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PKM Dancers Perform at the Ball

Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia Polonaise Ball

Saturday, November 16, 2013

by Jean Joka, Communications Director -- Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia

Another Year, Another Wonderful Polonaise Ball and Awards Banquet Sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia held its annual Polonaise Ball and Awards Presentations at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club in Northeast Philadelphia.

A beautiful fall evening was enjoyed by over 100 guests.

Marie Hejnosz, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia greeted everyone as they arrived. In the President's Room cocktails and hor d'oeuvres were served. Alice Marie Quirk, violinist entertained during the cocktail hour. We then adjourned to the Ballroom where the tables were identified by the various towns in Poland and lovely fall flowers.

Brother Michael McGinniss, President of LaSalle University offered the invocation. After dinner was served this year's honoree Edward Turzanski, VP & Professor at LaSalle University was presented the Achievement Award, a well known leader in the Polonia community.

Deborah M. Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland, Southeastern Pennsylvania introduced Mateusz Stasiek, representative from the Consulate in New York, who in turn bestowed to Mr. & Mrs. Bonifacy Obst, "The Medal for Long Marital Life," and to the Honorable Joseph Zazyczny, "Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland." A truly memorable evening, which was cherished by all in attendance and particularly family and friends of the honorees.

We were entertained by the PKM Dancers, including a special dance with audience participation to the Polonaise.

Music was also provided by the Dennis Ostopowicz Band, who played a variety of musical selections including polkas, oberiks, waltzes, fast swinging, you name it, they played it. The dance floor was full of a happy crowd.

The evening concluded with our Chinese Auction. We had many wonderful gifts donated by our members, friends and supporters.

This evening was one of the best ever. We could not have succeeded if it were not for the efforts and time spent by the Polonaise Ball Committee (Irene Musman, Jim Malinowski and Jean Joka), Executive Board and Members of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia.

All proceeds from the Polonaise Ball benefit the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia Scholarship Fund.

Bog Zaplac!

Photographs: Andrew Pustelniak


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Marie Hejnosz presents award to Edward Turzanski


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Melania and Bonifacy Obst, after receiving medals from RP Consul Mateusz Stasiek and Honorary RP Consul for SE PA Debbie Majka

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Edward Turzanski makes an acceptance speech

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(l. to. r.) Peter Obst, Marie Hejnosz - President Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, Edward Turzanski

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(standing, l. to r.) Edward Turzanski, Joseph Zazyczny, Brother Michael McGinniss - President of LaSalle University
(sitting) Stella Turzanski and Edward Turzanski's daughter Stephanie

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Joe Zazyczny receives the Officers' Cross, Order of Merit

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Consul Mateusz Stasiek congratulates Joseph Zazyczny

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Marti and Joseph Zazyczny


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Joe Zazyczny Dancing

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Consul Stasiek pins medals on Bonifacy and Melania Obst

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The Polish Intercollegiate Club (PKM) Dancers Perform

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The Polish Intercollegiate Club (PKM) Dancers Perform

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The Polish Intercollegiate Club (PKM) Dancers Perform

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The Polish Intercollegiate Club (PKM) Dancers Perform