Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates fatherhood

On June 1, the Ethnic Heritage Museum will host its 13th International Music Festival and Dinner. The Musical Festival takes place on the lawn and beautiful gardens at 1129 S. Main St. A variety of nationalities entertain with wonderful music and exciting dancing. There is no charge for the full afternoon of entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. The program includes the singing of the National Anthem, presentation of the flags (the national flag of each of the six ethnic groups), presentation of honored guests and the “Father of the Year 2003” award recipients and live entertainment.

This year’s “Father of the Year 2003” award winners are honored at the International Music Festival and Dinner. The six award recipients are chosen for their many contributions to family life and the community.

This year’s recipients are: African-American—John Brent, owner of Brent’s Mailing Equipment Co.; Hispanic—Jose Ornelas; Irish—James “Jim” McGee; Italian—Joe Scandroli; Lithuanian—Anthony Italis; Polish—Mirek Podczanski, owner of the Polish Deli.

Father of the Year Jim McGee has 10 children and has sent all 10 to college. One of Ornelas’ children wrote, “He would give his life for us, his family.” John Brent, father of six children, served in the Air Force for 11 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1967, he was stationed in the Middle East, where he and his family lost all their possessions in a fire.

Some former “Father of the Year” recipients are Paul Logli, Alderman Victory Bell and Armando Cardenas.

Throughout the Music Festival, the Museum will have drawings to give out door prizes. Also, a grilled pork chop dinner with all the trimmings will be served. The $6 tickets for the dinners may be purchased by calling 962-7402 or can be purchased the day of the event.

The Music Festival is free to the public. Admission to the Museum is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12.

The Museum is handicap accessible. Tours can be arranged by contacting the Ethnic Heritage Museum at 962-7402.

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