3rd Place in Gruppen Preisplatteln, 1997


Group Has Placed Third in Three Consecutive Competitions

NEWARK, DE – We were now anxious. The Denver and the New York groups had placed in the top three often. We had worked so hard, would we place in the top three? And then the name UNITED GERMAN HUNGARIANS – Third Prize!!! We were all happy and pleased!!! For the Third consecutive time we had placed third….Our club had received 15 individual medals to be presented to our prize winners. The group had always done this among themselves but it was decided to invite all who remained to witness this occasion. Marlene Blank who is Prize Plattling Group Coach presented all ten team members with their pin. She also presented a pin to Jack Matte, our accordion player. John Reiter, our Vorplattler presented Marlene her pin. The group had also decided to present two men pins. These two had been with the group since their first competition in Parsippiny, NJ in 1989 helping and encouraging them in various areas. These two have been their support team, lending moral support, checking their outfits, bringing breakfast, driving them on the day of competition, giving them pep talks prior and on the day of competition. Bill Galgon and Werner Fricker Jr. were both surprised and pleased to receive this wonderful recognition…Read MORE.


1997 Preisplattler Team:

  • John Reiter – Barbara Reiter
  • John P. Hubert – Connie Reiter
  • Joe Reiter – Yvonne Schiller
  • John M. Blank – Janet Malofiy
  • Sasha Malofiy – Jennifer O’Farrell
  • Marlene Blank, Coach
  • Jack Mattes on Accordion

The top five ranked clubs were as follows:

  • 1st – Bayern Verein Newark, Union, NJ
  • 2nd – SVEV D’Oberlandler, Milwaukee, WI
  • 3rd – United German Hungarians, Oakford, PA
  • 4th – TEV Edelweiss, Denver, CO
  • 5th – Gemuetlichen Enzianer, Maspeth, NY

See all the results at www.gauverband.com

The featured image is a group photo with our flag, and our 3rd place medals at the Gaufest in 1997.

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