We are happy to report on our church ball, which was a wonderful evening and roaring success!  Our parish was pleased to hold this traditional event, which was the 20th annual ball hosted by the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church on Barton St in Hamilton, Ontario.  There were approximately 180 guests in attendance – all had a great time!

As is fitting, the theme of the ball was ‘The Roaring 20’s’. The hall was splendidly decorated to reflect this period in history, known as the birth of art deco and a time of celebration and prosperity.

Guests really got into the spirit by coming dressed as flappers, which was the glamour fashion style of the era. At the photo booth, there was an opportunity to pose for pictures with props, such as boa feathers for the women and fedora hats for the men.  It was fun to see everyone happily posing for both couples and group shots.

The delicious prime rib dinner was prepared by the Serbian Circle of Sisters ‘Mala Gospojina’, under president Milka Culic.  Thanks to Milka and all the sisters for preparing such a wonderful meal.  They work tirelessly – we truly appreciate all of them and the constant love they have for their church.  Dinner was served with a smile by the young volunteer wait staff from our church folklore group ‘St. Nicholas’.

A big thank you to our bar committee headed by Bob Levnaic, Tom Vukovic, and Sasa Stankovic and the bar tenders who served drinks all night long.

Following dinner, we were entertained by professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the music of the band Paganini.  The dance floor was hopping all night!

Ball sponsors, both businesses and individuals,support our church every year with their donations.  We are grateful for their continued support, which helps to make this event a financial success and our largest fundraiser of the year.  All proceeds raised at this event go towards our Church Building Fund, to repair and renovate our current facilities and maintain our community centre for future generations.  Sponsorship levels include platinum, gold, silver and bronze.  We sincerely thank the sponsors of this year’s ball – please see the list following the end of this report.

Finally, the annual church ball would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our Ball Committee, whose members include: Angie Djurdjevic, Milena Novakovich, Nada Popovic, Olga Rajacic, Jadranka Surla, Vesna Lukic, Melissa Petrilli, Danijel Radojevic, Dianne Levnaic, Dana Kapelj, Mara Kosovac, Snezana Janosevic, Vesna Vujovic, Jelica Cudic and Svetlana Djurdjevic.

As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into organizing the ball every year.  This involves countless hours of planning meetings, promotion, ticket sales, sponsorship activities, hall set up, decoration, food, beverage and prizes.

Speaking of prizes, our own dear long-time member and church warden, Mile Vrakela, won the grand prize of a 55-inch curved television – congratulations to Mile and his wife Rada.

God willing, our 21st ball will be in February 2018 – we hope to see you all there!

St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church,

Ball Committee

February 11, 2017