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Valentine’s Day Ball

The annual Children’s Smile Foundation’s Valentine’s Day Ball was held on February 13th, 2016 in the Elegant Elite Palace of Woodside. Every year during the Ball, individuals who are dedicated to the fate of sick children, are honored by the Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Natkaniec, the owners of the company AMN Corporation Heating & Plumbing Contractor, were honored for the long standing support of the Children’s Smile Foundation and it’s activities. The entertainment was provided under direction of Mrs. Bozena Konkiel from Kobo Music Studio. Claudia Nytko, Nicholas Capons, and Robert Bronchard presented music in the classical style.

In the annual tradition of the Children’s Smile Foundation an auction was held to profit the needy children. In this year’s auction, led by the President of the Foundation, Marek Skulimowski, the emotions were intense. Among some of the items auctioned, were an autographed shirt by Robert Lewandowski, a member of the national polish soccer team, an autographed photo by Justyna Kowalczyk and a ball with signatures of polish tennis players. Additionally there were lithographs and Rafal Oblinski’s newest book, paintings by Bogdan Kujawski, Zbigniew Sokolowski and Halina Wiel. Thanks to the donors and participants the profits from this year’s auction was a remarkable $6,200.00.

Also a raffle was held to provide an opportunity for the guests to support the efforts of the Foundation in assisting in the fight against eye cancer of Matilda Jastrowicz. Each purchased raffle ticket helped to support the necessary treatment of this young girl and gave the participants a chance to win many attractive prizes. The guests of honor, Mr and Mrs. Natkaniec, funded the grand prize: a 55-inch Samsung Television. American Tavel Abroad funded a plane ticket from New York to Warsaw, the Foundation, a GoPro Camera, the company INGLOT, an attractive cosmetics set and Broadway tickets, and the Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union, raffle gift baskets and gift certificates. The lucky ones were also able to draw jewelry from Tiffany & Co. and many other consolation prizes. We would like to dearly thank our sponsors for the awards they provided. Through the raffle we managed to collect $3,260.00 from the purchase of raffle tickets for the lottery. This money helped to pay for Matilda’s stay at Ronald McDonald House in New York and her treatment with Dr. Abramson.

The total income of the Ball was more than $18,000.00, which will allow us to help children in need. The wonderful musical setting for the event was the responsibility of The Masters, who for many years have been engaged in the activities and events of Children’s Smile Foundation. Their exceptional performance of well-known hits kept many guests on the dance floor until the late hours of the evening.

Recital Of Artur Rucinski At The Polish Consulate

By the courtesy of Consul General Urszula Gacek, CSF organized the fundraiser inside the Polish Consulate for Magda and Nina Adamczak from Poland, on March 3, 2016. Well-known Artur Rucinski talented baritone, new polish star of the Metropolitan Opera with accompanying pianist Craig Ketter performed specifically for CSF. Artists performed the Arias from operas by Bellini, Donizetti Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Verdi, and songs by Karłowicz.

The concert was to assist Magdalena and Nina Adamczak - young girls who are genetically burdened and can only perform basic functions with expensive rehabilitation.

We collect $2,286 for medical treatment for Magda and Nina.

Hawaiian Kids Day

On June 5th 2016, a “Hawaiian Kids Day” was organized by The Children’s Smile Foundation. This year’s festival and donations were dedicated to two sick girls: Gabriela Weese who was born with slight cerebral palsy and requires rehabilitation, and Aniela Płochocki who suffers from cancer of the eye and is in need of expensive chemotherapy. The event was held in the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, but  it  felt like it was held on a tropical island of Hawaii. The directors and volunteers were dressed in Hawaiian attires. The program included activities such as performances by Gaudete under the direction of  Ewa Gindorowicz, Sparkles led by Danuta Zakrzewski, and Paulina Nowakowski. There were also many contests with prizes, games, sports competitions, hula dance lessons and arts and crafts. Time passed by pleasantly with music played by DJ IKEZ JR. The guests were officially welcomed by the President of the Children’s Smile Foundation, Marek Skulimowski. The participants were invited to traditional meals from the grill buffet. Children also enjoyed cotton candy, popcorn, waffles, face painting, temporary tattoos, an inflatable slide and trampoline. There was also cold beer for the adults.

The guests also took part in a lottery. The proceeds went entirely to the treatment of Gabriela and Aniela. Thanks to the commitment and energy of the participants, the event was very successful despite the rainy weather. The foundation works for such a good cause that it attracts people of good will, even in remote areas. It turns out that you can combine business with pleasure, and enjoy forms of entertainment and leisure activities while still bringing benefit to others. Participation in the charity event allowed for individuals to experience some fun and to help those in need at the same time.

