53rd Polish Assistance Ball



  NEW YORK, NY (January 7, 2011) – Polish Assistance will hold its 53rd Ball celebrating the legacy of  H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco, at the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on February 26, 2011. H.S.H. Prince Albert II Sovereign of Monaco will be the Honorary Chairman and Guest of Honor as represented by his ambassador to the United States, H.E. Gilles Noghes.


Ball H.S.H. Princess Grace opened the Ball in 1982 by leading off the dancing of the Polonaise with Doctor Robert J. Campbell only months before her tragic death, almost 30 years ago. 

The Honorary Committee already includes such distinguished names as H.E. Edward Cardinal Egan, H.E. Robert  Kupiecki,  Ambassador of the Republic  of Poland to the United States, Professor  Zbigniew  Brzezinski, former  United States National Security Advisor, H.E. Isabelle Picco,  Ambassador of Monaco  to  the United States among others.

“We appreciate the support of our long-time member, Dr. Robert J. Campbell, who will be attending his 51st Bal Polonaise.  Although the ball is an opportunity to socialize and celebrate each other, more importantly, it is a major source of fundraising for Polish Assistance.  We are also very pleased to see an increase in attendance among many young professionals who have an option to attend either the entire affair or after-dinner festivities only. ” said Jadwiga Palade, President of Polish Assistance.


Chevalier Cesare L. Santeramo K.C.S.J. added “although I am not of Polish heritage, I have been involved with Polish Assistance for many years.  I now serve on the Board as the Secretary.  Our present focus is on the New York metropolitan area by aiding Polish individuals directly or to subsidize care through other institutions that are in a position to provide services.  Those who support us and attend our ball are truly of various backgrounds. I have acted as Chairman almost as many times as my predecessors Princess Lucie Shirazee and Nina Mlodzinska de Rovira who were the most fervent Chairladies for many years attracting not only the Polish society but making the ball become one of New York’s most exciting international social events. Our Guests of Honor have included, Joan Fontaine, Maurice Chevalier, Elsa Maxwell,  Jan Kiepura and Martha Eggerth, Artur and Nela Rubinstein  Nela introduced H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco to our Charity, and she became one of our Patrons.  The Founders of Polish Assistance where Countess Maria Dembinska , Princess Gourielli, a/k/a Helena Rubinstein, the cosmetics queen, and Aniela (Nela) Rubinstein who did the cooking for the first three events. They worked diligently to make the Bal Polonaise the most coveted event on the social calendar.   ” 

About Polish Assistance

Since 1956, Polish Assistance has been providing financial assistance to needy persons of Polish origin who are facing unforeseen hardships.  Recipients receive assistance in meeting daily expenses, usually to supplement low social security payments or to cover extraordinary medical bills. Beneficiaries also include homeless people, those in need of medical treatment, and handicapped people who are unable to care for themselves.  

Polish Assistance also assists the elderly heroes who took part in the Warsaw uprising and who continue their involvement in many Polish causes. To accomplish this, Polish Assistance solicits donations through dues and a series of fundraising activities. 


For more information, please contact Chevalier Cesare L. Santeramo K.C.S.J. at 212 577-5560 [email protected] or visit www.polishassistance.org


The 52nd Annual Bal Polonaise 2009 – Plaza Hotel, New York



The 52nd Annual Bal Polonaise