2015


November 14th, 2015 – American Sokol’s 150th Anniversary Gala

The KMDF sponsored the 150th Anniversary Gala. The KMDF’s President, Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus, was the event Co-Chair along with H.E. Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States of America, Petr Gandalovic.

October 4th – 12th, 2015 – Prague trip with American Friends of Czech Republic

A number of The KMDF directors traveled to Prague with AFoCR group to learn about current transatlantic relations and needs. Events included Vaclav Havel Awards Ceremony; political, economic, media, and NGO panels; meeting with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka; meeting with Minister of Finance, Andrej Babis; meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomir Zaoralek, meeting with Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities, and Legislation, Jiri Diensbier; meeting with minister of Defense, Martin Stropnicky; meeting with House Speaker, Jan Hamacek. Important event was also the Transfer Ceremony of AFoCR’s Wilson Monument to City of Prague and to Mayor of Prague.

July 24th, 2015 – Eastland Centennial Commemorative Project

The Eastland Centennial Commemorative Project at BNC was designed to Remember the Eastland; the 100-year anniversary of the Eastland steamship disaster, which tragically claimed 844 lives in the Chicago River. Despite the large number of victims from the capsized Eastland, this 1915 disaster has been referred to as “America’s forgotten tragedy.” The KMDF coordinated AFoCR’s donation to this memorial. Further, individual The KMDF directors participated with individual contributions.
July 12th, 2015 – Bohemian National Cemetery Association – Memorial day Services Presentation

The KMDF President, Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus, was a presenter during this event.

June 15th, 2015 – Meeting with representatives of Chicago Sister Cities International Program, Prague Committee

June 15th, 2015 – Scholars’ Luncheon at Olive and Fig

The KMDF hosted a luncheon for Northwestern University, Chicago University, Loyola University, and De Paul University scholars to meet Amb. Zantovsky.

June 15th, 2015 – Unveiling of “A Heart for Vaclav Havel” sculpture by the Mayor of Prague and the Mayor of Chicago

The ceremony was organized at the Chicago City Hall with special guests, such as the sculptors Gavlovsky and Svejda, Amb. Palous and Amb. Zantovsky, in attendance.

June 14th, 2015 – Book signing at the University of Chicago Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

His Excellency Michael Zantovský, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the Court of St. James presented and signed his new book “Havel: A Life.”

June 13th, 2015 – Evening with His Excellency Michael Zantovský, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the Court of St. James

CCC hosted Ambassador of Czech Republic at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum ?Presentation by His Excellency Michael Zantovský, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the Court of St. James, “From Cermák through Masaryk to Havel: The Role of the United States in Modern Czech History and Politics”
June 12th, 2015 – Golden Prague Gala – Prague Days in Chicago

The KMDF sponsored the Prague Days’ event

June 11th, 2015 – Radio Interview with Krajanske Radio and His Excellency Michael Zantovský, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the Court of St. James

April 24th 2015 – Filip Pogády Violin Recital

The KMDF in cooperation with CCC and National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library presented, at the WAC, Filip Pogády, one of the most promising slovak violinists of his generation, one praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”.

March 14th, 2015 – Bohemian Theatre Gala

The KMDF sponsored the Czech Community theater event.

February 28th, 2015 – Jewelry Exhibition at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry; The KMDF private viewing of a magnificent Jewelry exhibition, which included several Mucha pieces, as well as a collection of other Bohemian and Czech pieces including some in the style of Mucha. This event included post event reception at Bijon Bistro.

February 7th, 2015 – 57th Presentation Ball of Czechoslovak Allied Organizations

The KMDF was proud to sponsor the 57th Presentation Ball