Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2016

The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) have announced that their Sixth Annual Scholarship Competition to award $4,000 to area Polish-American students is currently underway.

Over the past five years over $13,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.

The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 8 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?”

Those interested in applying have until May 31, 2016 to complete Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay.

Click on the Scholarship Application icon on the right under “PACT Resourses” to download the application today.

Send you completed application and essay to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH, 43560.

This year, the Kielbasa Cook Off will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  It will be held at St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road in Toledo Ohio.  We are excited about this year’s cook off and want to get the word out early so potential contestants can register in plenty of time.  If you have questions, or would like to be a contestant in this year’s cook off, email us at info@polishcommunity.org or call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811.


Contestant’s Information Sheet

1.  The Kielbasa Cook-Off is being held to determine who makes the “Best” home-made kielbasa in the Toledo area.

2.  The Cook-Off will be held at the St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road, Toledo, Ohio.

3.  The date for the Cook-Off is Saturday, April 23, 2016, and will run from 1 to 6 PM.

4.  Contestants should plan to be at the hall no later than noon and should be prepared to start serving by 1 PM.  Contestants are expected to stay until the event closes at 7 PM.

5.  The public will be invited to attend and will taste test the contestants’ kielbasa.  Ballots will be provided to each person who will be asked to vote for the kielbasa they liked best.

6.  The winner, as selected by the collected ballots, will receive $350 in cash, a trophy and recognition as having Toledo’s best home-made kielbasa.  The runner-up will receive $200 in cash and 3rd place winner will receive $150.

7.  Promotion for the event will be conducted in local newspapers, radio and television.

8.  Contestants should bring a minimum of 60 lbs. of fully cooked and ready to eat kielbasa.  The kielbasa should be sliced into pieces that are 1 inch in length.

9.  Contestants should have a fully functional roaster or pans that are set on wire racks with sternos.  In either case, the kielbasa must be maintained at the minimum serving temperature of 160 degrees.

10. No commercial contestants will be permitted.  The contestants do not pay any registration or entry fees.  However, a check for $50 paid to PACT will be collected before the Cook-Off and returned after the cook-off is finished.  In the event that the contestant does not show up,  the check will be forfeited to PACT.

11. Beer, pop,  coffee cake, sweet & sour cabbage and other foods and condiments  will be provided by PACT, the event sponsor.

12.  A meeting will take place 2 weeks prior to the Cook-Off where contestants can ask questions and all information will be supplied at that time.  All contestants will be notified about the meeting.

Sign Up is now open for the 2015 Kielbasa Klassic 4-Man Golf Scramble!

Click Here to Register for the 2016 Kielbasa Klassic Here

Sunday, August 7th

Whiteford Valley (Blue Course)
7980 Beck Road, Ottawa Lake MI, 10 am start time

$75 per man/ $300 per team

Includes golf, cart, food, beer, pop, team skins, door prizes, challenge holes, and the famous “Kielbasa Klassic” t-shirt.

**Proceeds used to fund PACT scholarships and Child Help, an organization dedicated to helping abused children**

Deadline to enter is July 28, 2015

Click Here to Register for the 2016 Kielbasa Klassic Here


In 2009, a group of Poles gathered at Ski’s Restaurant to address some of the needs of the local Polish community.   Like some of the other area ethnic groups in the Toledo area, the Poles were witness to a dying heritage, with their old Polish neighborhoods becoming blight-ridden and once popular churches closing.  Certainly the future looked bleak.

To address these issues and more, the group formed a new Polish organization — The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT).  Five years later a lot has changed for the Toledo Poles.

Along with spearheading a litany of events that call attention to the Polish heritage, PACT wants to build a much-needed Polish Community Center for the Toledo area.

“Leading up to this point, PACT has been able to successfully promote the Polish heritage with annual events like our Wagilia Celebration, Kielbasa Klassic Golf Tournament, annual scholarship competition, our Kielbasa Cook-off Competition, and more,” said Stan Machosky, President, PACT.  “But now we feel the time has come to try and fulfill a significant part of PACT’s mission — To build a Polish-American Community Center.

