Matt Zaleski / 2016 Board President January 18, 2017
Office: 419-691-5058 / Mobile: 419-345-5206
PACT to Host Kielbasa Cook-Off Saturday, May 6, 2017
Call for Contestants
(Toledo, OH) — The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced that the organization is looking for contestants and sponsors for the Sixth Kielbasa Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the St. Clement’s Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo. The hours for the event will be announced at a later date.
The Kielbasa Cook-off, which was last held in April 2016, features homemade kielbasa from old family recipes. The event, opened to the public, allows people to sample the special kielbasa recipes and vote for their favorite. Amateur kielbasa makers from all over the area compete for the title of Toledo’s Kielbasa “King” or “Queen”. In 2016, nearly 750 people attended as twelve contestants battled for bragging rights. The team of “Polska Pryba” led by Jeremy Pryba received the most votes and the title Kielbasa King.
Besides earning the distinction of having the best homemade kielbasa in the area, contestants can also receive cash awards and / or trophies for their efforts. The competition is open to anyone that makes their own kielbasa. Commercial entries will not be part of the amateur cook-off.
”People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage. Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation. PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe. This is a friendly competition. We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.
In addition to contestants, PACT is also looking for sponsorships for the Kielbasa Cook-Off.
“We’ve had requests from the Polish community, elected officials, and local media to make the Kielbasa Cook-Off bigger. There’s been some interest in expanding the Kielbasa Cook-Off with a separate commercial competition, as well as making it a two-day event. The market is dictating that they want this event expanded. To do that, PACT would need more community support and several corporate sponsors,” said Matt Zaleski, 2016 PACT President.
Money raised goes to fund the annual PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Scholarship Competition and the capital campaign for development of Polish Community Center in the Toledo area. Over the past five years, PACT and TPA have awarded over $17,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.
PACT would like to hear from interested contestants or sponsors no later than March 1, 2017. Amateur kielbasa makers who are interested in participating can contact PACT Board Member, Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811, or email PACT at email@example.com.
January 5, 2017
Dear PACT Member,
PACT By Laws require that an annual membership meeting be held in January each year and that members in good standing be notified of the time, place and agenda.
TIME / PLACE: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at Rosary Care Center on the campus of Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
AGENDA: Election of Members to the PACT Board of Directors for 1 (one) year term of office.
If you would like to be considered for a PACT Board of Directors position please convey your interest
to Stan Machosky by January 15, 2017 by calling 419 882-6625 or sending an email message to Stan_Machosky@ yahoo.com.
Any member wishing to become actively involved in the PACT Mission and purpose may be
considered for Board of Director membership:
- To help promote, support, and patronize locally owned Polish American businesses and business owners.
- To promote, join and support local and national groups and organizations that sponsor or otherwise promote events that perpetuate Polish culture and/or tradition.
- To further the image of our proud Polish heritage and our local Polonia.
- To hold and promote fundraisers and other programs that will help fund scholarships for local students.
- To build a Polish-American Cultural Center to provide a venue for local Polish American groups to hold their activities that perpetuate Polish Culture and/or tradition.
Board membership requires regular attendance at Board meetings at least twice per month as well as involvement in planning; organizing and executing events and activities that help fulfill our mission.
If you would simply like to attend the annual meeting, please RSVP to Stan Machosky by January 15, 2017.
PACT Board of Directors
PACT, along with the Polish Cultural Center (PCC) Advisory Board is encouraging everyone to donate to our PCC campaign. Last year we raised over $3,000. The sponsors, the Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, were kind enough to match our donations up to $1,000!
We are asking you to share the PCC website on your facebook page or email it to your friends and ask them to support our efforts.
You can go online to www.polishculturalcenter.com to donate. Please consider making a donation. Thank You!
The Polish name for Christmas Eve supper is “Wigilia” from Latin “Vigilare” – to await
95% of Polish families have preserved the Wigilia tradition and regard it as the high point of the Christmas season. We hope you can join us and make it a part of your Christmas tradition.
PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogical Society) is proud to announce that we will celebrate Christmas with the traditional Polish Wigilia Celebration. This year’s Wigilia is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016. It will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania. Wigilia begins at 5:30 PM.
THE WIGILIA CELEBRATION INCLUDES:
LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE
SHARING OF OPLATEK
MEATLESS MEAL OF TRADITIONAL POLISH FOODS
EXPLANATION OF WIGILIA TRADITIONS
SINGING TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS (KOLEDY)
READING THE PASSAGE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Price: $15.00 PACT members, $20.00 non-members,
$10 children 12 and under, children under five: free
Reserve your seat today by calling Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167
or email us with your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like kielbasa, you will want to make sure you attend this special kielbasa dinner featuring the top three winners from the 2016 Kielbasa Cook-Off. The dinner will include the award winning kielbasa from Jeremy Pryba (Polska Pryba), Mike Hofner and Ron Smith (Dziadzia and Busia’s OldFashioned Kielbasa), and Adam Michalski (Michalski’s Special Recipe ). Jeremy and Adam will also be serving their family’s pierogi in addition to their kielbasa. We will also be serving kapusta (sweet and sour cabbage), mashed potatoes and gravy. mizeria (cucumber in dill sauce), placek (coffee cake), and those sweet tasting delectibles – paczki!
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Christian Life Center, Olivet Lutheran Church
5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania
2 to 6 PM
$18 adults (non-members)
$15 PACT members
$5.00 children under 10
You can reserve tickets in advance for $15 by sending us an email at email@example.com. Just leave your name, phone # or email address and how many in your party. Your tickets will be at the door.
Here are some of the upcoming events sponsored by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society:
October 15 – Show and Tell something about your ancestor who came to the United States
November 19 – Building Edmond Fitzgerald presented by Jen Domanski Baker
December 3 – TPGS Christmas Party
January 21 – Polish Traditions presented by Tom Sorosiak
February 18 – Kuhschwanz Train Tragedy presented by Carol Lake
March 25 – Soup Sale at Sts Adalbert & Hedwig from noon-6 p.m.
For more information about these events, please go to their website: http://tpgs02.org