Archive for June, 2009

We’re Living Longer!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

We’re living longer thanks to medical science as it has been developing over the millennium. In ancient times, mankind was helpless in the face of illness and injury, especially in the case of epidemics. The Plague or Black Death of 14th Century Europe wiped out one third of the population,  while Spanish influenza in 1918 claimed approximately 50 million lives, more than lost in World War I.

It was not until the twentieth Century that we have seen major progress in the way man battles disease.   Two major discoveries helped usher in these changes – penicillin and corticosteroids.  Alexander Fleming observed that a plate with nutrients covered with bacteria set aside and forgotten for several weeks had developed a mold growth that destroyed the bacteria.  This phenomenon worthy of further investigation, lead to the discovery of antibiotics isolated from molds in1940.

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The Cleveland Foundation welcomes Polish-American Cultural Center!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Polish-American Cultural Center in Honor of John Paul II has reached yet another milestone; in May 2009 Polish-American Cultural Center (PACC) established an organizational endowment fund at the Cleveland Foundation.  The foundation want to thank the board of directors of PACC for the trust you have placed in the foundation.

So what does this mean to PACC and its supporters?  An endowment fund is a fund set aside to generate income as well as for long-term use for the not-for-profit organization.  Having a strong and stable endowment fund is a sign that an organization is fiscally responsible and prepared for whatever the future may hold.  It can also ensure that the mission of an organization can continue in perpetuity if needed.

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