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Over $11,000 were awarded at the Fifty-Sixth annual Polish Festival at Syracuse’s Clinton Square

Over $11,000 were awarded at the Fifty-Sixth annual Polish Festival at Syracuse’s Clinton Square.

John Gora i Gorale brought the fifty-sixth Polish Festival to a close Sunday, June 13. The weekend, filled with continuous entertainment, began Friday at noon at Syracuse’s City Hall where the Polish flag was raised and the Polish national anthem was sung. Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie A. Miner lead the dignitaries that included Senator John DeFrancisco. The Fesitival continued at Clinton Square with Jasiu Klocek and the Salt City Brass, The Knewz out of Buffalo, Al Piatkowski and the “Little Poland Dance Ensemble from Utica.

Saturday brought the sounds of Fritz’s Polka Band from Verona, New York and Ashley Cox, both winners of SAMMYS. The New Faze and Tony Blazonczyk, and the talented Lowicz Dance Ensemble and Lechowia Dance Company. The star of the weekend came Saturday night, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra, who put on an outstanding show. Winner of eighteen Grammies, Jimmy Sturr has received more consecutive Grammy nominations than anyone in the history of musical awards and has been awarded the “Commendation to Excellence” from Broadcast Music Inc. Sturr and his Orchestra were introduced by the “Poles of the Year,” our local Polish Disc Jockeys! Art Kott, Bob Pietrucha, John Smith, Julian and Richard Noga, Gary Sroka and the late Don DeRosa who have continually supported our cause on their airways.

The main purpose of the Festival is to award scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent. Sunday afternoon scholarships were given to: Brianna Adams, Agnieszka Bak, Barbara Koziol, Marietta Guzda, Joseph Lyszczarz, Patrick Newton, Sonia Siok, Amanda Thompson, Megan Visconti and Magdalena Wozna. The beautiful and talented Catherine Wawro was crowned Miss Polonia. Dennis Polisky and the Maestro’s Men along with the Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble also entertained the crowds on Sunday.

The Polish Scholarship Fund Committee would like to thank our sponsors without whose help this would not be possible: the Giminski-Wysocki Funeral Home, Dazzling Diamonds Jewelry and Gems, Zywiec beer, The Syracuse Post-Standard, The Pennysaver, The Syracuse Polish Home, Channel 9 – WSYR, and YNN TV!

The Polish Scholarship Fund Inc. announces that the deadline is approaching for applications for their scholarships. All applications need to be in by March 15, 2010. They are available on the web at
or at the Polish Community Home on Park Avenue in Syracuse.
To receive a general scholarship, students must:

1) Be of Polish ancestry

2) Be accepted to an accredited college, university or training school as a full-time student

3) Have resided in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga or Oswego County for a minimum of two years

Applications need to be submitted to Polish Scholarship Selection Committee, PO Box 2025, Syracuse, New York 13220

Applications are also being accepted for Miss Polonia 2010 Scholarships. Available to young women who:

1) Are of Polish ancestry

2) Are accepted to an accredited college, university, or training school as a fulltime student

3) Have resided in the Central New York area for a minimum of two years

Applications need to be submitted by April 15, 2010 to Polish Scholarship – Miss Polonia, PO Box 2025, Syracuse, New York 13220

All scholarships will be awarded at the fifty-six annual Polish Scholarship Festival to be held in Syracuse’s Clinton Square June 18, 19 and 20, 2010. Besides awarding scholarships, there will be Polish music, dancers, food beverages and naming of the “Pole of the Year” and “Miss Polonia”

The Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501 © 3 tax-exempt organization in its 56th year of helping to educate students in Central New York. Over the past years, the PSF has awarded more that $300,000 in scholarships.

For more information on the Polish Scholarship Fund or Polish Festival, send emial to: or call (315) 687-1076


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