When PACT, a Non- Profit 501-C-3 organization, was created in 2009 it had a mission of supporting and furthering the cause of local Polish-American groups and to enhance the lives of local Polish-Americans.  PACT wanted its members to help promote, support, and patronize locally owned Polish-American businesses. PACT wants support for Polish-American business owners, and wanted its members to promote, join and support local and national groups and organizations that help promote events that perpetuate Polish culture and traditions.  But a key piece of that mission was the building of a Polish-American Community Center that would ultimately house a cultural center, library, youth recreation center, and provide a venue for local Polish American groups to hold their activities.

On Sunday August 10, PACT announced an ambitious capital campaign to raise $1 million to build the Polish-American Community Center.

“When Poles first came to Toledo and settled in their neighborhoods, they built churches that served the function of a Polish community center.  As Poles left those neighborhoods, the churches declined in attendance and eventually closed.  However the need for a Polish-American Community Center still exists to help promote the Polish heritage,” said Mr. Machosky.

To meet its financial goal, PACT plans a grassroots campaign to reach out to local Polish-Americans, and to seek grants and donations from area corporations.   In addition PACT plans an on-line fund raising effort with Indiegogo.

“We want a grassroots campaign to make all area Poles feel like they are part of this development.   We also like the idea of an on-line effort which gives us access to Poles and other Polish organizations around the world who may wish to contribute to our effort,” said Mr. Machosky.

PACT says it is hoping to work with a prominent local Pole — Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz — to see what’s available through the Lucas County Land Bank for redevelopment.

Those wishing to make donations can send checks made payable to Polish-American Community of Toledo,  P.O. Box 1033,  Sylvania, OH  43560. They can also visit the Indiegogo.

PACT and Stanley’s Market are once again teaming up for the annual Kielbasa Klassic Golf Scramble.  This year, it will be held on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at the Giant Oak Golf Course on Lewis Avenue in Temperance Michigan.  The starting time is 10:00 AM.  The price for the scramble will be the same as in years past:  $75 per man or $300 per team.  This price includes golf, cart, food, beer and pop, team skins, door prizes, challenge holes and the famous “Kielbasa Klassic” t-shirt!  This year, there are 2 ways to register.  Just click here to sign up on the PACT site.  There you can choose to download the sign up sheet and fill it out and send it with your check to PACT, or go to Kielbasa Klassic’s website and sign up there online.  The deadline to enter is July 28th, 2014.  Proceeds from this event go to  the scholarship fund.  Please direct your  questions to Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167.  Last year’s winners were: Dave Martin, John Danielski, Jim Carey and Tom Cunningham.

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The Polish American Community of Toledo is happy to announce that along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance, we will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to High School/College students based on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay submitted about “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means To Me”.

To apply for one of these scholarships, download the scholarship application located on the right.  It can be sent to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH  43560.  The deadline for receiving applications is May 31, 2014.

Anyone can apply for these scholarships, so if you have a family members, or know of someone who would benefit from this, please forward this information on to them.

Email us at info@polishcommunity.org with your questions.

P1070252PHOTO:  Last year’s scholarship winners, Kassidy Regent, Joseph DuPuis and Emily Howland (winner of the Martin A. Blaszczyk Memorial Scholarship) with Stan Machosky, President of PACT Board of Directors and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

PACT NEWSLETTER Hello to all PACT members. We hope that your summer is going well and you are enjoying the great weather while it is here! This summer, PACT was able to benefit from two fundraisers. Both were golf tournaments. The first, held in June was sponsored by Ski’s Restaurant. It was the 3rd annual golf tournament held at the Legacy Golf Club. This year, 56 participants played for first place.

