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November 25, 2011   
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A host of prominent businessmen, athletes and celebrities attended the Warsaw Olympic Evening, an event that the Feliks Stamm Foundation held at the Lubomirski Palace in Warsaw Oct. 28.

Feliks Stamm (1901-1976) was a boxing coach who founded what was known as the Polish school of boxing and was the man behind the success of some of the country’s greatest boxers. The Warsaw Olympic Evening is an annual event that aims to bring the sports and business communities closer together, while putting in a plug for young and talented athletes and encouraging businesses to invest in the foundation’s sporting projects. This year’s event was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, the Polish Olympic Committee (PKOl), Warsaw City Hall, and the Business Centre Club.

During the event, memorabilia donated by athletes were auctioned off, with the highest bid of zl.4,000 made for a special medal dedicated to ski jumper Adam Małysz, who recently ended his long and successful career. Other popular items included boxing gloves donated by boxer Tomasz Adamek and three Olympic boxing champs from Tokyo (1964): Jerzy Kulej, Józef Grudzień and Marian Kasprzyk. An hour-long tennis lesson with top 1970s and 1980s player Wojciech Fibak was also auctioned off for zl.700.

Special “Ambassador of Sports” statuettes were handed out for the first time this year. The awards in the Sports Activist category went to Polish Olympic Committee president Andrzej Kra¶nicki and the committee’s business partners; the award in the Sports category went to Andrzej Supron, a highly successful wrestler in the 1970s and 1980s; and Włodzimierz Szaranowicz, director of public television channel TVP Sport, took home the Media Partner statuette.

“I feel extremely honored to see so many sponsors deciding to help a foundation that was established only two years ago,” said Paula Stamm, president of the Feliks Stamm Foundation and great granddaughter of the great boxing coach.

The Voice was among the media partners of the event. Next year’s Warsaw Olympic Evening will sum up a year of major sporting events, including the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine and the Olympic Games in London.

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