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Polish Festival at Syracuse’s Clinton Square dedicated their profit to Outstanding Polish students

The Polish Scholarship Fund (PSF), a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3), all volunteer organization based in Syracuse, New York, is very thankful to many for their continued support of the annual Polish Scholarship Festival.

The Festival began at noon on the steps of City Hall with the Polish flag being raised with Common Council President Bethaida González, and councilors Van B. Robinson and William M. Ryan. County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney and Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll proclaimed the twentieth day of June 2008 as: Polish Scholarship Fund Community Recognition Day.

The festival could not have occurred without loyal sponsors: Senator John DeFrancisco, city of Syracuse, Zywiec Beer, Charlie and Laurie Hollis of the Hollis Funeral Home, The Giminski-Wysocki Funeral Home and Price Chopper Supermarkets, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and The Polish Home. The local news media did an outstanding job promoting the festival. Thanks go to WSTM, WSYR NewsChannel 9, WSYR News 10, CBS News 5, WCNY, Mark Bostick at WAER, Art Kott at WOVA, Julian and Richard Noga at WIBX, Bob Pietrucha at WTLA, Gary Sroka at WRUN, Jas , Jas and Carolyn at WVOA and Polka Stony and Polka Happiness Mary Ann at www.polkasonline.com. Also The Post Standard, the Scotsman Press and Galaxy communications made a tremendous effort to get the information to the public. Joe Galuski and Jim Reith at WSYR radio helped to advertise the festival by having on their shows Nancy Cummings, new PSF Treasurer. The PSF will be forever grateful!

The PSF staged one of the largest cultural events in the history of a very large Polish community in Central New York, the 54th Polish Festival in downtown Syracuse – Clinton Square on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 20, 21 and 22, 2008. This Festival is an annual celebration of Polish culture, heritage, history and traditions.

In addition to a variety of children’s entertainment, ethnic foods, arts and crafts, the 2008 Polish Festival presented a member of the Polka Hall of Fame: EDDIE FORMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA; the internationally known TATRY Polish Folklore Ensemble from Montreal, Quebec and for the first time in Syracuse, dancers SWARNI from Toronto, Canada.

Also entertaining the crowds were FRITZ’S POLKA BAND, THE SALT CITY BRASS, MICKEY VENDETTI and the GOODTIME BAND, and Rock n Roll band SHELLY AND THE BARNDOGS. Singer ANYA and Sammy Music Award winner ASHLEY COX performed as well.

Monika Majkowycz became Miss Polonia 2008 and Professor Tomasz Skwarnicki from Syracuse University was honored as Pole of the year 2008.

This year during the Scholarship Award ceremony, the PSF awarded again, $10,000 to students of Polish descent who have made outstanding scholastic achievements. Scholarship winners include Agnieszka Bak, Julie Dmochowski, Sandra Dowiat, Matthew Filmer, Aneta Guzda, Karol Koziol, Bridget Lenkiewicz, Patrick Mast, Michael McCarthy and David Zurawski.

The Figiel Brothers band from Albany, closed the festival Sunday evening, and Tad Szyszka, President of the Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc. thanked to all supporters and sponsors.

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