The Kosciuszko Foundation’s upcoming 79th Annual Dinner and Ball will feature an Olympic gold medal winner, opera star, and NBC news anchor. The event aims to raise funds to finance the foundation’s cultural events, educational programs, operations, advocacy, and art gallery. The Kosciuszko Foundation also awards scholarships to pay the tuition of American students of Polish descent and to fund study abroad and student exchange programs in Poland.
Justyna Kowalczyk, who is from Poland, earned the gold medal in the women’s 10-kilometer cross country classical race at the 2014 Sochi Olympics two weeks after she broke her foot. She will be honored at the ball, which will also include special guest Tom Llamas, the co-anchor of NBC News 4 in New York, and a performance by Edyta Kulczak, a Polish mezzo-soprano who has sung around the world. Through donations and ticket sales from guests and longtime supporters such as the New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., the Kosciuszko Foundation continues to promote education and understanding of Polish culture and history in the United States.