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PACC Annual Polish Picnic

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The Polish American Cultural Center invites you to the annual Polish Picnic!!

 

Polish picnic 2016

$5 Admission

 

Delicious Polish Food 

 

Lots of Attractions 

 

Music by: Ptaki z Basia Band 

Chance  to win $1000 Cash – 1st Prize

$250- 2nd Prize , $100- 3rd Prize, and Door prizes to win too!

Raffle Tickets: $5 each or $25 for 6 tickets

For more information please call Eugene Bak at 440-236-5552 or

the Center at 216-883-2828

 

Gene Bak award celebration continued with the roar of a Tiger

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

After Eugene Bak was presented with the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland on April 20th, his two sons celebrated with him by taking him on a spring golf tour.  The festivities started with a day at Firestone Country Club on Sunday and then moved on Monday to Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, the site of the 2007 U.S. Open Championship.  The event at Oakmont was sponsored by American Express and was set up to provide avid golfers with an opportunity to preview the 18 holes that contain more than 300 bunkers before the professionals arrive for the U.S. Open in June. After an enjoyable round, the group of 80 golfers settled in for a lunch.  During the lunch, a presentation was made by American Express and a number of celebrities were introduced.  First was Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and then Mike Tirico from ESPN and Monday Night Football.  Finally the President of American Express announced we were to experience a very special treat, and in walked Tiger Woods.  The very special treat was that Tiger was about to play a practice round at Oakmont and the 80 golfers attending the event were to walk the course with him.

We all embarked onto the first hole where Tiger displayed a completely different side of him.  Normally, all business, he portrayed a light hearted side, cracking jokes and interacting with the small gallery.  He started off with a 350 yard drive with a follow up comment “That will work”  Each hole was a mini-clinic, as Tiger explained his strategy from tee to green and how he intended to hit the next shot. It was amazing to see Tiger hit within five feet of his intended target on almost every hole.

When we reached Oakmont’s famous row of church-pew bunkers between the third and fourth fairways, someone asked if he would demonstrate how to hit a shot out of them. He refused. “Why bring negativity into your thoughts,” he said, adding he only practiced from places he intended to play.  Gene asked Tiger “How do you deal with the noise and distraction of the fans” to which Tiger responded “What noise.”
On the 484-yard final hole, into the wind, he hit his approach with a five-wood: “This is my senior club,” he said. “When you turn 30 you get a five-wood, when you turn 40 you get at seven-wood, when you turn 50 you get a nine-wood.”  Gene has taken this advice and is in search of an eleven-wood.

The evening culminated with an awards dinner, where Gene Bak received yet another award, second place in the net score competition.  Gene accepted his glass cup trophy and of course made sure his sons felt the humility of having the old guy beat them.

Although the Tiger appearance was icing on the celebratory cake, the opportunity to unite the Bak boys, who only get together about once per year, was the true gift to Gene.

Mark Bak

Why Eugene Bak?

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

The government of the Republic of Poland has honored Eugene Bak, cofounder and long time President and Executive Director of the Polish-American Cultural Center in Cleveland, with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. We can read the following about such orders and distinctions in a law of the Sejm from October 16, 1992:

„Article 13. The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is an award for distinguished merit in the field of cooperation between nations. The Order is presented to a foreigner or Polish citizen living abroad whose activities have made a significant contribution to international cooperation and cooperation linking Poland with other states and nations.” (more…)