There were nearly 200 guests at our Independence Banquet and Polonez Ball at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Mr. Robert Szydlowski was Master of Ceremony. After the Polish and American anthems and the invocation by Rev. Hubert Zasada all were welcome by Dr. Wojciech Golik, Honorary Consul of Poland. His remarks were followed by Prof. Michal Rozbicki’s presentation “The Polish Cause – Sprawa Polska”. The program continued as follows. Four beautiful debutantes: Ms. Celina Cywinski, Ms. Emily Olmstead, Ms Gabriella Kauppila-Roeder, and Ms. Molly Roeder were presented by Mr. Edwin Brzezinski. Ms. Kathryn Mayer of the Alexandra Ballet danced exquisitely Chopin’s Prelude from Les Sylphides. Ms. Brittany Moleski sang wonderfully several Polish songs by Chopin, Moniuszko, and Rutkowski. She was expertly accompanied by Dr. Barbara Lamont on the piano. The songs were followed by Chopin’s Prelude Op.28 No 17 and Nocturne Op.9 No.4 memorably played by Dr. Andrzej Zahorski. Oginski’s Polonaise ended the artistic program. It was first beautifully and elaborately rendered by eight pairs of dancers who were then joined by many guests remembering the dance from their “studniowka” (the Polish prom) years. After the Polonaise the guests were entertained by the 17-player band, The Diz Strohman Big Badn from Edwardsville, IL. Our unforgettable ball lasted until midnight.