Debutantes Step Out At Waldorf=Astoria
NEW YORK – The Kosciuszko Foundation Annual Dinner and Ball, held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan on Saturday, April 25th, 2015, was, as always, a festive affair. After a cocktail hour in an adjoining room, guests assembled at the Grand Ballroom for a night of awards, speeches, performances, and dancing. With Anna Komorowska, First Lady of the Republic of Poland, as the Honorary Chairwoman, and Christine Kuskowski and Mary Key Pieski, Ph. D, as Ball Chairwomen, the ball featured the Gerald Carelli Orchestra, as well as trumpet players to honor the occasion. After dinner, Julisz Machulski, the acclaimed Polish film director, received a Medal of Recognition. KF’s Pioneer Awardee was Wanda Senko, for “lifetime contributions to the enrichment of the Kosciuszko Foundation.” Finally, Dr. Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, founder and organizer of the KF’s Collegium of Eminent Scientists, and Sigmund Rolat, Holocaust survivor and “driving force behind the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw,” received Spirit of the KF Awards. Next, after a colorful stage presentation by the Polish-American Folk Dance Company, Debutante Patroness Ms. Juliana Fazio and Debutante Patroness Ms. Dawn Polewac introduced this year’s debutantes. While the four debutantes were breathtaking in their long white dresses, the highlight of the evening was the Grand Polonaise, performed by the Polish-American Folk Dance Company, the debutantes, and, increasingly, by the ball’s guests. Dancing continued until late into the night.
By Ewa Bronowicz