WOW!!! It was another blessed event organized by RAM and Council For Cross Cultural Affairs with the kind support of the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce, Slavic Community Center of Sacramento, and Albedo Arts Community.
I would like to congratulate all of our 2022 Best Business Award recipients whom received such well deserved recognition.
I also of course want to personally thanks all twelve finalists of Miss Ukraine California 2023 for being a beautiful symbol of strength for the people of Ukraine! Thank you for letting your light shine brighter than darkness. Let your courage bring hope to this broken world. Thank you to our previously reigning queen, Miss Ukraine California 2022 Layyzerr, for not only help host this year’s event, but for passing on the torch so elegantly.
Special thanks to Albedo Arts Community choreographers Karina Botezat, Kristina Tarasova, Marina Bekova, and non-profit CEO Marina Jeffrey who worked so hard on the program and prepared our twelve finalists for each act of Miss Ukraine California Grand Finale. Thank you Nadezhda Ganicheva, Personal Stylist & Image Consultant with «NADINE STUDIOS» for your fashion expertise and dresses for ladies. Evgenia Vitkova with Devas Aesthetics and her team did great job with luxury makeup & hairstyle for contestants and co-organizers.
It wasn’t easy job to choose the winners, so I appreciate our jury panel team along with jury panel president Chanda De Martini:
• Kristina Menissov, Miss Universe World International
• Fred Millar with SBA
• Alex Mosendz with New Times Magazine
• Ninelle, song writer & vocal performer
• Maria Voronkova with UNICOIN
• Lana Bondar with Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools
• Inna Elsie with INNA ELSIE Luxury Robe Brand
• Victor Migalchan with Movieverse Entertainment
• Kathryn Shafer with Wells Fargo
• Edgar Saakyan with Miss Universe Armenia
Special Thanks to our talented MCs: Mark S. Allen, Yelena Polyashenko (Layyzerr), Robi Quick, Kristina Menissov, and Bila Kintaudi – all of you brought your own special spark to the event.
This program wouldn’t be so interesting and entertaining without our performing stars:
• Stand-Up Comedy by Bob Smiley
• Vocal Performer Kristina Menissov
• Vocal Performer Ninelle
• Vocal Performer Moses Strizhaus
• Dance Performers Vladimir & Brianna Butov
• Vocal Performer Marko Shvaikovskyi
• Musical Performer Neil Nayyar
• Dance Performer Aleksandra Korzh
• and last but not least music improvisation by famous DJ Essence (Armen)
No event will succeed without sponsors, so I would like to acknowledge our premium sponsors who joined and supported our annual The Best by Russian-Speaking Community Business Awards Ceremony, featuring Miss Ukraine California Grand Finale:
Wells Fargo, UNICOIN, Highlands Community Charter & Technical Schools, Sharif Fine Jewelry, Nick Sadek, American Furniture Galleries, Von Housen Automotive, Town & Country Event Centers, California, Devas Aesthetics, Inna’s Photography, Movers of Sacramento, Miss Media, Olga’s Photography and Cool Style Production.
Miss Ukraine California People’s Choice Award was sponsored by Image Orthodontics, Rockwell Smiles, Cali Kids Dental, Poidmore Orthodontics, Precision Orthodontics and Crawford Orthodontics.
Final thanks to everyone who attended, including of course the following elected officials: State of California Senator Jim Nielsen, State of California Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Representatives of congressman Ami Bera, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, Mayor of the City of West Sacramento Martha Guerrero, Mayor of the City of Citrus Heights Porsche Middleton, Mayor of the City of Elk Grove Bobbie Singh-Allen, Vice Mayor of the City of Rancho Cordova Linda Budge, Council Member of the City of Rancho Cordova Siri Pulipati.
And appreciation to Hannibal’s Catering team that served seven-course dinner, and NOROC East-European Restaurant that served hors d’oeuvre during VIP reception, Home Sweets and Yummy Home Made Zephyr for delicious desserts.
Thanks to all of your generous support, at the conclusion of this event we were able to send $15,680 to the children of Ukraine via UNICEF USA.
May God be with us all during these most turbulent times. I look forward to when we can see you all again.