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ACPC National Convention
July 30th – August 2nd In Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY— All are invited to participate in and enjoy the many activities and events planned for the 66th Annual Convention of the American Council for Polish Culture July 30 – August 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency-Buffalo Hotel (downtown).

On Thursday evening at 8 PM, will be the much anticipated annual vocal recital given by the recently selected ACPC Marcella Kochanska-Sembrich scholarship recipient, Alexandra Nowakowska at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College.   Nowakowska (bio attached) will present selections by Chopin, Poulenc, Bellini, Gounod and Massenet.   The concert is free and open to the public.

On Friday afternoon, the convention delegates will have an opportunity to tour “old Polish Buffalo” once again under the guidance of Greg Witul.

On Saturday evening Acting President Mary Ellen Tyszka will host the Annual Awards Banquet in the Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.   Cocktails at 6 PM; Dinner and Awards presentation at 7 PM.   Music provided by David Sowinski.   ACPC traditionally presents awards to those who have made a difference in fostering an interest in Polish heritage and culture.   This year’s recipients are as follows:

•            Distinguished Service: Marcin Chumiecki, Director, The Polish Mission, Orchard Lake Schools, Michigan

•            Cultural Achievement: Szymon Tolak, Polish Cultural Foundation of Boston;

•            Founders Award: ACPC Members Ange Iwanczyk, Pittsburgh, PA, and Mary Ann Mlynarski of Youngstown, OH; and

•            Special Lifetime Achievement Award to the Very Reverend Canon Philip S. Majka, Diocese of Arlington, VA.

Business sessions are open to the public but comments and voting are not. Business sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency-Buffalo on Thursday 9-12:30 PM and 2-5 PM; Friday 9 AM – 1 PM and Saturday 9 AM – Noon. For the entire duration of the convention the convention boutique will be open where arts and crafts items and books will be available for purchase.

For more information contact Convention Co-Chair Debbie Majka at 215-627-1391 or


About the American Council for Polish Culture: Founded in 1948, the ACPC is a national non-profit organization uniting like-minded groups and individuals in cities across the United States in promoting Polish culture, heritage and history, and intercultural understanding. Learn more about their scholarships, projects and programs at