pace Christmas Gala 2016
On Saturday, December 3rd three Philadelphia area Polish-American associations: Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia (PHSP), the Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation (KF) and the Jagiellonian Law Society (JLS), combined to hold a grand Christmas Gala at Whitemarsh Country Club located in Lafayette Hill, PA, outside of Philadelphia. The venue was beautifully decorated in the spirit of Christmas which helped to put guests into the proper mindset. While socializing with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres they had an opportunity to inspect, and take a chance on, a wide variety of beautiful prizes available in the Chinese Auction.
No Polish Christmas event would be complete without the custom of sharing oplatek. This was followed by a delicious sit-down dinner, while the Dennis Ostopowicz Band provided dance music throughout the evening. At one point Walter Wojcik picked up a saxophone and joined in with the band. There was an opportunity to sing Christmas Carols in Polish and English. Over 186 persons attended.
Marie Hejnosz, vice-president PHSP, headed the organizing committee. Jean Joka, president of PHSP managed the invitations and journal ads. Anthony Krzywicki of the JLS acted as master of ceremonies. Dianna Blichasz and Malgorzata Zaleski organized the Chinese auction. Income from the event was dedicated to funding scholarships. All enjoyed themselves and went home regretting the party could not last a while longer.
(l. to r.) Jean Joka (Pres. PHSP), Marie Hejnosz (VP PHSP), Yola Roman (Pres. KF Phila.)
and master of ceremonies Anthony Krzywicki (Pres. JLS)
Teresa Wojcik at the Christmas Tree
Some members of the Organizing Committee with Tadeusz Kosciuszko
(l. to r.) Eleanor Kirbyson and Jean Joka