BY: Ms. Gloria Consolacion Tamayo Cressler
Correspondence & TV Host
Photographs by: Bill Lee Lanndis
The Polish-American Medical Society
(PAMS) 66th Annual Physicians Ball
was a smashing
success. The organization put a very elegant and classy
event that everyone enjoyed, which
started with a kick-off party celebrating Honorary
Guests at the Polish Consulate in Chicago on a Friday
afternoon. The President of PAMS Dr. Kornelia Krol
opened the program by introducing the speakers:
starting with Consul
Robert Rusiecki and Secretary of State of the Republic
Jan Dziedziczak, who presented a congratulatory letter
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RP.
After the introductions the consulate
prepared delicious food for all the guests to enjoy,
these attendees came from various states of the United
States and from Europe.
Then at 4.00 P.M. they gave us a tour of
the city of Chicago. It was very cold and brisk day, but
still such a pleasure to see famous places and buildings
all over Chicago. Afterwards we were brought to the Polish
Museum, another beautiful building in the heart
of Chicago providing us with a tour of the Paderewski
Jan Paderewski was
a composer, the Prime Minister of the reborn Poland
considered a hero by the Polish people who had
accomplished much when alive to help his country. The
Managing Director of the Polish Museum is Ms. Malgorzata
Kot, MA, MLIS. When you go to Chicago make sure to
visit the Polish Museum - you can learn a lot about the
history and the life of the polish people, and you can
support the museum by buying products made in Poland at
their museum store.
The program began with welcome greetings by the
President of PAMS: Dr. Kornelia Krol and Dr. Ewa
Radwanska who is KF
Trustee introduced the Guest
Speaker: Alex Storozynski,
the Chairman of the Board of the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Mr. Storozynski is an award-winning journalist received
many awards starting with the "Lech Walesa Media Award,”
also decorated with Poland’s "Gold Cross of Merit" by
the President of Poland: Lech Kaczyski and the
"Officer's Cross of Merit" by President, Bronislaw
Komorowski. He has written so many popular books, and
has also received many media awards.
That evening an introduction of the
Honorary Members of PAMS started with
Dr. George Krol, Dr. Jaroslaw Maciejewski, Dr. Andrzej Matyja,
Dr. Malgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska and Dr. Andrzej
were also special guests that night, Emilio Williams of
the University of Chicago and John Stubbington of Ashley
Livesey, MEDICOVER. After the program they
served delicious polish food and the music, a unique
experience was performed by the Medical Doctors
The following evening the event at the
Gala Black Tie event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel began
with a beautiful cocktail reception. All the ladies
wearing beautiful, elegant evening gowns and the men
looking good in there Black Tie outfits while drinking
champagnes, wines and eating delicious hors
d'oeuvres while mingling
and having pictures taken with the other guests as
guests continued to arrive. Dr. Kornelia Krol and a
member of her board was in the reception line to receive
their VIP GUESTS and Dignitaries headed by the Governor
Bruce Rauner of
Chicago and his lovely wife.
The masters of ceremony Alan
Anchor and Reporter, ABC7 Chicago and Candace
Chicago Tribune opened the program and introduced
of PAMS Dr. Kornelia Krol who
welcomed all guests and presented the guest of honorMr.
Alex Storozynski. After the speech of the Guest
of Honor came with greetings from Hon.
Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois,
Hon. Mark Kirk, US Senator, Hon. Bob Dold, US
Representative and Hon. Ryszard Schnepe, the Ambassador
of Poland. Following
that was the introduction of Honorary members which we
mentioned above. There was a special recognition for
Pioter Witkowski and Mr. Emilio Williams, both received
the Sports Award.
This year was the 70th
of the Polish-American Medical Society (PAMS) in
Throughout its’ history their society has become one of the respected
organizations of the Chicago area considered a very
influential Polonia organization, and are a member of
the Polish-American Congress. A very important local
affiliate of the Chicago Medical Society whose present
President is Dr. Kathy Tynus, her roots are also from
Poland, and PAMS welcomed her as a member. They have
over 480 physicians-members representing many
specialties - they are the largest Polish Medical émigré
organization in the world. Every year they have an
annual Physicians Ball
to benefit charities.
The Gala is to benefit the Paderewski
Symphony Orchestra and Educational
Funds of the Polish-American Medical Society. The
Paderewski Symphony Orchestra formerly called The
Polish-American Symphony Orchestra (PASO).
Its’ mission is to organize concerts of
Polish music, to promote Polish music and culture in the
U.S. and to provide music education. The Director of the
Ms. Barbara Bilszta who is also an accomplished
The Educational Funds of the
Polish-American Medical Society: PAMS Academic
provides tuition scholarships to qualified graduate
students from Chicago area- for studies at a medical,
dental or veterinary school in the US or in Poland. The
Examination and Science Fund: its purpose is to
provide financial help towards tuition cost of the
course preparing medical graduates from Poland to pass
the American licensing examination, and to award
research, science and achievement grants and prizes to
recognize outstanding efforts of a medical students and
graduates of Polish descent in the Chicago area.
