Dear PACT member,

The Board of Directors of PACT hopes that you had a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, we will conduct our annual membership meeting.  The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM in the meeting room adjacent to the All Good Things Art & Gifts Store within Rosary Care Center, Lourdes University Campus Sylvania, OH.  In addition to election of members to the Board of Directors for 2019 we will have a brief update on the upcoming Kielbasa Cook-Off and the 2019 POLISH AMERICAN FESTIVAL.

If you are interested in becoming a Board member or volunteering your time at these upcoming events please plan to attend.

Please let us know if you will attend this meeting so we can plan for refreshments. You can call Rosanne Nitschke at 419 944-5312 or email us at info@polishcommunity.org.

Sincerely,

 

PACT Board of Directors


The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced  that the 2019  Toledo Area Polish American Festival will be held on May 17, 18, and 19, 2019  at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.

“The 2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization.  Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.

Anyone interested in more information about the event, call Tom at 419-540-8667 .

For information about volunteering, call Stan at 419-280-0035.

For information regarding entertainment and activities, call Tim at 419-410-6167

Children’s activities, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or Sherry at 419-260-1970.

2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival

FACT SHEET

DATES – May 17, 18, and 19th, 2019

TIMES – Friday 4 PM to 11 PM  –  Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM  –  Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

LOCATION – Club 16 Grounds – 316 King Road (just south of Hill Avenue)

FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.

VENDORS

 

MAIN FOOD – 4 main food vendors serving a variety of Polish foods such as kielbasa, pierogi, galabki, and other delicious items.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ITEMS – Assorted foods including desserts, shaved ice, gourmet delicacies and fried goodies such as corn dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for the kids.

ARTS & CRAFTS – European and Polish American artisans and exhibitors displaying their crafts in our unique shoppers’ paradise. Arts and crafts will include, but not be limited to, glass blowing, jewelry making, stone carving, leather crafting and more.

ENTERTAINMENT – Visitors will see full-time entertainment including well-known national and local polka bands and dance groups,

THEME – The main theme and purpose of “2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is to promote the Polish-American culture through food, music, dance, the arts and education.

FESTIVAL HOST – The festival is being sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), which is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival will provide scholarships to Polish-American students and financial assistance to other local groups who promote Polish cultural events. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help build a Polish Community Center here in the Toledo area.


walleye night

 

Come early for a pregame Polish buffet and dance to some authentic Polish music.

Entertainment will be provided by local Polish band, Badinov.

 

Menu includes:

Stanley’s Kielbasa

Pierogi with Sour cream

Sweet & Sour Cabbage

Rye Bread and Butter

Assorted Gourmet Cookies

2 hour cash bar!

 

For tickets, contact the Walleye box office at (419) 725-9255 or visit ToledoWalleye.com and use promo code POLISH at check out.


This year’s Wigilia Celebration will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018.  The celebration will begin at 5:30 pm at Olivet Lutheran Church , 5840 Monroe Street in the Christian Life Center. A video explaining Wigilia will be  shown and participants can share in their memories of Polish Christmas eve at this time.  Afterwards, a meatless meal will be served with singing of Kolendy (Christmas carols).  Come and join us for this most sacred Polish celebration and renew the true meaning of Christmas without the stress of the season.  See old friends and meet new friends.  Call Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167 or Rozanne at 419-944-5312 to reserve your place a our Wigilia celebration.  All are welcome!


The first inductees into the Polish Hall of Fame were recognized at a dinner at Brandywine Country Club on Saturday, November 17th.  The awards reflect recipients who have excelled in the fields of faith, family, labor and culture.   “The goal is to preserve the rich history of Polish immigrants that built a strong foundation in northwest Ohio to earn a living, practice our faith, and raise a family. It was with great honor that we celebrated the inductees and their contribution to our Polish heritage and culture.
The stories and their names will be enshrined in the Northwest Ohio Polish Cultural Center when built. The proceeds from this evening will go towards  making that dream a reality.
It is not too late to donate to the efforts to help build a center that will house not only relics of our past, but offer activities and programs to celebrate our culture today and tomorrow!
Please consider of making a donation to help preserve our history and to celebrate our Polish culture in Northwest Ohio.

In the category of Faith: 

Sr. Ann Klimkowski and John Augustyniak

In the category of Family: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smigielski and The Walinski Family (Richard, Thaddeus, Nicholas, and Nicholas Jr.)

In the category of Entertainment/Culture: Paulina Ortyl and Marty Blaszczyk

In the category of Labor/Work: Joe Szenderski and Lorraine Kwiatkowski

 

 


2018Edit Scholarship Winners

Scholarship awards were presented to the 2018 winners by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.  Pictured ( l.to r. ) are Jackie Konwinski,  Brooke Scally (BGSU),  Stan Machosky, PACT/TPA scholarship coordinator, Meredith Oblizajek (UT),  Rep. Marcy Kaptur,  Payton Kamer (Whitmer H.S.),  Tom Sorosiak, and Alex Drabik (UT).


 

 

 

Brooke Scally

Brooke Scally will be entering Bowling Green State University this fall majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Brooke was on Central Catholic High School’s Woman’s Tennis Team, the honor roll for 4 years, and a 4 year member of the Glee Club (with the lead role in 2 musicals).

She was also a student government representative.

Meredith O

Meredith Oblizajek will be a sophomore at The University of Toledo this fall majoring in Early Childhood Education.

 Meredith is a National Honor Society member and a recipient of numerous Education Department and college scholarship awards.

Meredith wants to help children of foreign language and heritage to learn and grow through language and literacy as a Second Grade Teacher.

Alex Drabik (1)

Alex Drabek graduated from Start High School in May and will be attending the University of Toledo this fall.

Alex was on the Start Track & Field Team and a Group Leader for the YMCA.

Alex is an Eagle Scout and was recently elected into the Order of the Arrow Fraternity by his Scout Troop.

Payton Kamer

Payton Kamer will be a Whitmer High School Senior this fall.

She is on the Varsity Track team (4X100 Relay, Shot Put), current Treasurer of the National Honor Society

and a 2018 Whitmer Engineering Program Ambassador. Payton is also a recipient of numerous math and science awards.