FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- May 2 2016
- New Britain CT
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Today, the American Polish Advisory Council (APAC) announced that it will host its second annual Polish American reception on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Hart Senate Office Building.
Last year’s reception with members of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and their staff provided a much needed forum for dialogue, exchange of ideas and relationship building. “We were so pleased with the success of last year’s event that in my closing remarks I committed that APAC would host a reception on Capitol Hill on an annual basis,” says APAC President General Edward Rowny.
This year’s reception is presented in cooperation with Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and will focus on the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, the current political climate surrounding Poland’s admission into the Visa Waiver Program and engagement of Polish Americans in the 2016 presidential elections.
Today, over 10 million US citizens identify as Polish Americans making up the largest ethnic group in the US from Eastern Europe and the third largest from the European Continent. “For over three centuries, Polish Americans have made tremendous contributions to American history, culture, and economy and have become a prominent voice in local, state and national politics,” says Agnes Marczak, APAC’s Political Director pointing out that Poland has become a key strategic partner for the United States in efforts to eliminate global security threats. “Polish soldiers fought alongside our own heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan and today Poland plays a pivotal role in countering Russian aggression with its strategic geographic location making up NATO’s easternmost flank,” said Marczak.
The reception is open to the public and is expected to draw over 60 of the most prominent Polish American community leaders from across the country. A final program will be posted in the days leading up to the event. “While a formal speaker program is being formalized, it is important to point out that the event’s format is conducive to legislators and their staff dropping by and saying hello which creates a casual environment favorable to one on one conversations,” said General Rowny.
Invitations can be requested by contacting the American Polish Advisory Council.
The American Polish Advisory Council is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization whose mission is to involve Polish Americans in the political process and to increase the number, visibility and influence of Polish Americans in public service and public affairs.