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November 09, 2017

La Roche College to Partner with Kosciuszko Foundation for Benefit Reception

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 9, 2017 – The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation and La Roche College will host a wine and cheese reception for local artists to display and sell their work on Nov. 30.

The Wine and Cheese Art Show and Sale will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. The event will feature the work of eight local artists including internationally known potter Ron Korczynski of Natrona Heights, world renowned oil painter James Sulkowski of Canonsburg and nationally acclaimed water color painter Lucia Yip of the North Hills. Other artists include Mickey Bateson, Sue Formosa, ceramics mother-daughter duo Susan and Suzanne Cammaratta, and photographer Lance Davis.

“Partnering on this wine and cheese event will introduce both La Roche College and the Kosciuszko Foundation to community members. Since both entities embrace international opportunities and value the importance of a global education, the partnership is a natural fit,” Father Thomas Schaefer, Ph.D., La Roche College associate vice president for academic affairs and chaplain for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, said.

A percentage of the art sales will benefit the Foundation and the College.
“Artists have agreed to donate back 20 percent of their sales which will be equally divided between the College and the Foundation,” Father Tom said.

The funds will support programming for La Roche’s Office of Global Engagement and the Foundation’s Theodore J. Michalik Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Tomaskiewicz-Florio Scholarship. The scholarship allows students to study in Poland for one summer. La Roche students of Polish descent are encouraged and eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are included.
Founded in 1925, the Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America. The Foundation has awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.