The second golf tournament, The Kielbasa Klassic, was held in August and was sponsored by Ski’s and Stanley’s Market. The 4 man scramble was held at Giant Oak Golf Course. Sixty players participated in this tournament. All proceeds went to the Polish American Community of Toledo. Some of these proceeds will be used for scholarships to area students. We also hope to save money to ultimately create a Polish Community Center in the Toledo Area.

We also had a presentation by our Congresswoman, Marcy Katpur in June and another presentation this July by Tom Waniewski, who is running for State Senate. There are a few events coming up that we would like to share with you. Some of them are in the planning stages and as more information becomes available, we will let you know. Starting in September, anyone who enjoys playing euchre can come to Ski’s and play in our euchre tournament. It will start on Sunday, September 12th, and run every other Sunday till November 14th. There will be a cash prize for every tournament played.

We are also planning some great events in October for Polish Heritage Month. We will be showing the movie “Nine Days That Changed the World” at the Maumee Theatre. We are also hoping to have an art exhibit of a local Polish artist at the theatre as well. PACT would like to start showcasing some of the local Polish artists throughout the end of this year and into 2011. We are looking for local Polish artists that may want to share their art or even be willing to give a demonstration. PACT will also present its second “Service Award” to an individual of Polish heritage who has contributed their time and talents to serve the Polish community of Toledo area. If you know of anyone who you think deserves this award, please let us know. We are also planning a Kielbasa Cook-off . Anyone who makes their own kielbasa can enter the cook off. Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners. Beer, Polish music and kielbasa; what could be better than that! We will be sharing dates, times, and places for these events on our website: www.polishcommunity.org, as well as on our facebook page and group page. We also list events from other Polish groups in the area so if you know of other group events that you would like us to put on our website, e-mail us at info@ polishcommunity.org, or call us Tim at 419-410-6167.

Of course, we are always looking for new ideas and talents from the area’s Polish community, so if you have an idea or a talent to share, let us know. Or if you would just like to help out by volunteering, we would greatly appreciate your help. PACT is currently working on an application for a scholarship to give to a deserving student from the Toledo area. Information on how to apply for this scholarship will be on our website soon. Just a reminder to our members: PACT will be sending out a reminder to members whose membership dues will soon expire. All memberships paid now will be good till the end of 2011. We hope everyone will help PACT out by sending in their 2011 membership fees. Just $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family of two for one year!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Once again, PACT is busy in our quest to uphold our Mission Statement; specifically our promise to promote our rich Polish heritage and culture.  The Wigilia (Christmas Eve) celebration plans are progressing and we are excited that this traditional Christmas celebration will be offered to the Polish community.  We hope everyone will be able to attend.  All proceeds will go to needy Polish families to help them have a happier Christmas holiday.  Don’t forget, if you have any traditions that you would like to share, or ideas for the Wigilia, please e-mail us with your suggestions at infor@polishcommunity.org.  Also, don’t forget the Peggy Grant presentation which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m., and the Polish-American National Sports Hall of Fame will be at Ski’s on Tuesday, November 24th, at 7:15 p.m.  Call Ski’s restaurant at 419-882-1199 to reserve a seat for these two presentations.  Don’t forget to make dinner reservations! Continue reading…

August has been a busy time for everyone with so many people going on vacation.  PACT has been busy also.  On Wednesday, August 19th, we had a presentation from one of the jurors in the Fr. Robinson murder trial.  Denise (she has asked us not to provide her last name) talked about how the jury came to a guilty verdict in this trial.  Because much of the evidence was not available to the jury, Denise explained that with what they knew at the time, a guilty verdict was the only verdict they felt was proper.  Since then, Denise has become aware of evidence that was not made available to them at the time of the trial.  Although she didn’t want to speak for any of the other jurors, she said that if this evidence would have been available to the jury, Denise is not sure the jurors would have come to the same verdict as they did.  Denise repeatedly said she would never want to have the future of someone’s life in her hands again and told of many sleepless nights struggling to come to terms with the trial and their verdict. Continue reading…