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This year's Valentine's Day Ball hosted by Children's Smile Foundation was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the beautiful restaurant, "Chateau Briand", in Carle Place, New York. Our honorary guest was Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, which has been supporting our charity for many years now. Our special guest from Poland was Krzysztof Ziemiec, a journalist from the Polish news network, TVP. Mr. Ziemiec led the auction, in which we auctioned a gift donated to us by the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, which was a beautiful amber necklace, which sold for $4000. Joanna Sarapata, a Parisian artist, also donated a painting titled, "After the Bath", which was sold to the highest bidder for $3500. We also auctioned a shirt signed by Kamil Stoch, Maciej Kot, Dawid Kubacki, as well as Peter Zyla for $800. A painting by Bogdan Kujawski, who is a longtime friend of the foundation, was sold for $1050. Our Guest Krzysztof Ziemiec, TVP Network Anchor donated his books and DVDs which were sold for $950. We raised a total of $11,000 through the means of the auction. We also organized a lottery during the event, which was sponsored by the company, "Belvedere Bridge". Participants had the chance to win the brand-new iPhone X, as well as “Kruk” jewelry from Beata Jakubowski, 2 Michael Kors fitness watches funded by Joanna Gwozdz and 2 concert tickets to see the band "Perfect", which were funded by Mr. Andrzej Pelczynski. 

The proceeds from this event will be going towards helping children in need. 

The income from the lottery will be donated to help with the cost of rehabilitation of a 5-year-old Leo Hemond from Rhode Island. He has multiple emotional, psychological and developmental difficulties.  He's been diagnosed with seizure disorder and underdeveloped left-brain hemisphere, which controls speech, listening, logical thinking among other things.  He was also diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. Leo requires constant, intensive behavioral therapy 3-5 days a week. The cost of therapy is too high for a single mother of two children to be able to pay for themselves.

Thank you to all the guests for attending the unforgettable night, as well as all our sponsors.  

Paint Auction in the Consulate 2018 

This year auction took place on June 16, 2018 in the Polish Consulate General in Manhattan. The gathered guests were greeted by Vice Consul Mrs. Alicja Tunk. The Vice Consul Mateusz Gmura was also present at the event. The auction was conducted by Mieczyslaw Mietko Rudek. This year, 44 paintings of famous Polish artists were exhibited, there were also works from Poland and 8 patriotic prints. Among the guests were artists, who for years supported the activities of the foundation: Janusz Skowron, Zbigniew Sokolowski, Bogdan Kujawski, Ewa Zeller, Magda Zawadzka and for the first time Maria Natoli. Mrs. Mariola Olbińska gave, as in previous years, a few works as donations of Skorupko "Winter", which was auctioned for $ 800 and several works by Andrzej Dudzinski. The highest price was achieved by the painting by Felix Topolski entitled "Bristol" - $1700 and watercolor "Akt" known throughout Europe. Joanna Sarapata's art was sold for the amount of $ 950. Painter Rafal Ekwinski, who created art for many years in New York, currently lives near Warsaw, sent two pastels on paper, which were acquired by the artist's admirers. Rafal Olbinski gave the collection, "Odlatujace marzenia” or "Departing Dreams", which was sold for $350. The well-known Polish artist Janusz Skowron, who has been supporting our charity for years, has once again donated his paintings to the auctions and donated the image of his son, Artur Skowron. As an additional gift, Janusz Skowron added a second picture, which painted the same morning.

Thanks to the commitment of the Consulate staff, to the guests that joined us this afternoon at the Consulate and artists who donated their work, the auction turned out to be a great success. The collected funds in the amount of over $ 9,300.00 are intended for continuing our mission of helping children harmed by fate. A significant part of the funds went to children from Orphanages and Social Centers in Poland, who sent their artworks and paintings.

"Journey for one smile" - Children’s Day Festival

The annual festival organized by the Children's Smile Foundation on June 9, 2018 at the Holy Cross R.C. Church, Maspeth was attended by many children and adults. 