The food served that night was a
sumptuous Filet Mignon Steak and Lobster in which every
guest thoroughly enjoyed. After dinner there were
several tables offering delicious desserts made by (Oak
Mill Bakery). I am still having dreams about these
lovely desserts. The desserts were accompanied by
flowing Champagne ‘till the wee hours of the night.
After the dinner the entertainment
started with the Polonaise and waltz dance by
The dancers were wearing beautiful costumes and
they danced so gracefully, and after their dance they
invited the guests to join them on the dance floor.
Yours truly was one of them and it was truly a lot of
fun. This was followed by the legendary Boney
M (from England) and the Dancing Green. Both
groups were very good. The guests had so much fun
dancing ‘till the wee hours. It was such a pleasure to
see these hard working doctors enjoying themselves that
night. As you know everyone deserves and needs a good
break from their hard days’ work. The following day was
Sunday, Dr. Kornelia Krol invited us to her beautiful
home for another delightful spread of food that was
enjoyed by all of us.
The Board of Directors of
the (PAMS) begins
with President Dr. Kornelia Krol, Vice Presidents Dr.
Eva Bloda and Dr. Ewa Radwanska, Treasurer Dr. Adam T.
Cios, Secretarys Dr. Evelina Worwag and Dr. Jagoda
Samulak, Board Members: Dr. Lukasz Chebes, Dr. Beata
Danek, Dr. Janusz Danko, Dr. Katarzyna Kusz, Dr. Josef
F. Mazurek and Dr. Bart Wojewnik.
Honorary Members include:
Dr. Kazimierz Nowak, Dr. Ewa Elenberg, Dr. Miroslaw
Wielgos, Dr. Michael Hibner, Dr. Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts,
Dr. Bronislava Sivicka, Dr. Stella Nowicki, Dr. Krystyna
Grabowska, Dr. Maria Ogonowska Wisniewska, Dr. Ewa
Kuligowska, Dr. Krzytsztof Krawczynski, Dr. Grzegorz
Opala. Dr. Ryszard Poreba, Dr. Mariusz Ratajczak, Dr.
Maria Siemionow, Dr. Kazimierz Szolc, and Dr. Jerzy Woy-Wojciechowski.
Ball Organizing Committee:
Chair Dr. Kornelia Krol, Co-Chair Ewa Turowski, Dr.
Krystyna Wagenhejm-Ciesielski, Dr. Ewa Radwanska, Dr.
Adam Cios, Dr. Katarzyna Kusz, Dr. Beata Danek, Dr.
Jagoda Samulak, Dr.Lukasz Chebez, Dr. Jozef Mazurek,
Dr. Janusz Danko, Dr. Bart Wojewnik, Dr. Ewa Bloda, Dr.
Evelina Worwag, Dr. Agata Turowski, Dr. Marta Worwag,
Dr. Andrzej Ciesielski, Dorothy Di Medio and Kinga
Medicover Hospital Warsaw, Dr. Anna Bednarska -Czerwinska,
Dr. Kornelia Krol, Dr. Krystyna Wagenhejm-Ciesielski,
Bozena and Arie Zweig, Grazyna Maneykowska-Archer Gold,
Marlene Mazurek, Oak Mill Bakery, University of Chicago,
Presence Resurrection Medical Center, PAMS Board of
Directors, MedMal Direct, Six Corners Surgery, Dr. Mira
Kuder and Dr. Slawek Urgacz, Elite Professional
Networking Group, GloriasCollection.com, Accenture
Strategy and Gloria T. Cressler.
Polvision, Dziennik Zwiazkowy, Polski FM-92.7 FM, Black
Tie International Magazine, VIP Advertising and
Promotions, Revia, Polskie Radio 1030 AM, and WPNA 1490
While we are at several of the events we met a lot of
wonderful people including our friends from Nashville
the Nowicki Family Dr. Bogdan Nowicki, Dr. Stella
Nowicki, Natalie and Alex Nowicki who are also studying
to be doctors. And the new people we met starts with Dr.
Kusia Kusz who bid for the Brain Upgrade Program, Dr.
Teresa Tam, Dr. and Mrs. Grazyna Piekos, Dr. Andrzej J.
Jakubowlak, Dr. John Bajgrowicz, Dr. Anne Szpindor,
Bogna Iwanowska-Solak President/Founder Oak Mill Bakery,
Lidia Kowalewicz Executive Director Polish Roman
Catholic Union of America,
Laura Krajecki Smolinski & Darik Solinski,
Erica Donaghey VP of Corporate Programs MedMal DIRECT,
Anna Kalata and many many more.
We thank all the VIP Guests, all the guests
and the sponsors for supporting these fabulous events. I
congratulate the Ball Organizing Committee, the members
and volunteers who helped make these events very
successful beginning with the Polish Consulate, the
Polish Museum, of course the Black Tie Gala event at the
Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Brunch at the home of Dr.
Krol. All done with panache and so professionally –
truly an impressive feat. A job beautifully done. They
are all memorable, it will be hard to forget. All the
guests were nice and friendly and that makes the event
so much more enjoyable. Looking forward to the future
events. For contacts for PAMS call their President Dr.
Kornelia Krol at 1-773-799-0544. or
for more info go to www.zlpchicago.org.
Gloria T. Cressler
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