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1999 Philadelphia Engineers' Ball

The 45th Engineers' Ball of the Philadelphia Branch of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America was held here on Saturday, January 16, at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

This year's Engineers' Ball, held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Engineers' Society and included the presentation of debutantes, a banquet and ball. The Tempo orchestra provided music for the entertainment of guests.

After the cocktail hour, Borys Zacharczuk, head of the Philadelphia Bank of the UESA, opened the event and greeted the guests gathered for this occasion in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. He also introduced the master of ceremonies, Stefan Bilyk.

After the formal opening, nine debutantes and their escorts were presented. They were as follows (escorts names are in parentheses): Alexandra Boszko of Caracas, Venezuela (Lubomyr Rakowksy), Kristina Buhaj of Bethlehem, Pa. (Stefan Rak), Christina Hnatkiwsky of Greenville, Del. (Danylo Krup), Laryssa Hud of Huntingdon Valley, PA. (Stefan Ciuk), Natalia Duffy of Greenville, Del. (Gregory Rak), Ariana Labenskyj of Bethlehem, Pa. (Ewhen Kotlarchuk), Nina Popel of Greenville, Del. (Petro Kozickyj) and Ulana Tatunchak of Worcester, Pa. (Demian Humeniuk).

Phillidephia 1999 Debutantes

The debutantes and their escorts were greeted by Mr. Zacharczuk and presented to the guests by the master of ceremonies Stefan Bilyk. Mr. Zacharczuk congratulated the debutantes by placing ribbons on each debutante with the assistance of his wife, Dzvinka. Jaroslava Halaway, Marijka and Marusya Cyhan were instrumental in preparing the debutantes for the presentation ceremony. After the debutantes' presentation, the dinner began with an invocation delivered by the Rev. Orest Mychajlyuk

Debutantes and their escorts began the zabava with the first dance. Then the parents of the debutantes danced with their daughters and escorts.

About 250 people attended the dinner, and more than 400 persons enjoyed the dance held afterwards.

The committee that organized the 1999 Engineers' Ball was composed of: Mr. Zacharczuk (chairman), Myron Bilas, Osyp Nimelowych, Daria Lysyj, Ms. Halaway, Marusya and Marijka Cyhan, Maria Shwed, Mr. Bilyk and Metodij Boretsky, Wolodymyr Horbowyj and Bohdan Turcheniuk assisted at the ballroom entrances during the festivities.

Metodij Boretsky
The Ukrainian Weekly
Sunday, March 21, 1999

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