Established to commemorate the 1000th Anniversary of Poland’s acceptance of Christianity, the Foundation celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 1991, the year in which Poland realized the full restoration of a democratic government. Throughout this time the work of the Foundation volunteers has centered on introducing Americans to the wealth of Polish historical and cultural achievements through exhibits, concerts, lectures, publications, and Polish Heritage Seminars. In 2001 The Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary! To honor this occasion, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski signed the documents awarding the PACF’s Founder, Mme. Wanda Tomczykowska, the POLONIA RESTITUTA (equivalent to the US Congressional Medal of Freedom). Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk from Los Angeles decorated her during the Polonaise Ball at The Fairmont Hotel, with former Polish President Lech Walesa in attendance. It was a memorable evening for all.
Because the operations of the Foundation are supported entirely by individual and corporate donations, an annual GALA GRANDE POLONAISE BALL is presented at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco California. In the past the Gala Polonaise Ball was held every November to remember the November Uprising of 1917, but now we present the Ball in May to celebrate Poland’s Constitution and the great achievements of our forefathers. This year it will be held on May 7, 2005 to honor the 60th Anniversary of Poland’s acceptance as a Charter Member of the United Nations. The Polonaise Ball has become an important social event, attended by the Polish Diplomatic Corps, and guests from many states and from Europe.
We welcome all who are interested in any aspect of Poland’s culture or their Polish heritage. Please contact us by phone at 510-599-2244. We will be getting a new e-mail address soon.
Working together in friendship and harmony, we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2006.