Konoba 2019

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Major fundraising event to benefit Slavonian Hall

One of the most outstanding gifts shared with the community in Old Town is Slavonian Hall. Founded in 1901, the Slavonian American Benevolent Society was organized by a small group of immigrants and quickly became the central gathering place for food, singing, dancing and companionship. For immigrants in a new country, the lodge was a portal into a new life. Today members dedicate themselves to annual events that preserve and pass on cultural and family traditions. These events sustain pride in Slavic heritage and continue the mission of building a community among people in the Tacoma-Pierce County region with roots in the former Yugoslavia.

This year’s fundraising event, Konoba 2019, is earmarked for the restoration and preservation of Slavonian Hall.  The money raised at this event will help restore the building, including improvements to its mechanical and electrical systems, repair or replacement of the exterior ramp, kitchen renovations and finally to restore the iconic flagpoles so that the Hall’s flags continue to fly high.

“An important strength in our Old Town community is our heritage, especially our generations-old building,” said Konoba 2019 Committee Chair Priscilla Lisicich. “The Slavonian Hall, Job Carr Cabin Museum and surrounding historical homes are more than physical remnants of our heritage. Today, these are monuments to our past, our legacy that lends to the charm and beauty of Old Town making it a unique community for residents and visitors alike.”

Everyone is invited to this evening celebration and solidarity at Konoba 2019 on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 3-7 p.m. at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma.  By purchasing a $35 ticket, guests will enjoy a traditional salmon dinner followed by live Croatian music, dance and a silent auction. A no host bar will be available with Croatian wine and beer. Register on-line at https://konoba2019.brownpapertickets.com or by calling Barb at (253) 625-5384. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

or by calling Barb at (253) 625-5384. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Those unable to attend and other Slavonian American Benevolent Society supporters are kindly asked to donate a service or gift in recognition of this fundraising effort.  For the silent auction, SABS relies on donated items to help keep costs to a minimum. That way, profits can be applied directly toward improvement and restoration goals. SABS will graciously accept your contribution, a service or gift that will help make their goals a reality. Please email Karen at kholm1967@gmail.com.

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