On April 12th over 200 distinguished guests joined together to celebrate GFHF achievements at its Annual Spring Ball. This year’s gala took place at beautiful Medinah Banquets in Addison, IL for a very simple reason. The facility is owned by the Shriners. Most of the Foundation’s children are getting their treatments at Shriners Hospitals so, the choice was obvious and explains itself. Grazyna Maneykowski of Archer Gold Jewelry and Marek Rzepkowski – the WNVR Polish Radio Station host – took upon themselves the Master of Ceremonies duties. Among them was a presentation of the Golden Heart Award receipient – the GFHF Junior Board Also, last year’s receipient -Ewa Betka – member of the GFHF Board of Directors was presented with her Golden Heart Award for she was not able to attend last year’s Gala There was a Silent Auction with very interesting items such as autographed picture of Agnieszka Radwanska – renown tennis player, bottles of brandy home made by Organizing Committee members and, Andrzej Fonfara- renown boxing champion, personally delivered and signed sport memorabilia, which was a very nice gesture. Gorgeous, hand painted silk scarves by Yolanda Lorente were also Auction’s hit. Very moving moment of the evening happened after the “All about children” movie that shows Foundation’s children and their stories as well as their health improvement and GFHF every day life. One of the guest was so touched by presented stories that right then and there made a generous donation of $5000. Also, Mr. Rich Lazarski, Million Dollar Round Table member and GFHF friend presented Dorothy Malchowski – Foundation’s president with a donation for $2,500 that was granted by MDRT Foundation which he matched with his own check for the same amount. All the guests had a chance to help as well. The Raffle was also very popular and brought a total of $ 1,500 in tickets’ sale. We are very lucky to have such wonderful friends among them Mr. Consul General Zygmunt Matynia and Mrs. Matynia who also joined us at this very memorable evening. Live entertainment was presented by Pacific Band and Walter Bochenek. A picture is worth a thousand words so, let’s the pictures speak… By the presence at the Ball and by placing ads in the Program Booklet all participants are all guilty of Spring Ball’s yet another financial success. All proceeds in the total amount of $31,289 go to the children’s’ fund. From the bottom of our hearts we thank all our guests, sponsors and patrons for your generosity and your friendship.