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American Independence Day
July 29, 2011   
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The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) held its annual Independence Day bash on July 2, braving rain and unseasonably cold weather to celebrate the 235th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776.

In a short speech, U.S. Ambassador Lee Feinstein thanked the American business community in Poland for its cooperation, which, he said, has helped put business before politics in Polish-American relations. “This is the way it should be,” the ambassador declared.

The official part of the event also included the presentation of the American flag by the U.S. Marines, accompanied by both the Polish and American national anthems.

Around 700 people gathered together under tents set up on the lush grounds of Królikarnia, dancing to music by local bands and even venturing out into the rain to enjoy a rousing fireworks display. AmCham members and their guests were joined by Olympic gold-medalist Robert Korzeniowski, women’s rights activist Magdalena ¦roda and Henryka Bochniarz, president of the Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers.

The buffet dinner was catered by Sheraton, and McDonald’s was also handing out free food to those who preferred chicken McNuggets and McFlurrys. A variety of activities were on offer for children, including several FedEx-sponsored flight simulators, face painting and arts and crafts. Nearly zl.13,000 was raised in a raffle. The money will be put toward supporting various children’s charities in Poland, including homes for orphans and abandoned children, United Way Polska, and the Ronald McDonald Foundation.

Hilary Heuler
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