The Herald, Sharon, PA Published Thursday, June 27, 2002

11th annual Banic Memorial Boogie set

The 11th Stefan Banic Memorial Boogie and third annual Banic-Pennsylvania Sport Accuracy State Championship will be July 26-28 at Greenville Area Municipal Airport.

The Stefan Banic Parachute Foundation was established in 1997 by Slavo Mulik to recognize and honor those who have made significant contributions and/or achievements in skydiving. The foundation's goal is to enhance and promote the sport created by the inventor of the parachute in 1914, Stefan Banic.

The foundation offers bronze, silver and gold medal awards to individuals involved in Stefan Banic Memorial events, promotions and/or celebrations of financial supporters of the foundation and its goal to support skydiving in memory of Banic.

He was born Nov. 23, 1870 in Nestich, Slovakia and later settled in Greenville, where he worked as a coal miner. While living in Greenville, Banic developed the parachute and was granted the first patent on Aug. 25, 1914. He donated his patent rights and invention to the U.S. government.

Slavo Mulik, founder and chairman of the Stefan Banic Parachute Foundation, was born in Nalepkovo, Spis District in Slovakia. He attended college, military school and completed his military service.

Slavo is an accomplished pilot with more than 3,000 hours of flight time and is an avid skydiver with more than 2,300 jumps. He has American licenses as an instructor, commercial pilot and expert parachutist. He served with the 82nd Airborne and has been awarded Golden Wings and Diamond Wings for his accomplishments.

For more information, call (800) 248-8540.

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