The 34th annual Polish Fest on Milwaukee’s Lakefront was held June 16-18. This festival is the largest Polish festival in the United States.
As a member of the Polish American Congress – Wisconsin Division, Mark Pienkos volunteered to work the cultural table the state division organized. His wife, Ann (also a PAC member and former officer, as well as 2012 Congressman Clement Zablocki “Civic Achievement Award” recipient), coordinated the volunteers for this important annual event. Mark shared his deep appreciation for his Polish heritage with the many visitors who stopped by the PAC-WI Division table. He also was able to share information about his recent book entitled “1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball” with interested attendees.
Mark is a life-long member of the Polish National Alliance, as well as a long-time member of the Polish American Congress, which was established in 1944 to fight for a free Poland. Mark was elected National Vice President for Public Relations for the PAC in 2014. As one of his responsibilities, Mark publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. For additional information, please visit: pac1944.org or pacwisconsin.com.
As Mark often says: STO LAT! (Polish Salutation): “May you live 100 years . . . and more!”
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Dr. Mark Pienkos was born in Chicago. His parents were Stella and Edward who worked in factories to support their family of three boys. Mark’s mother only attended school through the 8th grade, while his father went to one year of high school. Mark’s oldest brother, Don, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Political Science and his other brother, Edward, is a surgeon specializing in urology.