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Spring is finally here! The last quarter of 2014 was extremely productive to our Foundation and Center, as we brought a number of well-known and respected artists such as Maryla Rodowicz, Chris Norman, DeFranco and Anna Maria Jopek to our theater.
On November 25th, we proudly hosted our President Barack Obama who came to his hometown to talk about his immigration reform. The President’s speech brought hundreds of people from various community groups to our center and we are extremely happy that we were chosen to host the President of the United States.
We then hosted our fourth Magic of Christmas Festival that brought a wide audience including the Polish community and Polish schools. Through music, theater and dances we reminded the audience about the magic of Polish Christmas. We would like to thank to Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, Polish Parish J. Slowacki School, Warsztaty Teatralne “Little Stars” & Polonia Ensemble. Thank you for your hard work, passion and dedication!
On January 11, 2015 we hosted XXIII Final of WOSP, an annual charity event that raises money for medical equipment that can save lives in Poland. With help from a number of organizations, artists and music groups, we raised a significant amount of money for a good cause. Thank you for those who participated. We could not do it without your generosity, positivity and willingness to help!
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From the Director
It’s been quite some time since I last wrote something for a newsletter. So many changes and ever increasing popularity of the Center really kept all of the staff running. Around the middle of the year our long time Event Coordinator Patricia Fuchs decided to leave us to further her educational career. At the same time another young member of our staff decided to pursue opportunities outside Chicago.
It was a huge challenge to continue to keep things running smoothly while we sought to train new staff BUT…the remaining staff were up to the challenge. I apologize that we were unable to keep all of you more informed through newsletters but it was “all hands on deck.”
From the operational and physical side I can say the Center is very much improved. Our Executive Committee has reviewed and approved many upgrades and changes to keep the Center moving forward. With bigger input than ever before by our Board of Directors, the Taste of Polonia was a big success despite the nasty weather that has plagued us for the past few years.
If 2014 was our biggest year, the start of 2015 looks like that title might be short lived.
– Gregg Kobelinski
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