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Polish Scholarship Fund awarded

Polish Scholarship Fund awarded $11,000 in scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent.

The fifty-fifth annual Polish Scholarship Festival began on Friday, June 19, 2009 at City Hall where the Polish flag was raised and the Polish National Anthem sung. In attendance were Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs – Patrick E. Driscoll, Hon. William M. Ryan, Majority Leader of the Syracuse Common Council, Hon. Stephanie A. Miner, Syracuse Common Councilor.

Continuing at Clinton Square, where Polish flags were flying, the entertainment each day included a Grammy nominee. Friday night we listened to Fritz’s Polka Band, Al Piatkowski, the Little Poland Dance Ensemble from Utica and Jerry Darlak and the Touch fascinated the crowds. Gary Sroka, from The Saturday Polka Review (WUTQ-AM 1550, and WADR-AM 1480) and Polkastony from introduced all the acts. During the Festival, Nancy Cummings, Treasurer of the PSF, appeared on the Jim Reith Show, WSYR 570 to encourage people to attend to support our vendors, who sold ethnic foods, Polish arts and crafts.

Saturday, Master of Ceremonies, Richard Noga from radio station WIBX introduced Syracuse’s own Salt City Brass, Ashley Cox, The Figiel Brothers and Dennis Polisky and the Maestro’s Men. New York State Senator John DeFrancisco presented the Pole of the Year, Robert Synakowski, president of Syracuse’s Polish Home.

Sunday, Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push entertained between the Lechowia Dance Company, the Polish Dance Ensemble – Cracovia Dance Group and the Tatry Polish Folklore Ensemble from Montreal, Canada. All were introduced by Art Kott, from “Love Radio,” WOVA and Mark Bostic from WAER -Top of the World.

PSF awarded ten scholarships, of $1000 each to Agnieszka Bak, Beth Bentz, Matthew Filmer, Aneta Guzda, Kelly Kowalczyk, Barbara Koziol, Bridget Lenkiewicz, Joseph Lyszczarz, Tessa McIntosh and Sonia Siok.

The beautiful Sonia Siok was also crowned Miss Polonia 2009 by last year’s winner Monika Majkowycz. In all $11,000 was awarded in scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent.

The Festival concluded with Tad Szyszka, president of the Polish Scholarship, thanking all contributors, participants, and sponsors, especially Zywiec beer.

Contact information:

Postal Mail:
Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 2025
Syracuse, NY 13220

Phone: (315) 687-1076


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