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The 2017 Summer Gala

Polish Museum Of America Celebrates 80 Years At
The 2017 Summer Gala

The Polish Museum of America (PMA) will host its 37th Summer Gala at Café La Cave, Des Plaines, Illinois, on Friday, June 2, 2017 – the largest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the general operations of the PMA. This year, the Copernicus Foundation will be honored with the Polish Spirit Award for its commitment to American Polonia. We invite you to be part of the commemorative 2017 PMA Summer Gala Program Book.

Founded in 1935, and open to the public since 1937, the PMA remains the nation’s only institution of its kind, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Polish and Polish American identity through a wide variety of educational programs and exhibitions. In recognition of its 80 years of contributions to and protection of culture and heritage, the PMA was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Throughout the years, the PMA has hosted an impressive list of distinguished guests, artist exhibitions, and more. World leaders, including Pope Saint John Paul II when he was Cardinal Karol Wojtyła and President Barack Obama as a US Senator, have visited the PMA, as have many officials from Poland and the United States from the local to national levels. Exhibitions of internationally known artists have graced the Great Hall, and hundreds of authors and historians have lectured on topics dear to the Polish and Polonian experience.

With such a rich history of its own, the PMA strives in its mission of preserving the past for the future. During these eight decades, the PMA established itself as the cultural center of American Polonia, and the Museum, Archives, and Library remain active and relevant in the multicultural landscape of Chicagoland. This was only accomplished through the dedicated and sustaining support – both material and financial, of the Polish American community.

The annual Summer Gala is the major sustaining fundraiser for the PMA, with all funds raised going towards building utilities and improvements, employee payroll and benefits, exhibit development and installation, collection care and management, and so much more. Please join us in this 80-year effort in ensuring the PMA as a heritage landmark today, and for future generations.

Thank you for your support of the Polish Museum of America!

Please see below for the many different opportunities in supporting the 2017 PMA Summer Gala Program Book. All donations and submissions must be received by Friday, May 5, 2017 for inclusion in the commemorative publication. For more information, please contact 2017 PMA Summer Gala Chair Sharon Orlowski via email at sharono2008@hotmail.com or by telephone at (847) 767-2757.

– Celebrating 80 years of the PMA –

There are two ways to contribute to the 2017 PMA Summer Gala Program Book – a wonderful keepsake publication highlighting our many generous donors and supporters throughout this jubilee year!


For this traditional individual donation, you will be recognized at the selected category and listed in the commemorative program book, which will be shared with many. New this year, all Poppy and Biały Kruk level donors will be further recognized on a permanent stand-up banner which will prominently displayed onsite at the Summer Gala, and later, at the PMA throughout the 80th anniversary year, for all to see.

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Note: if you would like to make a donation using your credit card, please select the paypal option & click [Donate Now] this will take you to a website where you can use paypal or your credit card.

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Donation Total: $250


Great for businesses and organizations who would like to show their patronage of the PMA, the 2017 program book will feature full, half, and quarter page ads. Special for the 80th year is exclusive “gold” full page ads, which will be featured prominently in the publication. This option offers visibility in demonstrating your company’s support of the PMA to each guest at the Gala and all others who will receive a copy of the program book.

Advertisement options include: Gold Full page (8.5 x 11″), with special margins – $750
Full page (8.5 x 11″) – $500
Half page (4.25 x 11″) – $300
Quarter page (4.25 x 5.5″) – $200
All ad copy must be submitted as digital files, JPG preferred, to PMA@PolishMuseumOfAmerica.org
Please allow for .5″ margins for all sizes


Please mail the enclosed form with payment to:

PMA 2017 Summer Gala, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642-4101
All submissions must be received by Friday, May 5, 2017

[ 2017SummerGalaProgramBookAppeal – submission form ]

Questions? sharono2008@hotmail.com or (847) 767-2757

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