The gathered guests were welcomed by Bishop Witold Mroziewski and the President of the foundation Mariusz Sniarowski with the Director of the Polish School Waldemar Rakowicz, who also serves as a director of the foundation. This sunny afternoon had begun with a performance of a very talented band GAUDETE directed by Ewa Gindorowicz. The performers were greeted with thunderous applause from the children. Everyone was delighted with beautiful costumes, arrangements and great gadgets. Together with the Gaudete music repertoire, we went on a trip around the world. At the festival also made appearance Motorcycle MC Clubs from New York, who donated funds to help children in need. They entered the schoolyard with their Harleys and everyone could take photos of their motorbikes.

The participants of the festival could also admire the wonderful performance of Natalie Bar and Laura Such, who daringly recited the poem of Jan Brzechwa "Sojka". The children were prepared for the performance by Maria Paluch from the School of Polish Language and Culture St. John Paul II in Maspeth. 

Also, Martha Dance Center band from Ridgewood performed for the first time at the festival. Beautiful choreography, beautiful costumes and most importantly a perfect dance show.

For the youngest attendees there were many attractions such as: face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, colored sand, beauty salon, tattoos and special dishes such as waffles, cotton candy or pancakes. For adults, grilled dishes were prepared and served by the Foundation’s Board Directors.

The Childrens Smile Foundation wishes to thank wholeheartedly the Polish-Slavic Federal Credit Union, the main sponsor of the Children's Day trip "Travel for One Smile". At the festival, ladies from the Maspeth branch with the Manager Mrs. Malgorzata Leniartek, with their super booth, gave out great gifts and prizes to both children and adults.

The money collected from the lottery conducted during the festivities was donated to the family of Joanna Przedworska from New Jersey, who after the death of her husband, is raising five children alone. The grand prize, a 40 " Smart TV was sponsored by the School of Polish Language and Culture of Saint John Paul II in Maspeth. The sponsor of the second prize, an HP laptop was The Perecman Firm.

The Polish-Slavic Federal Credit Union funded 2 gift certificates and 2 colorful suitcases for traveling. Among the additional prizes there were also an American Girl doll ( sponsored by Joanna Gwozdz,Esq. one of the Childrens Smile Foundation directors), 2 boxes of Legos ( sponsored by  J & S Wood Flooring, Inc), 2 daytrips  ( sponsor Voyager Club USA – Joanna Mrzyk Executive Director of the Foundation) as well as many toys and sport games funded by: Pulaski Association of Business and Professional Men, Inc, Doctor Hanna Lesicka, JEPOL CONSTRUCTION, Kongorski Family, Odrowąż - Pieniążek Family, Dr. Joanna Barbara Lis and Greg Wisniewski.

"The Master" band provided the music entertainment. They gathered all the guests onto the dance floor and  made sure that the children along with adults had fun throughout the Festival. 

October RUN

This years "5K Run for Children's Smile" took place on October 21, 2018 in Forest Park, Woodhaven NY. Our great success wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Polska Running Team, Polish General Consul and Mrs. Consul Ewa Jerzykowski. There were more than 200 runners in both categories of the 1K and the 5K. The youngest runner was 2 year old, Ava, who ran 1K with teddy bear and a great smile till the end where she picked up her medal and trophy. In the Mens run 1st place was obtained by Pawel Mysliwiec, 2nd place Krzysztof Rzaca and 3rd place was Tomasz Hajnowicz. In the Womens run Katarzyna Domejko crossed the finish line first followed by Marta Wawrzusiak and then Justyna Dudko. Children smile foundation funded the monetary prizes for the first 3 places of the general race which were the 3 men Pawel Mysliwiec, Krzysztof Rzaca, Tomasz Hajnowicz, all of which donated the prizes back to the foundation in order to help children. We congratulate our winners and wish them great further success. We would also like to thank Artur Tyszuk from the Polska Running Team, as well as the runners of the team, all of the participants of the race, volunteers as well as our numerous sponsors especially: PSFCU, Belvedere Bridge, The Perecman Firm,P.L.L.C., AMN Corporation, Victoria Consulting & Development, Phoenix, Onwelo, Vision Financial Planning, ETS Contracting, Inc, Cobalt Mechanical, Inc, Szkola Jezyka i Kultury Polskiej im.sw.JP II w Maspeth, Pieklo Bakery, K. Zulinski, D.Grochowina as well as the media: Kurier Plus, Super Express, White Eagle i Dziennik Polonijny. 

Thanks to you we can help children in need and bring out even more smiles on their faces.