Our summer festival "Usmiech Dziecka" took place on June 15th, 2013 in the backyard of the Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth. We had many attractions for kids this year, like a rock climbing wall, bouncing castle as well as arts and crafts table and face painting. Consul Mateusz Stasiek came to our festival with his wife and daughter. He read to children in the program "All of Polonia Reads for Children", led by Dobra Polska Szkola.
This year's festival was special, in that we organized finals for the competition "Talent Show". Auditions were held a month prior to this event. Our jury consisted of Ewa Lewandowska, talented finalist of the Polish edition of "Got Talent", Wanada Czajka, Marshall for the Pulaski Parade from Maspeth as well as Polish Supplementary School teacher and owner of Kobo Music Studio, Bozena Konkiel. Our own Director, Waldemar Rakowicz, also a principal at Polish Supplementary School named after Pope John Paul II, was a juror as well.
First prize went to Jan Ksawery Kwecien for his original recitation of poem "Lokomotywa" by Jan Brzechwa and won an iPod Touch. Second place went to Evalina Backiel from Glen Head, Long Island and won an iPod Nano. Both prizes were sponsored by Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union. Third place went to a dancing duo: Julia Dolega and Maya Janicki. The pair won 2 iPod Shuffles sponsored by our Director, attorney Mariusz Sniarowski from the Perecman Firm, PLLC. Director Iwona Mienko, M.D. donated an electronic Kindle which was awarded to Martha Wachulec, who played Adele's "SkyFall" on the keyboard. Our guests were entertained by lively music by DJ Filip.
We held a lottery during the festival, earnings from which were donated to David Miechur. Little David came to New York from Poland for a consultation on a possible surgery related to a genetic disorder. We thank all of our sponsors for number of prizes donated for lottery including Krzysztof Rostek from Bridge Capital Enterprises, Andrzej Grzegorzewski from AG Contractors as well as Wizard Electronics and Polsat Inc.