On March 17, 1997, Slovak Honorary Consul Joseph Senko formed a non-profit organization, Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association (WPSCA). It was formed to bring diverse authentic Slovak cultural programs to Western Pennsylvania for not only Slovak-Americans, but for the entire public to enjoy. The mission of WPSCA is to offer a variety of Slovak cultural and historic programs including some directly from Slovakia so that the attendees could appreciate the rich cultural talent which is available in the Slovak Republic; secondly, the programs are marketed and made available to all Slovak-Americans in the area, regardless of which Slovak society they are members, as well as the general public. The facilities for these events are always accessible to the physically challenged. Finally, by including representatives of other prominent Slovak organizations on the Board of Directors of WPSCA, there is an increase in the input of ideas, volunteers, attendance and the quality of the programs.