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64th Annual Syracuse Polish Festival will be held: June 22, 23 & 24, 2018.Party under the sky! See you there !!!

 

THANK YOU FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS !

 

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September 1st, 2017 , we received a letter from Maciej Golubiewski, Consul General of Poland in NY.

( Click above to read the original letter from Consul General ).
Ms. Miroslawa Banach,
 I would like to thank you for the extreme passion, enthusiasm, and hard work that the members of the PSF organization and volunteers put into organizing the Polish Festival in Syracuse.
I sincerely thank you for your diligence and time committed to prepare for this 3 day event.
I am very happy that this event promotes culture and Polish heritage, adding to promoting Polish communities and strengthening the ties with the motherland. The attractive program, combining Polish cuisine, music, and folklore as well as awarding scholarships to talented students has truly added over the years to the engagement of American Poles in the Syracuse area. Moreover, it is an event that showcases Polish heritage to Americans.
I am aware of the challenges that your organization takes on. The sheer amount of visitors taking advantage of the rich cultural offerings and participation of honored guests is a great testament to how well you carry out the festival.
Huge thanks go out to all the volunteers. I am full of admiration for their unconditional hard work which really contributes greatly to the success of the festival.
I am glad that the festival is taking on such a variety of cultural aspects and is unique in character and that the Consulate General RP in New York can financially support your organization in this endeavor.
Best regards,
Maciej Golubiewski , Consul General of Republic of  Poland  in NY.
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Polish Scholarship Fund would like to say thank you very much  to Consul General Maciej Golubiewski for the kind letter .  Also, we were thrilled to receive from Consulate General in NY. individual in-kind gifts for our festival volunteers, thank you so much for everything.

2017 Pierogi Eating Contest !!!


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2017 Syracuse Polish Festival

The three-day Syracuse Polish Festival is a family-friendly celebration of Polish culture, heritage, and traditions .Festival goal is to provide a variety of entertainment, including the sounds of Poka, Pop/Jazz, Dance-Funk music along with beautiful folklore and contemporary dance performances by the group “Lechowia” from Canada.

Our event offers attendees a taste of Polish and American cuisine and Polish beer along with Polish and American arts and crafts. One of the main attractions is the annual  “Pierogi Eating Contest” and “Miss Polonia” presentation.

 

During the festival, kids can enjoy a variety of hands-on arts and crafts and interactive games and inflatable activities for them. Our efforts are based on providing a fantastic, fun time to those who visit by holding high standards and ensuring comfort. We keep the whole family busy.

The Festival is also an opportunity to award the annual scholarships for talented students as well as honoring the “Pole of the Year” for the honoree who contributes to propagating and maintaining Polish culture in our community.

Our non-profit organization wants to wholeheartedly thank the people of CNY for their continuing support – our success motivates us to work even harder to provide them fantastic family memories.

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2016 Syracuse Polish Festival

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Picture of Senator   John A.DeFrancisco, PSF President Mirka Banach,Gerald Wysocki, Robert Synakowski with 2016 scholarship recipients.

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 A. DeFrancisco for their support. Last but not least, a huge thanks to all the festival visitors who come for fun family atmosphere.
– PSF Board of Directors

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 : 

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, Syracuse.com /The Post-Standard, Lechowia Dance PolishCanadian Company From Toronto, Park Outdoor Advertising , Adam Rozum , Claire Enkosky, Utica Polish Home, Vic Zurawski, Events.visitsyracuse.org and ampoleagle.com.

Also:

  • PSF Legal Advisor  Russell W. Dombrow :DOMBROW LAW FIRM, PLLC
  • Tom Jurkiewicz
  • Polonia Music :  http://www.poloniamusic.com/PoloniaSyracuse.html

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
PSF President Mirka Banach.
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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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Picture of  Senator John A. DeFrancisco  with Scholarship Recipients – June, 2014.

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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