Polonia gathered to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Women’s Alliance Day and Polish Apostolate Day on Sunday, August 26, 2007, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.
During the 12:30 P.M. Mass, the Pride of Polonia Award was presented to Lady Blanka A. Rosenstiel, Founder and President of The American Institute of Polish Culture and The Chopin Foundation of the United States. For the last 35 years, Mrs. Rosenstiel has been involved in organizing, participating in, and sponsoring hundreds of events locally and nationally. Her avid interest in the arts, dedication to helping young artists, and desire to promote Poland’s heritage while fostering culture in her American homeland, prompted Mrs. Rosenstiel to establish in 1972, The American Institute of Polish Culture, Inc. in Miami. In 1977, Mrs. Rosenstiel established the Chopin Foundation of the United States, a national organization dedicated to helping young American musicians and promoting Chopin’s music in the United States. Mrs. Rosenstiel established the Harriet Irsay Scholarship which awards 10 to 15 grants each year to talented students of Polish descent, majoring in journalism, communications, Polish studies or public relations. Many titles and honors have been awarded to Mrs. Rosenstiel, among them being appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland and becoming the first Polish Consul in the history of Florida.
The award was presented by His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, Episcopal Liaison and Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki, National Chairman of the Polish Apostolate Committee.
The Pride of Polonia Award began in 1992 when the Executive Board of the Polish Apostolate decided that each year someone who has made a unique contribution to the Polish people should be recognized and honored in a special way. The first recipient was John Cardinal Krol.