Polka up some money

Dance party lat­est fundraiser for Pol­ish church re­build­ing

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

Fundrais­ing will em­pha­size fun when St. Mary’s Pol­ish Church holds its first Zabawa Polka Party to­day from 7-11 p.m. at the Pol­ish Vil­lage Hall.

The $10 ticket will get you in the door and a Pol­ish paczki pas­try, which is like a filled dough­nut and served just be­fore Lent be­gins. For those with more of an ap­petite, there will also be plates of Pol­ish food for sale. Tick­ets can be re­served by call­ing 902-539-4354 and the pro­ceeds from the event will go to­ward the re­build­ing of the church, which is mov­ing along ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, says Tom Ur­ba­n­iuk, past chair of the parish coun­cil.

“Our goal is down now to just over $50,000, thanks to lots of hard work by many vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity sup­port,” said Ur­ba­niak. “The main com­po­nents to be done are the kitchen and the wash­rooms in the Sala 1050 sec­tion, which will serve the broader com­mu­nity.”

That in­cludes the space for re­hearsals, mul­ti­cul­tural li­brary and read­ing room, cook­ing classes, Pol­ish lan­guage lessons and so forth.

“We are hop­ing to start on the wash­rooms in the next few weeks.”

Ever since the orig­i­nal church burnt down on Nov. 29, 2014, church mem­bers have been ac­tively rais­ing money for the new church with a se­ries of fundrais­ers and com­mu­nity events. Ex­pect that to con­tinue into the spring, says Ur­ba­niak.

“As part of an on­go­ing fundraiser, we are sell­ing prod­ucts with the Cape Bre­ton Pol­ish tar­tan,” says Ur­ba­niak. “On Sun­day, May 7, we will be hav­ing a fundrais­ing tea to mark the hol­i­day for peo­ple of Pol­ish her­itage around the world. Many of the servers and vol­un­teers will por­tray dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in the fa­mous Pol­ish epic poem “Pan Tadeusz.”

Ur­ba­niak says many peo­ple and busi­nesses within the com­mu­nity have been help­ing with the fundrais­ing and they are thank­ful for the sup­port.

“Speak­ing per­son­ally, I feel blessed to be part of such a won­der­ful com­mu­nity. I find it inspiring.”


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