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Ignacy Jan Paderewski Bust Rededication

Rededication of the Restored Monument to
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Cleveland Polish Cultural Garden
July 16, 2011

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was a Polish pianist, composer, diplomat, politician, and the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. These multifaceted activities along with his generosity as a philosopher distinguish Paderewski as one of the greats, not only of Poland, but the entire world.

Generous donors from Cleveland's Polish community contributed to the restoration of a monument to Paderewski in the Polish Cultural Garden.

The bust was unveiled in a ceremony on Saturday July 16, 2011.

Master of Ceremonies Ben S. Stefanski II began the program.

Ben S. Stefanski II

Ben S. Stefanski II




Stefanski introduced Eugenia Stolarczyk who sang the US and Polish National Anthems.

Eugenia Stolarczyk

Eugenia Stolarczyk


Eugenia Stolarczyk and Ben Stefanski



Next a Color Gurad presented the Flags and marched to the covered Paderewski monument.

Polish American Color Guard

Polish American Color Guard




Polish American Color Guard



Rev. Placyd Kon, O.F.M. from Krakow Poland has been Associate Pastor of the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland for the last 5 years. He gave the invocation at the Paderewski monument rededication ceremony.

Rev. Placyd Kon, O.F.M.

Rev. Placyd Kon, O.F.M.




Next Ben Stefanski spoke about the history of the Cultural Gardens and how they are being restored.

Cleveland Polish Cultural Garden with US and Polish flags




Stefanski recognized the two delegates to the Cleveland Polish Cultural Garden: Gary Kotlarsic and Irene Morrow.

Polish Garden delegate Gary Kotlarsic hard at work

Gary Kotlarsic hard at work (as usual)

Polish Garden delegate Irene Morrow and Carol Purpura

Irene Morrow and Carol Purpura



Some of the dignitaries and generous donors to the restoration who were in attendance were recognized.

Lottie Lewek Szczotka Siek

Lottie Lewek Szczotka Siek, pictured with Robert Rybka, will turn 95 in September. She made a generous donation to the monument restoration in honor of her son the late Richard G. Sheridan (Szczotka) Happy early birthday Lottie!


Generous donors to the Paderewski monument rededication - George B. and Karen Sobieraj

Generous donors George B. and Karen Sobieraj


Eugene Bak, Founder of the Polish American Museum, was also a generous donor.

Eugene Bak, Founder of the Polish American Museum, with Copernicus


Eugene Bak, Founder of the Polish American Museum,
with Copernicus



The Pilch Family were also generous donors, honoring the late John S. Pilch who served as Cleveland Councilman, Mayoral Advisor and City Commissioner. His granddaughter Laurel Pilch spoke about her grandfather's Polish roots and his work to preserve the West Side Market in Cleveland.

Laurel Pilch

Laurel Pilch




Next, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson spoke and presented a certificate from the city.

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson




Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Ben Stefanski

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Ben Stefanski



Next up:
Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka and the Unveiling of the Paderewski Sculpture
Page 2 of the Paderewski monument rededication.


Watch the Paderewski program produced by the Emmy Award winning “Applause” on Channel 25 WVIZ ideastream®


Page 1 (this page) of the Paderewski monument rededication.
Welcome, Color Guard, Anthems and Dignitaries

Page 2 of the Paderewski monument rededication.
Consul Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka and the Unveiling of the Paderewski Sculpture

Page 3 of the Paderewski monument rededication.
Guest Speaker Rita Cosby and Keynote Speaker Dr. James S. Pula

Page 4 of the Paderewski monument rededication.
Faces in the Crowd and Musical Performances


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