In just a few short weeks, the Kosciuszko Foundation (KF) will celebrate its 90th anniversary at its Annual Dinner & Ball to be held April 25 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. This special event will observe the KF’s many decades of service to the Polish community, both in the United States and in Poland. Over the years, the organization has supported artists, academics, scientists, and other brilliant minds of Polish heritage. It has also sought to be a positive voice for uniting Polish and American business, learning, and culture.
In addition to the anniversary festivities, the KF will also award its Medal of Recognition to Juliusz Machulski. A previous Foundation grant recipient, Mr. Machulski is an accomplished director, screenwriter, and film producer. Since releasing his famous 1970s comedies depicting historic life in his homeland, he has become one of the most beloved Polish directors both within his own country and abroad.
The honor to be presented to Mr. Machulski is the just latest in the Kosciuszco Foundation’s long history of promoting Polish culture in America. The organization was founded in 1925, 150 years after peasants’ rights advocate and revolutionary, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, volunteered to join the Americans in their fight for freedom from the British.
Since those early days, the KF has grown into a nation-spanning nonprofit with headquarters in New York City and eight regional chapters. Funded entirely by members and generous contributions from corporations, nonprofits, and families, the Foundation annually awards up to $1 million to support a wide variety of scholars, scientists, artists, and other individuals whose work strengthens the ties between the nations of Poland and the United States.
A number of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates team members have long supported the KF and hold leadership positions in the organization. RR&A’s Dawn Polewac is a member of the nonprofit’s National Advisory Council.