian Fraternal Union of Seattle, Seattle Jr. Tamburitzans, and CroatiaFest.



Special Hard Hat Tour of Plaza Roberto Maestas at El Centro de la Raza on March 19


A Spectacular, Inspiring Hard Hat Tour!


“Wow!” and “Impressive” were the breathless exclamations from participants returning from a tour of the Plaza Roberto Maestas Building Project at El Centro de la Raza on Saturday, March 19. More than 40 attendees, representing at least 16 ethnic communities, several organizations and public offices, participated in the event sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council.

A very big thank you to Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza, for sharing the center’s history, present and future development projects, and to Stephen Deal, Capital Development Director, and Sandi Tovias, Project Manager, for leading an exciting tour.

Donning hard hats, participants walked through the construction site, viewing future classrooms for the child development program, retail spaces, affordable housing units, a community center and the surrounding neighborhood from the roof deck of the Plaza Roberto Maestas.

In the meeting room, participants were treated to an ethnic dessert smorgasbord brought by Bettie Luke, Yasemin San, My Tam Nyugen, Talia Antone and Elizabeth Moore, Stephen Deal, Tsering Yuthok, Teresa Davis, and John and Joann Nicon, plus coffee donated by Starbucks. The Bulgarian “delegation” brought traditional martinitsas (Grandma March), red and white yarn decorations that are worn to welcome spring.

Many who attended are in the process of planning their own ethnic centers or would be interested in sharing space with others who would like to collaborate in meeting the need for activity spaces.

If you would like to join the conversation on this subject and visit other centers, both developed and in the developing stage, please let us know by writing to rsvp@ethnicheritagecouncil.org

Photos by Judith Henchy, Anne Jenner, JoAnne Lee

EHC thanks these sponsors for their generous annual program and operating support:

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