Don’t miss out on entering the Miss SNPJ Pageant

May 31, 2016 - by KEVIN RICHARDS, SNPJ Fraternal Director

IMPERIAL, Pa. — I would like to extend an invitation to all of the eligible young ladies of SNPJ to be a part of history and enter the 2016 Miss SNPJ Pageant. Contestants must be single females between the ages of 18 and 28 by July 10, and a member of SNPJ for at least three months at the time of the pageant.

The Miss SNPJ Pageant is one of the main highlights of the annual Slovenefest weekend. Contestants are introduced on all of the stages throughout the weekend and are the honored guests at a special reception with the SNPJ National Board and other dignitaries.

The young woman who is crowned Miss SNPJ 2017 will win a $2,000 scholarship award, and an official crown and banner. Miss SNPJ also receives the opportunity to travel to SNPJ events across the country, and she will appear on the 2017 SNPJ calendar. The winner of the Miss Activity title will be awarded a $1,200 scholarship, and Miss Talent will receive an $800 scholarship award.

Of course, this doesn’t even mention the great time you’ll have during the pageant weekend when you’re treated like royalty by the Miss SNPJ Pageant Committee.

All young ladies who participate in the pageant will receive a $50 participant award. In addition, participation in the pageant fulfills the activity requirement of the SNPJ Scholarship Program. The entry form can be found on the Miss SNPJ Pageant page. Of course, you can always contact me at the Home Office for an entry form by e-mailing

Donations to the Miss SNPJ Pageant Booster Fund are coming into the Fraternal Department, and all are greatly appreciated. To date, the Pageant Booster Fund has received donations from the Westmoreland Federation; the Chicago District Federation; SNPJ Lodges 6, 8, 106, 138, 142, 426, 603, 564, 749 and 782; and from Shannon Muraco (138).

Any donation, large or small, is truly appreciated and will be recognized in the pageant program. Checks should be made payable to “SNPJ” with “Miss SNPJ Pageant” noted on the memo line and mailed to Slovene National Benefit Society, Attn: Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126.

I’ll see you at a fraternal event soon...