Orchard Lake Ambassadors Lead the Way

Mark Levandoski and Walter Bala take great strides to preserve Polish Mission Art


The Orchard Lake Schools Ambassadors are the cream of the crop.  Ever since 1974, ambassadors are those who are recognized for some of the most generous financial contributions to the Orchard Lake Schools endowment, ensuring that all entities on campus have a bright and certain future.  As such, the annual Ambassadors’ Ball is a grand celebration hosted by OLS every April.  The Polish Mission recognizes the generous support of the Ambassadors by presenting a unique and exclusive opportunity every year on the night of the grand ball at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

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The Polish Mission team has been working long hours over the last few months with Mr. Jeff Lutz and the Galeria Committee to make great progress forward to renovate and restore the Art Gallery (Galeria).  In honor of the leaps forward, The Polish Mission unveiled the Guardian Angel Program, which gives our supporters the chance to permanently affix their family name to art pieces in need of conservation.

st_marys_2016_023This program allows private individuals the opportunity to become lifetime patrons of Polish art by dedicating a one-time donation of $5,000 in the name of a particular piece, to full conservation of that piece, and support of The Polish Mission Galeria.  Those who enroll will have their family name permanently associated with the artwork, via formal entry in the art file, and by a plaque on the frame.  In addition to the conservation of priceless artwork, Guardian Angels are recognized as founding members of the soon-to-be renovated Galeria.  After the conversation needs are met, the remaining funds will be used to support renovation costs.    

st_marys_2016_219Thanks to the work of Wyczolkowski District Museum Curator and funding from the Polish Ministry of Culture, our core collection of masterpiece artwork has been catalogued, and the specific needs of each painting have been identified.  We chose three works of art to bring to the Townsend Hotel for the night of the ball that represents a range of Polish art forms and styles: An oil painting by Jacek Malczewski, a watercolor landscape by Julian Fałat, and a pencil sketch by Jan Matejko.  The three works of art drew the attention of mingling guests throughout the night.

After a shimmering social hour and an elegant dinner, Messrs. Mark Levandoski and Walter Bala truly proved that the Orchard Lake Ambassadors lead the way.  Mark Levandoski and his family most generously became guardian angels of both A Winter Landscape in Polesia by Fałat, and, Bolesław I of Swiatopelk at the Golden Gate in Kiev (Sketch) by Matejko, following the lead of Mr. Walter Bala, who was first to answer the call for support by becoming a guarding angel of Self Portrait with Christ by Malczewski.  Please join with The Polish Mission and the entire Orchard Lake Schools as we salute the generosity, wisdom, and stewardship of our very first Guardian Angels!


Above: Left photo: Mr. Mark Levandowski pictured with his wife and daughter, Right photo: JJ Przewozniak chats with Mr. Walt Bala after an exciting evening at the Ambassador’s Ball 2016.

Following the lead of the Orchard Lake Schools Ambassadors, would you like to become a guardian angel?  The next three pieces in need of conservation are: Chrystus w Koronie Cierniowej (Christ with a Crown of Thorns) (1903) by Jan Styka, Rzeka na Polesiu (A River in Polesia) (date unknown) by Julian Fałat, and Portret Dziewczecy (Portrait of Girl) (1885) by Leon Wyczółkowski.  To become a Guardian Angel, and Founding Member of the Galeria, please call (248) 738-6720, or email mchumiecki@orchardlakeschools.com right away.