2005

2005

In January of 2005, we organized a book auction in the Polish American National Hall. The funds were chosen for the surgery and rehabilitation of Ola Milewska, a little girl who was born with a cleft palate and cracking of the hands.

On February 12, 2005, the third Valentine’s Day Fund Raising Dance took place. The income from this event was sent for the construction of the House of Heart in Swidnica, Poland. This event was very significant to us because of the presence of Dr. Cynthia Price Cohen, the Executive Director of the Child Rights International Research Institute at the UN, Marek Skulimowski, Polish Consul, Pawel Jaros from the Polish Department of Child Welfare, Marek Michalak and Marek Pawlowski from the International Chapter of Medal of Smile.

 

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The House of Heart in Swidnica, Poland

On June18, 2005, organized a picnic called “Summer with Children’s Smile Foundation” at the Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth. Although it was the first affair of this kind in our history, it was attended by over 200 people and turned out to be very successful. Everyone was enjoying the performances of children from Joseph’s Dance Studio and the music of “The Masters.” The most exciting part of the evening was the lottery of a Plasma TV.

On October 29, 2005, at The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, 233 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, the exhibition with auction, “Young Polish artists for children” took place. 39 paintings by 9 young Polish artists (Oskar Bialy, Rafal Ekwinski, Anita Flejter, Michal Glogowski, Bogdan Kujawski, Agata Lipnicka, Andrzej Olszewski, Anna Pinczer, Krzysztof Szymanski) were auctioned. The exhibition was graced by Amelia Kwiatkowski and Jeremiasz Trzaskalski, who performed a piano duet. There was also a ballroom dance performance by Joseph’s Dance Studio. The auction was very successful, and gathered funds were appointed to orphanages in Poland.


On November 19, 2005, the dance event “Andrzejki” was organized in cooperation with Holy Cross Parish Polish School. More than a hundred people had a good time and danced to the music of “The Revers.” Funds from this event were raised for the administrative support of the organization.

In December 2005 and January 2006, the exhibition titled “Meetings of John Paul II with children” was organized. The exhibition consisted of 46 exceptional, in majority unknown, colorful pictures by Arturo Mari, John Paul II’s personal photographer. The pictures were carefully selected by the specialists of Polskie Wydawnictwo Encyklopedyczne from several millions of photographs in the rich archives of Servizio Fotografico of “L’osservatore Romano.” They were enlarged to the 70x100 cm copies from the original negatives by a team of experts of Servizio Fotografico. Each picture was titled, and all titles were taken from sermons, speeches, and documents of the Pope of Poland. Therefore, all works formed one exceptional tale, making the presence of John Paul II even more visible. The exhibition was lent from Poland where it was shown in many Polish cities and gained huge popularity and was made accessible to the American Public in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Official opening took place on December 4, 2005, at the Polish Slavic Center in Greenpoint. The opening was graced by Consul General Republic of Poland Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Consul Marek Skulimowski, The President of Polish American Congress Downstate Division Frank Milewski, Bishop John Strynkowski, President of Polish-Slavic Center Bozena Kaminska and guests from Poland: Ombudsman for Children- Pawel Jaros, Mariola Chojnacka, Henryk Polak from Ombudsman’s office, and Pawel Wilk from Polskie Wydawnictwo Encyklopedyczne.

The banquet took place after the opening. The main attraction of the festivity was the auction of a series of works by Rafal Olbinski. The funds collected during the auction were sent to help orphaned and unprivileged children in the parishes of Taraz, Jasna Polana, and Zielony Gaj in Kazakhstan.

During December 2005 and January 2006, the exhibition was made accessible to the American public at:

Polish-Slavic Center, 177 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Polish Army Veterans Association, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
St. Lucas Church, 818 Main Street, Strasburg, PA 18360
Holy Cross Parish, 61-21 56th Road, Maspeth, NY 11378

In late December 2005, we sent aid to a foster home in Glowienka ($500.00) and orphanages in Stalowa Wola and Jelenia Gora ($1,000.00 each) to help with holiday expenses.

 

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