Chicago, IL – Jan Karski Educational Foundation President Wanda Urbanska shared the foundation's mission at the regular monthly membership mixer of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) as part of Jan Karski Days in Chicago. PACC is a “non-profit organization dedicated to fostering its members’ interests, educating and facilitating commercial contacts and building relations.” The reception, hosted by Anna Morzy, PACC President, and Bogdan Pukszta, executive director, was held at the stylish new headquarters of Team Beata Bukowski, a mortgage company, directly across the street from the Polish Museum of America.
Around 75 Polish-American businessmen and businesswomen listened to Ms. Urbanska’s presentation about Karski’s transformational power to the community. Ms. Urbanska invited members to support the Foundation’s mission of placing his Story of a Secret State in the hands of American students. Mark Orwat from the office of Alderman John Arena, 45th Ward representative presented Wanda Urbanska with a copy of the Jan Karski Way sign that was recently installed on Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Higgins Avenue in Chicago.
Ewa Wierzyńska, Leader of the “Jan Karski-Unfinished Mission” at the Polish History Museum in Warsaw and Board member of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, made a presentation on the “Relevance of Jan Karski in Today’s Troubled Times” to a diverse group of forty members and supporters of the International Women Associates. As part of her presentation, she showed a powerful documentary Messenger from Poland by Raye Farr, in which Karski recounts his experience during WWII with his engaging and poignant style.