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On Sunday, August 16th, 2015, PAMS members and their families gathered together for our annual Family Picnic, organized by doctors Beata Danek and Katarzyna Kusz. Festivities took place at the Jack & Lydia Resort, in Lake Villa, Illinois. There was a record attendance of over 100 people hanging around until dark, enjoying beautiful weather in beautiful surroundings, and taking so much needed time off from our busy professional lives.

Music was courtesy of the band, Second Opinion, staffed by our PAMS doctors, Dr Tucci and Dr Niekrasz, and it made our time even more special. There was dancing, there was wine, and there was yummy polish food, made by our hosts – Jack & Lydia. Their welcoming, warm attitude made this event very laid back and relaxing.

Some of us played beach volleyball, while others enjoyed pedal boats on Deep Lake, which is attached to the resort. Others were having fun mingling and goofing around with old and new friends.

We also had a moment of silence in memory of our beloved friend, Ewa Buch, who suddenly passed away recently. We all gathered together to take a group photo with smiling faces in honor of Ewa’s everlasting smile, positive attitude, and tremendous contribution to our society.

Later, there was a bonfire and singing along with guitar and accordion tunes. There was dancing, even on the table, by some of our brave members, including our president, Dr. Kornelia Krol.

Overall, it was another very successful gathering. We had several new members join us for the picnic, helping us to continue to grow stronger to make a difference and support each other.