THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR 2017 BALL A SUCCESS!!
We would like to extend our BIG THANK YOU to our honorees, presenters, sponsors, supporters and everyone who attended the Kosciuszko Foundation 82nd Annual Dinner & Ball – Honoring Polish Heroes on Saturday night at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. The Ball was attended by over 400 guests; it was a great fun with fantastic music, delicious food, dazzling artistic performance, impressive stories and a great collection of raffle prizes. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the planning and running the evening, to all the wonderful entertainment and people who provided their services. We are very grateful to every single one of you for your support!
A special thanks go to our generous table sponsors: Profs. Judy Heiny and Piotr Chomczynski, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, Mr. and Mrs. Andrzej Rojek, Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Alex Storozynski, Mr. Zbigniew Chrzanowski, Mr. & Mrs. Thaddeus Mirecki, Mr. Darrin Lang and Dr. Pienkowsk; table hosts: Comm. and Mrs. John Senko, Thomas and Cynthia Rosicki, Esqs., Dr. & Mrs. Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, Mr. Michal Mrozek, Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Kolasa, Attorney and Mrs. Marian Kornilowicz, Profs. Waldemar and Teresa Priebe, Dr. Ewa Radwanska, Mr. Sigmund Rolat, Mr. and Mrs. Krzysztof Rostek, Drs. Henry and Francine Sikorski, Mr. Marek and Dr. Dorota Andraka, Mrs. Janina Boral, Dr. Robert Brustowicz, Mr. and Mrs. Dariusz Knapik, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Szymanski, The American Friends of the University of Warsaw and the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, Inc; and our raffle sponsors: LOT Polish Airlines, Mary and Scott Piazza, Rafal Olbinski, Waverly Inn and Garden NYC, and Hanna Chroboczek Kelker, Ph.D.
Sincere thanks go to our distinguished honorees - Polish Heroes - who risked their lives for the freedom of Poland and the United States, and who have been active in their communities, engaged in Polish American affairs and promoting Polish culture and heritage while supporting the Foundation's mission. 2017 KF Ball Horees are: Ball Chairman - Dorota Andraka, Ph.D., President of the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, Inc.; KF Medal of Recognition Recipient - Gen. Edward L. Rowny - Commanding Officer in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War, a military advisor to five U.S. Presidents, Chief Strategic Arms Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador, President of APAC, and Darek Barcikowski, Honorary Consul in Hartford, CT who accepted the Medal on behalf of Gen. Rowny; KF Pioneer Award Recipients: Wanda Lorenc - A Member of the National Armed Forces, Warsaw Uprising Medical Volunteer, War Prisoner; Wincenty Knapczyk - A Combat Veteran of Monte Cassino, Commander of the Polish Army Veterans Association of America; Zbigniew A. Kruszewski, Ph.D. - A Warsaw Uprising and the Anders Army Soldier, Political Science Scholar, Polish Community Leader; Mieczyslaw Madejski - A Member of the Polish Self-Defence Forces, Union for Armed Struggle and Home Army; Warsaw Uprising Fighter
The Ball was attended by the special guests: Ambassador of Poland to the United States - Prof. Piotr Wilczek, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations - Ambassador Boguslaw Winid, Consul General of Poland in New York - Maciej Golubiewski and former US Ambassador to Estonia - Aldona Wos.
Big thank you to Monika Dziewa, former KF grantee whos served as a Master of Ceremony throughout the evening; to Gerard Carelli Orchestra that gave a superb music performance along with a special vocal presentation by Monika Krajewska, Mezzo-Soprano and Yelena Kurdina pianist, to the Polish American Folk Dance Company led by Andrzej Buczek, and to USMMA Fanfare Trumpet Squadron for being part of our event.
All proceeds from the Ball will support the Foundation's ability to fulfill its mission to promote education and a broad understanding of Polish culture and history in the United States.