The 65th annual Physician’s Ball honored the best of the best at a black-tie event hosted by the Polish-American Medical Society (PAMS) at the Ritz-Carlton recently with more than 750 guests in attendance. Even the new Governor, Bruce Rauner, was on hand to accept the Amicus Poloniae (Friend of Poland) Award from the Consul General for the Republic of Poland in Chicago,Paulina Kapuscinska, (on behalf of the Ambassador of Poland).
The elegant affair was expertly chaired by PAMS President, Dr. Kornelia Krol, who presented Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (the guest of honor) with an award for his extraordinary contributions in the field of medicine and beyond. Matyjaszewski has an impressive list of achievements as a Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon.
He’s the founder/director at the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Pittsburgh; a recipient of over 20 prestigious awards in 7 countries including the Polish Nobel Prize and the Wolf Award; the author of 18 books and the recipient of 7 Honoris Causa degrees from universities in 5 countries!
He’s aremarkably humble man for all these achievements and offered a humorous acceptance speech. Since this WAS a party, he jokingly commented on a study that found “the best tasting vodka needs to be between 40 and 45% alcohol, no more, no less.” Lol!
Dr. Izabela Roman was honored with the Bene Merito Prize for her outstanding community and charity work in the U.S. and Poland. Four honorary memberships to PAMS were awarded at the Gala: Dr. Ewa Ellenberg;
Dr. Kazimierz Nowak;Dr. Miroslaw Wielgos and Dr. Michael Hibner. The crowd came alive for an exhilerating performance by Wici Song and Dance Company. Their exotic costumes and intricate dance moves had the audience entranced.
Choreographed by Magdalena Solarz, the dancers engaged the audience in their most beautiful Polish dance, the Polonaise. Following a dinner of braised short ribs, poached lobster, truffled asparagus and Brussels sprouts with Riesling sauce, a sensational rock group from Warsaw, Golec u’Orkiestra, performed a high energy concert.
The dance floor filled with people snapping pics from every corner of the room as the group played tirelessly and flawlessly with multiple instruments. It was an honor to co-host this elegant, high-powered event with ABC 7’s Alan Krashesky.
He was a sheer delight to share the podium with and I was grateful for his Polish heritage as he whizzed through the difficult sounding names with ease! The Polish American Medical Society is the world’s largest organization of Polish doctors outside of Poland and has been in existence since 1946.
Funds from the event benefited medical, veterinary and dental students of Polish descent as well as a $5000 grant to the Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois.