“This volunteer, non-profit organization is committed to promoting Poland’s rich cultural and artistic heritage by educating, informing and entertaining the general public.
The arts have no barriers and music needs no language.”
Established in 1966 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 most memorable evening for all and a fitting retirement moment for Pani Wanda. Now, in 2011, as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary, we are honored to participate in the coordination of the Beatification Celebrations of Pope John Paul The Great here in San Francisco on May 1st at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This is one of many milestones we can be proud of as we maintain Polish traditions and share our rich heritage with our local communities and global networking through the internet.
Because the operations of the Foundation are supported entirely by individual and corporate donations, an annual fund-raising Gala Ball was usually presented in the Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco California. The days of elegance are fading away yet the memories from those lavish evenings linger. The trends of less formal occasions and less costly events has caused us to adjust our activities to be more accessible for our members and friends, especially during these challenging economic times. We still need your support, and offer great occasions in return, without running up a big tab. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We welcome all who are interested in any aspect of Poland’s culture or their Polish heritage. Please visit us.
Working together in friendship and harmony, we look forward to many more successful years and the establishment of a POLISH CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PACIFIC. The Archives of the PACF and all the other Polonia Organizations would finally have a home!
Our address is 4077 Waterhouse Road, Oakland CA 94602
Our web address is www.polishculturesf.org
Our email address is
Our telephone is 510-599-2244
Looking forward to your participation.