Next General Meeting of the International Polka Association

Our next General Meeting of the International Polka Association will be held as follows: Date:  TBD Time: 7pm Eastern Time Location: Web-Ex Video Conference Thank you to all the members who attended our previous IPA General Meetings. The IPA Board will be hosting the next General Meeting on TBD, and we would like to invite all members to this event, which will be broadcasted virtually using WebEx.  All members can dial in using their computers,…

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2020 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner – Hrukus Hellraisers, Cohoes, NY

For better than four decades now, this informally organized group from the Albany, N.Y./Western Mass. area (only a few of whom actually play polkas), has been supporting and promoting the music they obviously love, making it fun to be at the events they attend, and doing so with an enthusiasm that borders on mania. They have become fixtures at most every major dance/festival in the area (and beyond); have played a huge role in the…

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Father Dennis A Bogusz Appointed IPA Chaplain

The International Polka Association is proud to announce that they appointed Father Dennis A. Bogusz as the IPA Chaplain. Father Dennis A. Bogusz was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 11, 1950 to the late Florence Lewandowski Bogusz and the late Frank Bogusz. He received a BA in Theology from St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan and a Master of Divinity from Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. He was ordained to the Priesthood…

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Now Accepting Zelle for IPA Membership Dues Payments

Zelle is a free, built-in, money transferring service of a growing number of banks and credit unions.  Currently over 700 financial institutions offer Zelle to their customers as a way to send money.  Included in the list are some of the largest banks in the United States (Bank of America, Chase, Citi, Capital One, PNC, Fifth Third, Well Fargo, Etc). Paying your I.P.A. Membership dues using Zelle is fast, easy, and safe.  If you don’t…

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CANCELED – John Gora & the I.P.A. Tribute Band in South Bend, Indiana!

In the best interest of our members and guests, the International Polka Association and the American Legion Pulaski Post #357,  have decided to cancel our event in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday, March 21st, because of the risks associated with the coronovirus.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hopes to reschedule these events at a future date.  Thank you for your understanding and please stay healthy and safe.   Sincerely, Christy Krawisz I.P.A. President *…

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CANCELED – International Polka Association’s & Let’s Polka USA Club’s 9th Annual Unity Dance

In the best interest of our members and guests, the International Polka Association, and the Let’s Polka USA Club,  have decided to cancel our event in Chicago, Illinois, at Glendora Banquets on Sunday, March 22nd,  because of the risks associated with the coronovirus.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hopes to reschedule these events at a future date.  Thank you for your understanding and please stay healthy and safe.   Sincerely, Christy Krawisz I.P.A. President…

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Celebrating January as National Polka Music Month – Chicago

Saturday, January 18th, 2020  I.P.A. Warm Up Dance Polonia Banquets:   4604 S Archer Ave. Chicago, IL ============================= Sunday, January 19th 2020 I.P.A. Festival of Bands  Glendora Banquets:  10225 S Harlem Ave Chicago Ridge, IL ============================= For our “out of town” polka friends . . . For Information on Hotel Accommodations:  Click Here! ============================= For Information on Hotel Accommodations:  Click Here! =============================  

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“Here’s A Gift” Slideshow and FREE Download

The  International  Polka  Association Releases  Historic  Recording   As the International Polka Association prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the organization is proud to announce the release of a historic recording: “Here’s a Gift”.  All Hall of Fame Inductees were invited to participate in this project, and the result included 39 Hall of Famers!  Never before has such a collection of polka stars come together to perform on the same song. The song “Here’s a…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Fame Member: Michael Nowakowski

                  It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of International Polka Association Hall of Fame member Michael Nowakowski. Mike was inducted into the I.P.A. Hall of Fame in 2004, credited not only as a fine musician, but also as the President and Executive Producer of the Sunshine record label. We send our condolences and deepest of sympathies to Mike’s family and friends May his soul rest in peace. Click here…

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5th Annual I.P.A. Fundraiser – Texas

Please join our friends from the state of Texas as they celebrate January as “Polka Music Month” by holding their 5th annual International Polka Association fundraiser on Sunday, January 18th, 2020! Here are all of the details . . .  

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I.P.A. Hall of Fame Benefit Dance 2020 – Ludlow, MA

Please join the International Polka Association in Ludlow, Massachusetts the weekend of March 7th and 8th 2020 as we present our 15th Annual I.P.A. Hall of Fame Benefit dance weekend.   This year honoring the career and achievements of I.P.A. Hall of Fame member Eddie Guca of Toronto Canada.  Click here for Hotel Information Click here for Hotel Information

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member Dean Hansen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Dean Hansen. Dean was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Our deepest sympathies to all of Dean’s Family and Friends. Click here for Dean’s obituary & service details Click here for Dean’s IPA Hall of Fame biography

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member: Stanley “Stas” Golonka

                    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of I.P.A. Hall of Fame member Stanley “Stas” Golonka.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Sue, his children Allan, Michelle, their families, and all of his friends. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. Stas was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Known by all polka music…

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Passing of Former IPA Director – Bonnie Ryniec

It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of former I.P.A. Director Bonnie Ryniec. Bonnie fought a strong, hard battle versus cancer and gave it her all.  We love you Bonnie, and will miss your laughter and beautiful smile.  Condolences to James “Whitey” Ryniec, Angela Campbell, Alex “Butch” Piet and Bonnie’s entire family and friends.  May her soul rest in peace. Services: Lord; may our friend Rest in peace .…

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2019 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award – Jim Sajkowicz

Over the years, the IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards processes have rightfully recognized deserving polka musicians who attained prominence in the polka industry for their musical achievements that helped promote polka music and broaden its audience. Because of their highly visible roles, bandleaders or “front men and women” usually received most of the recognition for their groups’ success that may have contributed to their winning individual awards or their eventual inductions into…

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2019 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner: Sally Rzeszutko

Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, proposed an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of individuals who made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. Originally named the Special Achievement Award, the International Polka Association voted to honor those worthy individuals. Following his passing, the award was renamed the Joe Jozwiak Special Achievement Award to pay tribute to Joe and his idea.…

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2019 IPA Polka Hall of Fame Inductees & 2018 I.P.A. Music Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees as well as the 2018 music award winners. The IPA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, New York. Congratulations to all award winners and inductees! Prominent living personalities…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer: Ray Dorschner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Ray Dorschner. Ray was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Our deepest sympathies to all of Ray’s Family and Friends. Click here for the link to Ray’s Hall of Fame Biography  

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