We collected $ 6,539.00 for medical treatment for these girls. Many thanks to everyone who joined in the action and in particular to our generous sponsors: Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union, Joanna Gwozdz, Esq, The Perecman Firm, PLLC, Bridge Capital Enterprises LTD, Lowell Foods, AMN Corporation,     AJ Greenwich Management Corp., Syrena Bakery Inc, Automax Services, Inc, The Heller Law Firm, Kurier Plus, Poland US, Radio Rampa, Super Express, Krasnale Polish-American Family Group, Ridgewood Saving Bank, John Paul II Polish Supplementary School of Maspeth Inc, Krakus Deli, Inc, W.Star Remodeling, Inc, European Deli. We ask them and others to always be with us.

Evening with the Art

On June 12, 2016, The Children’s Smile Foundation together with Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, held an annual art auction, called “Evening with the Art”.  The auction took place at the Polish Consulate in New York. It gathered many great artists, performers and guests. General Consul Urszula Gacek commenced the evening by extending warm greetings to all participants.

Shortly thereafter, there was a wonderful performance by Kobo Music Studio (Robert Bronchard, Kerri Thomson and Nicholas Kaponyas)  followed by a jazz duet of Krzysztof Medyna -saxophone and Andrzej Winnicki – piano.

Performers left the audience amazed and uplifted making a way for Mr. Marek Skulimowski      to smoothly proceed to the main event.

During the auction, we were privileged to present paintings donated by such artist as:

R. Olbinski, J. Skowron, A. Skowron, B. Kujawski, Z. Sokolowski, H. Bakula, E. Banecki, T.Betlej, P. Bielecki, A. Bilinski, R. Horowitz, K. Kamont,  J.Kapusta, W.Karwowski, I.Kieltyka, R. Kowanski, J.Kuszaj,  R.Matejko, R.Mucha, S.Mrozowski, B.Osnowicz, J.Plucha, P.Powietrzynski, M. Rudek, J. Sroka M. Starzec, A. Szoski, H. Wiel,  E. Zeller and F.M.Benett.

Among many auctioned paintings, we sold a lithography by Rafal Olbinski for $1500, acrylic by Pawel Bielecki for $ 700 and acrylic by Bogdan Kujawski for $ 650.00

We also auctioned paintings and art work sent to us by children from orphanages in Jelenia Gora, St. Brother Albert Association in Stalowa Wola, Special Education Center “ Kormoran” in Elk and “Nike” Association  for Disabled People from Bialystok in Poland.

All together, we were able to collect $10,800.00. The money will be wisely used to continue our mission to help unprivileged children. A significant portion of the money went to orphanages in Poland.

The Children’s Smile Foundation is honored to be supported by all the great artists and performers who were willing to donate their work, time and talents for such a meaningful cause which is changing lives of the sick and poor children. We also want to thank wholeheartedly all the guests for their generosity. Also we would like to thank our sponsors: Amber Steakhouse and Syrena Bakery. This event was a great success because you have decided to open your hearts to us and to the children.

Birthday Fundraiser at the Natkaniec Family House

On the 27th of August 2016, Mr. Andrzej and Malgorzata Natkaniec with Ewa and Janusz Natkaniec organized a birthday party in their home, inviting their family and closest friends. It was a pleasant summer evening, with delicious food prepared by the hosts and a good time all around. The Natkaniec family was generous enough to donate $4,000 from the party to the Children’s Smile Foundation to help children in need. Thank you so much for your big hearts so open to helping others!

Run for a Children’s Smile

“Run for a Children’s Smile,” organized by the Children’s Smile Foundation was held on Sunday, October 16th, 2016. This was yet another charity event organized by the foundation in cooperation with Polska Running Team under the honorary patronage of the Polish Consulate General in New York. This year’s event took place in Forest Park in Queens. The event was divided into three parts: the youngest participants ages from 4-7, the older children ages 8-12 ran for one kilometer, and the adults ran a 5 kilometer race. The adult course route was designed by Artur Tyszuk of the Polska Running Team.     This year, contestants ran a road through the park and also a section that ran through the forest. The weather was gorgeous, bright and sunny. The race was attended by 156 adults and 70 children. The guest of honor was Consul Malgorzata Rejek-Radon, who came with her family and officially opened the race.

