Stand with Ukraine: For Your Freedom and Ours - The KF 85th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Ball

The KF Board of Trustees and Honorees 

Our namesake's motto was "For Your Freedom & Ours." Kosciuszko stood for liberty for all. Our Founder Stephen Mizwa from Southeastern Poland near Ukraine echoed these sentiments in establishing our Foundation in New York.

Our primary mission will always be education and culture, but in times of despair, we must help those in pain. Russia is bombing homes and killing civilians in Ukraine. Refugees are constantly fleeing for their lives have already crossed the border into Poland. Many more desperate women and children are right behind them. They need housing, food, clothing, etc.

That is why this year's Kosciuszko Foundation ball proceeds will be donated to assist them. The Kosciuszko Foundation has established a separate fund to accept donations to help our Slavic brothers in their time of need.


We would like to extend our BIG THANK YOU to this year's honorees, presenters, sponsors, supporters and everyone who attended the Kosciuszko Foundation 85th Annual Fundraising Dinner & Ball on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at the Grand Ballroom in Plaza Hotel in New York.

Over 300 distinguished guests and loyal donors attended this year's ball. We would particularly like to thank our sponsors and all those who contributed to this wonderful philanthropic event.  

Despite the fact that we were delighted to see our guests after two years of the pandemic, we all knew the true purpose of this year's ball. All proceeds raised during the event will aid programs in supporting Poland and Ukraine.

As our speaker Katia Roman-Trzaska said, "We will see the effects of this war for many decades to come. That's why our work is so critical. We are not just helping Ukrainians. We are investigating and raising up the generations of all our countries." 

That's why we should not be indifferent.

Please contribute towards our Help Ukraine Fund. 



Thank you for your continued, faithful support of the Help Ukraine Fund. 


Special thanks go to everyone who helped and contributed to making this Ball a success and all who provided their services. We are very grateful to every single one of you for your work and support!

Congratulations to our distinguished honorees, Polish filmmakers:

Agnieszka Holland, The Medal of Recognition recipient & Lech Majewki, who received The Kosciuszko Foundation Pioneer Award.

We are very grateful to this year's Ball Chairmans – Hanna Chroboczek Kelker and Norman Kelker, Ph.D. the Kosciuszko Foundation's Board of Trustees member and the head of the Collegium of Eminent Scientist Committee.

The Ball was attended by the special guests: Kathy Nalywajko, President of the Ukrainian Institute of America and Lydia Zaininger, Interim Director;  Halyna Hryn, President of Shevchenko Scientific Society, USA,  Dr. Pawel Poszytek, Director General of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System and Dr. Grażyna Czetwertyńska, President the KF Poland

Sincere thanks to Barbara Bernhardt who served as a Master of Ceremony; to USMMA Midshipmen, and to Gerard Carelli Orchestra that once again gave a superb music performance along with the Polish American Folk Dance Company led by Andrzej Buczek.


Many thanks to the National Anthems' performers Monika Krajewska (American & Polish) and Andrea Nalywajko (Ukrainian


Special thanks go to our generous table sponsors, major donors and hosts:

Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Janina Boral,

Dr. Miroslaw Brys and Mrs. Marta Wolska Brys

Mr. Brustowicz Robert and Mrs. Barbara Brustowicz

Dr. Piotr Chomczynski and Dr. Judy Heiny,

Mr. Zbigniew  and Mrs. Elżbieta Chrzanowski,  

Mr. Wojciech and Mrs. Agnieszka Jackowski

Dr. Norman and Dr. Hanna Chroboczek-Kelker

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher and Mrs. Katherine  Kolasa,

Mr. Marian Kornilowicz and Mrs. Terri Paris,

Mr. Stephen Kusmierczak 

Mr. Peter and Mrs. Kasia Novak

Dr. Waldemar and Mrs. Teresa Priebe,

Mr. Andrzej and Mrs. Malgorzata Rojek,

Mr. Sigmund Rolat,

Dr. Lisa Redgowski 

Mr. Thomas  and Mrs. Cynthia Rosicki, Esq.,

Mr. Boleslav Ryzinski and Mrs. Donna Disch

Mr. and Mrs.  Krzysztof Rostek

Mr. Neal and Mrs. Susan Ryan 

Mr. John and Mrs. Wanda Senko,

Dr. Henry and Mrs. Francine Sikorski,

Mr. Alex and Mrs. Agnieszka Storozynski,

Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Wioletta Szymanski,

Mr. Wojciech Uzdelewicz 

Mr. Andre Zlotnicki

BNY Mellon,

C & D Restoration, Inc.

Central Connecticut State University 

LOT Polish Airlines,

Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union,  

Vornado Realty Trust