On 25 January at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw – a ceremony of awarding Diamonds to the Golden Statuette and the Statuettes of Polish Business Leader was held. Our office was on the list of the prize-winners of the Diamond to the Golden Statuette. The award was collected by Member of the Management Board, Director for Strategy and Development, Jan Antończyk.
The ceremony began with a performance of Gwendolyn Bradley, American singer, soprano and Janusz Wolny, an outstanding Polish baritone, and the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Janusz Powolny.
The official part of the ceremony started with a speech of the BCC President, Marek Goliszewski.
Since 1992, the Business Centre Club has granted Special Awards to the prominent personalities from outside the business environment for contributing to the development of entrepreneurship and market economy in Poland.
This year's BCC Special Award winners were Professor Michał Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences for his involvement in the development of the Polish economy and building bridges between the academic and business communities, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council for his contribution to solving the EU problems, co-creation of the Monetary Union concept, for eliciting new political impulses for the European Union, and stimulating and rising the rank of entrepreneurship, for friendship for Polish. The tributes for the prize-winners were voiced by Krzysztof Pawłowski, the chairman of the BCC Board of Organizers, the senator of the 1st and 2nd term, the president of the Higher School of Business – National Louis University in Nowy Sącz, and by Professor Jerzy Buzek. The special awards were presented by the Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński, Professor Jerzy Buzek, President Marek Goliszewski, Professor Stanisław Gomułka, Chairman Krzysztof Pawłowski, and President Wojciech Warski.
The gala show was hosted by Grzegorz Miśtal and Serafina Ogończyk-Mąkowska. After the official part, a banquet was held in the foyer of the Grand Theatre, during which the winners of all awards could exchange experiences.