NEW BRITAIN - The Voice of Poland radio program will hold its 10th annual fundraising dinner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Crystal Ballroom, 211 Farmington Ave.
The event is a celebration of the show’s 35th year. The Voice of Poland has been informing communities on Polish culture and traditions since 1983.
The celebration includes dinner, dancing, Polish poetry, and shared memories of the show.
Tickets are $60 per person.
“It includes a very elegant dinner, very good music from the Rhythm Orchestra, and a very valuable raffle,” said Teresa Borowski, founder of the Voice of Poland.
Borowski invites the community and her listeners, who she said are very enthusiastic, to attend.
Proceeds raised will continue to fund the radio show, which has experienced lack of sponsorship since 1990.
The show started at WNTY in Southington with a travel agency as a sponsor. The radio program now comes from WRYM in Newington.
Borowski said she started the show after she moved to the United States from Poland, where she had been working as a journalist. She thought that her language abilities were not good enough to work for an American newspaper. But she was nostalgic for her country and had the idea of creating a Polish radio show to continue to use her knowledge of her culture.
She particularly likes literature, poetry and classical music of Polish composers.
When Borowski started the show, she did it mainly herself but later started introducing guests.
She continues to have a cultural show, but she now talks about the cultural situation in Poland, new composers and writers.
Borowski said she doesn’t bring guests often to the show but when she does, she brings “very valuable people.”
Borowski is also the owner of Teresa’s Herbs & Flowers in Broad Street. She has owned the business since 1990. She holds obtained a master’s degree from a Polish university as an herbalist, which is the reason why she has the store on Broad Street.
Listeners from New Britain, New Haven, Stamford and even from near the Massachusetts border can tune in and listen to the Voice of Poland. Audiences around the world can listen online.
The show is broadcast live on Sundays. The show used to be two hours long, but since 1990 it has been only a half-hour, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., due to a lack of sponsors.
Through the years, Borowski has organized various activities to raise money for the show.
“I organized over 30 concerts, mostly at Founders Hall at Central Connecticut State University and sometimes at other places,” Borowski said.
Borowski has been nominated for Immigrant of the Year at the state Capitol. She has also been recognized by the minister of culture in Poland for her work on the radio show.
To buy tickets for the fundraiser, call Borowski at 860-229-6470.
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