AM-POL Eagle Citizens of the Year…
National – Anthony Bajdek
Sports – Jennifer Stuczynski
Law – Judge Michael Pietruszka
Religion – Father Anzelm Chalupka
Individual in Organizations – Florence Oleszek
Youth – Corinne Lasek
Politics – Scott Bylewski
Music – Jerry Darlak and the Touch
Military/Veteran – Jozefa Solecka, Krystyna Pienkowska, and Alfreda Miecyjak
Media – Chris Byrd
Heritage – The Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY
Health/Medicine – Dr. Kevin Cichocki
Government – Catherine Rybczynski
Education – Fr. Charles Jagodzinski, OFM Conv.
Culture – Andy Golebiowski
Community Leader (non-Pole) – Mary Holland
Community Organization – Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Business – Mazurek Bakery
Art & Drama – The Production of Flis by the Chopin Singing Society
In about twelve hours…I am going to be sitting in a room full of people gathered to honor the AM-POL Eagle’s Citizens of the Year.
I look at the list of people and can’t believe I am being honored along with them.
My Polish heritage is something I have always been proud of…I am also proud of my East Side Buffalo heritage…using my God given talents to help my old neighborhood is a labor of love…my ancestors came to America with hope of a better life…they poured their hearts into Buffalo’s East Side…what I do and how I do it is to honor them.
In my heart of hearts, I know the neighborhood will never be the neighborhood I grew up in, but I do know that its past should never be forgotten and that elements of it can be part of its future.
There are times I wonder what the heck am I doing or if I am making a difference…this award tells me that I am.