COPERNICUS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Zarząd Fundacji Kopernikowskiej

  BOARD OF DIRECTORS ~~ ZARZĄD

 
NAME – Nazwisko
OF –  Miejsce
BUSINESS
 President / Prezydent Hubert Cioromski
Park Ridge
Troy Realty
 Vice President / Wiceprezydent John Wojciechowski
Chicago
Retired, Musician & Teacher
 Vice President / Wiceprezydent Lester Wojcinowicz
Chicago
Lem Construction
 Treasurer / Skarbnik Ted Przybylo
Glenview
Harmony Catering
 Managing Director / Dyrektor naczelny Gregg Kobelinski
Crystal Lake
Copernicus Center
  Mario Mikoda
Schiller Park
Chicago Society
  Agata Paleczny
Crest Hill
Warsztaty Teatralne
Dr. Benny Cziszek
Wood Dale
Advocate Medical Group
Don Gutowski
  ADVISORY BOARD ~~~ ZARZĄD DORADCZY
  Wayne Przyby
Chicago
WR Events
Kamila Sumelka
Franklin Park
Alliance Communications, Inc.
  Jim Robaczewski    
Charlie Komosa
Bogdan Bossak

The Copernicus Foundation ( Fundacja Kopernikowska ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Chicago, Illinois.

The foundation was founded by Poles in Chicago in 1971 in order to raise funds towards raising a monument in honor of Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus on the 500th anniversary of his birth.  Successful in their goal, the monument was erected in front of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago [1973].

The Copernicus Foundation’s board then used excess funds from the monument project towards the purchase of a cultural center.  Even with an immense Polish population in Chicago, a cultural center did not exist.

Following much research and searching, the board located a building and parcel of land owned by a bankrupt theater [Gateway].  Groundbreaking for the new Copernicus Center at 5216 W Lawrence Avenue took place in 1979.

Due to the historic nature of the old theater housed inside the new property, the Copernicus Foundation’s Board decided to preserve the theater while remodeling around it.  Years later, additional renovations further preserved the appearance of the theater, but MODERNIZED the space to accommodate current technology. This included the addition of a “thrust stage,” updated stage lighting and sound systems.  Additional expense was approved for dressing room improvements and seating improvements:  Proudly complying with newly enacted handicap seating laws in Chicago.

Many commuters see the Copernicus Center’s “Solidarity Tower” from the Kennedy Expressway.   It is amusingly mistaken for a church tower, however, it’s a facade designed to duplicate the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.  This tower, with Polish eagle on top, is a replica of the clock tower of the Polish castle, complete with “trumpeter door.”

The Board underwrites MANY activities taking place at the Copernicus Center:

  • The Taste of Polonia Festival – yearly, Labor Day [our festival is one year older than the “Taste” of Chicago]
  • Mayfest – or Polish Fest
  • January charity event – WOSP (Fundraiser for children & seniors with medical needs)
  • The Copernican Award – Honoring outstanding Civic & Cultural leaders
  • Multi-Cultural Events –  True to its “community” loyalty, the Board celebrates all Cultures in Jefferson Park
  • Modern Music Events – True to its mission to support the “Performing Arts” – especially for youth
  • Community Events –  The Board recognizes the need for “Community Centers” & has supported innumerable events

Read more about the Copernicus Center history ……  CLICK HERE

BECOME A FOUNDATION MEMBER TO SUPPORT THE NON-PROFIT  WORK OF OUR BOARDMEMBERSHIP

Interested in becoming a Board Member?  Please email Gregg Kobelinski:  Director@CopernicusCenter.org