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2016, Our 62nd Year Celebration of the Festival.

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There are so many behind the scenes to thank for this year’s festival success.

To all volunteers and vendors who were part of the success of the Polish Festival this year: big great huge thank you! Without you, nothing would happen – the best team ever! All of you are very important and appreciated by the PSF board of directors. Thank you also to Ania Bas-Masio for her generous gift to Miss Polonia, to Gerald Wysocki, Charlie Hollis, Syracuse Polish Home, Utica Community Club, and especially to Consulate General RP in New York, and Congressman John Katko and Senator John DeFrancisco for their support. Last but not least, a huge thanks to all the festival visitors who come for fun family atmosphere. See you next year.
– Mirka Banach, PSF President

2016, Honorary Festival Guests :

Congressman John Katko,Senator John A. DeFrancisco ,Eddie Zawadzki,Linda Dracker-Hochenberger Executive Director of the Miss Syracuse Organization, Kristy Lee Witt the Executive Director of Miss Bluebird Organization and Miss Syracuse 2016 Meghan Sinisi.

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2016, Thank you to our  sponsors: 

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland  in New York, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Gerald Wysocki, Yelp, Welch Allyn , Inc., TJ  Sheehan Distributing, Okocim,  Charles F. Hollis (Holocinski),Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Syracuse, Syracuse Polish Home.

The project has been co-funded as part of the “Polonia”* funds of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abroad.
Projekt jest wspolfinansowany w ramach funduszy polonijnych Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.

 

Special thanks to : 

PSF Legal Advisor  Russell W. Dombrow :DOMBROW LAW FIRM, PLLC

Tom Jurkiewicz – Nationwide Insurance Agency LLC.

Thanks  go out to the wonderful Polish-American volunteers, which have conquered an incredible amount of work and have created a wonderful  ambiance by helping at the festival.

 

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2016 Outstanding Fundraising Event” Award

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Our Mission

The Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc.(PSF) An all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) fundraising organization, the PSF seeks to increase the number and value of its scholarships through organizing public events that promote Polish culture, heritage, history and traditions.

In recent years, we have reached out to the surrounding Syracuse community and Poles throughout the state. The Polish Festival in Syracuse’s Clinton Square has become the largest cultural event in the history of the Polish community in Central New York.

More than 1,023,000 people (Census 2012) in the greater Syracuse Metropolitan Area, students from Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties, are now eligible to receive scholarships. The PSF believes the Polish Festival is the best way to share its culture and heritage in a celebration that both Poles and non-Poles can appreciate. Besides helping fund scholarships, this family-oriented event showcases Polish heritage, culture and the economic potential of the entire Polish community.

The Polish Scholarship Fund has established the Polish Festival as an annual celebration of Polish culture. Through television, radio, press and print promotion and advertising, we want to spread the good word about the festival, Polish culture and educational opportunities.

We believe that helping Polish students succeed and promoting the Polish culture are worthy goals. Thank you for your support in helping us achieve them.

– PSF Board of Directors

 

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The 61st Syracuse Polish Festival was a great success.  Wonderful ambiance, great music, and delicious Polish food among a few attractions have resulted in many people visiting the festival and spent a wonderful time while doing so.  Our organization thanks Consul General from NY, Urszula Gacek, Congressman John M.Katko with his wife, as well as the Mayor of Syracuse  Stephanie Miner for their support for the festival and our mission, which is to help support young talented students in their college career aspirations.

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Mayor of Syracuse Stephanie Miner,
Consul General Urszula Gacek and
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2015 Honorary Festival Guests :

Consul General of the Republic of Poland  in New York  Urszula Gacek,Congressman John M. Katko, City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie  Miner, Linda Dracker-Hochenberger Executive Director of the Miss Syracuse Organization, Kristy Lee Witt  the Executive Director of Miss Bluebird Organization and Miss Syracuse 2015 Anneliese Trust.

The project has been co-funded as part of the “Polonia”* funds of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abroad.

Projekt jest wspolfinansowany w ramach funduszy polonijnych Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.

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2015, Thank you to our  sponsors: 
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland  in New York, Genevie R. Zalewski,Verizon FiOS, CNY  Community Foundation, Yelp, Welch Allyn , Inc., TJ  Sheehan Distributing, Okocim,  Charles F. Hollis (Holocinski),Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Syracuse,Chestnut Security Inc : Syracuse Security Service, Joseph Janowski and Syracuse Polish Home.

Special thanks to :

City of Syracuse-Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs for their professionalism and cordiality, Syracuse Police Department, Bridge Street News Channel 9 , Time Warner Cable News CNY, Lechowia Dance PolishCanadian Company From Toronto, Park Outdoor Advertising , Adam Rozum , Claire Enkosky, poloniamusic.com, Utica Polish Home,Syracuse.com ,The Post-Standard, Vic Zurawski, Events.visitsyracuse.org, ampoleagle.com and Russell W. Dombrow-DOMBROW LAW FIRM, PLLC

 

2015 Outstanding volunteer award:
The recognition award was given to Nancy Cummings and Charles F. Hollis  for their unconditional support for the PSF organization and for building a strong Polish Community.  We congratulate Nancy and Charlie for this award.
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Click to hear the Big Mike Sunny 102 interview with Nancy Cummings from June 2014

Special thanks in 2014 to:
– Senator John A. DeFrancisco for his support.
– Mayor Stephanie Miner for her support.
 -For the past sixty years many dedicated volunteers have devoted their time to keep the Polish heritage and culture at the forefront of the Syracuse community. Big THANK YOU for that!
– The employees of City of Syracuse Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs for their professionalism and cordiality.
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