Fundraising

Looking for its own sources of income, in 1975, Jerzy Waldorff organized the annual All Souls' Day fundraising on the cemetery. This is how he recall the birth of the initiative: At this stage, projects and achievements Bolesław Prus and his „Doll” came with the help , specifically the scene when Wokulski goes to the church of St. Cross, to throw a handful of gold coins in the tray fund-raising Izabela Lecka. It was rather difficult to expect gold, aristocracy went into history, you could better try to replace it with elite talent, not people popular from just a names, but from the scenes and screens. When see their faces, people reached for wallets and purses, for the money for proposed purpose. The first meeting was attended by nearly two hundred fundrisers of the leading actors, musicians, writers and artists. Since then, fundraising has become All Souls' Day’s custom, found and loved by the people living in Warsaw. It takes place over two days, on All Saints 'Day and the day before or on All Souls' Day, depending on which of these days is a holiday. All Souls' Day fundraising with its nearly forty-year tradition has become an event of Warsaw without which people can not imagine the celebration of All Souls' Day. Actors treat fundraising at Powązki like a new creations on the stage. They have their own ways of acquiring donations, their places, where they appear every year and at the same hours. Finally, they have their "customers" who come to them and fill up their cans by cash. The young actors invited to the fundraising treat as a kind of ennoblement in the environment, as a appreciation for their position. Meetings after returning from fundraising, with coffee and donuts from Blikle are kind of living art. This kind of gathering of stars of theater and film, which takes place on November 1st of each year at Powązki, there is not even during major television gala.

The group od fundraisers, every year is assisted by a large group of well-known and popular actors, entertainers, public figures, known from radio and television, i.a.: Maja Komorowska (the undisputed leader in the number attended fund-raisings), Piotr Adamczyk, Maciej Damięcki z rodziną, Artur Barciś, Michał Piróg, Jan Englert, Beata Ścibakówna, Małgorzata Foremniak, Joanna Jabłczyńska, Piotr Gąsowski, Ewa Gawryluk, Jacek Kawalec, Alicja Majewska, Państwowy Zespół Ludowy Pieśni i Tańca „Mazowsze”, Michał Milowicz, Daniel Olbrychski, Marian Opania, Bartosz Opania, Karol Strasburger, Magdalena Schejbal, Izabela Trojanowska, Grażyna Wolszczak, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Małgorzata Niemen, Artur Andrus, Tomasz Jachimek, Krzysztof Daukszewicz, Maciej Orłoś, Agnieszka Szulim, Krzysztof Ziemiec, Katarzyna Dowbor, Jerzy Iwaszkiewicz, Iwona Szymalla and all the presidents of Warsaw ranging from the 90s.

Since 2000, next to grave of Jerzy Waldorff (which is on the Catacomb Avenue), stands piggybank, which always affects a record amount of donations.

Unfortunately, many of fundrisers and organizers passed away from us forever. Some of them have found the final resting place at the Powązki Cemetery, on the alley, which has recently crossed by them with cans...