Among the women, Karolina Niepokoj won, Katarzyna Domejko placed second, and Marta Wawrzusiak placed third.  Among the men, Gracjan Budzilowicz won, Joseph Iwan placed second, and Tomasz Draus placed third. In the youngest category of 4-7 years old, Maciej Kucmierz came in the first place, Gabrysia Kucmierz came in as second, and Ola Kolano came in the third. In the 8-12 year old category, Aleksander Jopek came in the first place, Krystian Bar came in the second, and Jakub Radon came in the third. Trophies were presented to the winners by the President of the foundation Marek Skulimowski and Vice President Mariusz Sniarowski, awards for the best runners were funded by the Maspeth branch of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union and personally handed out by Margaret Leniartek the branch manager of the bank. Sunday’s event in forest park turned out to be a very successful family gathering. The atmosphere of the event was joyful as demonstrated by the laughing faces of the participants and organizers. “Run for a Children’s Smile” is the second event of this kind carried out by the foundation and will certainly continue to be held in the future.

The aim of “Run for a Children’s Smile” was to collect the funds necessary to help disadvantaged children that rely on the foundation for help. In total, the event raised    $ 6,678.00 and this sum will be donated to the children in need. The foundation would like to wholeheartedly thank all participants and sponsors of the event. Special thanks go to the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, Polska Running Team, Belvedere Bridge, Victoria Consulting & Development LLC, Vision Financial Planning, Attorney Mariusz Sniarowski, Inglot USA, AMN Corporation and the School of Polish Language and Culture in the name of John Paul II in Maspeth for their generous donations. We would also like to thank the Polska Running Team who in large numbers took part in the race and the volunteers who helped to organize the event. 

Halloween Party

The Children’s Smile Foundation’s had a pleasure to host a Halloween Party!  This fun event took place on October 29th at the Amber Health Club in Greenpoint. We are grateful for the generosity of the club owners, who gave our organization free access to the premises. The event raised $2,640.00 designated for the help of disadvantaged children in need. The participants were dressed up in Halloween costumes and each and every one of them was clearly a hit! The creativity and diversity of costumes delighted everyone. To name just a few, among the ladies there were witches, Maya the bee, sexy schoolgirls, flight attendants and many others. The festivities with a wonderful DJ included champagne, humor, and a hot and cold buffet that was prepared by the directors of the Foundation.

Meetimg with Santa

Our annual Christmas Party was held on Saturday, December 3rd, at St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood and was attended by 217 children and 180 adults. There was a wide variety of attractions for the guests including contests, arts & crafts, face painting, dances, a clown show from the “Circus Show,” a raffle with very attractive prizes, and a performance by the children's group “Gaudete" of Maspeth. The “Gaudete,” directed by Ewa Gindorowicz, once again delivered a beautiful performance of popular Christmas carols. The music and great entertainment were performed by a well-known band, “The Masters.” As always there were plenty of food and refreshments, including a hot dinner prepared for all guests by the European Deli of Middle Village. Children received gifts from the Santa Clause that were prepared by the Foundation and sponsored by Lowell Foods.

Among the special guests were Consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Sabina Klimek with her husband Wojciech and daughter Julia. Also in attendance were members of the Board of Directors of Children’s Smile Foundation.

More than five thousand dollars were raised during this holiday event, including $2,285 from the lottery alone, dedicated to help disadvantaged children and their parents from New York and orphanages in Poland.            

The event was led by Joanna Mrzyk, Executive Director of the Foundation. The event was made possible with the support of many sponsors among which were: Lowell Foods, Syrena Bakery, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, Bridge Capital Enterprises, Ridgewood Saving Bank, Euro Deli, Dr. Iwona Mienko, Kearny Federal Savings, Maspeth Dental Savings, Megiel Funeral Home and Krakus Deli.

Krystyna Kopyto for past few years organized a Christmas Fundraiser in her home, inviting her friends. This year Ms. Kopyto donated amount of 3,800 to the children in the Stalowa Wola Ochronka and Orphanage in Bialystok. Thank you for sharing with us possibility to support and bring the smile to the faces of the children in the Orphanage.

Holiday Children’s Smile with Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union

More than $133,000 was collected for three children’s hospices in Poland and for needy Polish-American children in metropolitan New York and Chicago. The annual edition of the “Holiday Children’s Smile” charity drive , organized for the third time by the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) and New York’s Children’s Smile Foundation.

During the drive which lasted from November 25, 2016, to January 14, 2017, PSFCU members raised a total of $133,204 US dollars, making donations at the seventeen branches of the Polish ethnic financial institution as well as online. $45,769 of that amount will go to a children’s hospice in Rzeszow, the “Help Them” children’s hospice in Bialystok will get $41,995, and the “Alma Spei” children’s hospice in Krakow recommended by Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda will receive $32,697. PSFCU members donated $12,742 to the account of the Children’s Smile Foundation, which supports needy Polish-American children.