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  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING AND MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    December 9, 2002

    Washington, DC - On December 7, the Hungarian American Coalition held its 11th Annual Meeting at the Kossuth House in Washington, DC.   The Board unanimously voted MrsEdith Lauer as Chairman of the Board Emerita, honoring her for 11 years of indefatigable service to the Hungarian American community.  More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Announces Winners of the "Dr. Elemer Kiss Scholarship Program"

    September 3, 2002

    Washington, DC Three outstanding Hungarian university students were selected as winners of the "Dr. Elemer Kiss Scholarship Program" for the 2002-2003 academic year. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION CAUTIONS U.S. SENATE ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES IN ROMANIA AND SLOVAKIA

    August 1, 2003

    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 25 the Hungarian American Coalition sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate asking the legislators to urge the Bush Administration "to require full compliance with human and minority rights standards before recommending NATO membership for Slovakia and Romania." The letter argued that the "U.S. Senate should exert pressure on NATO candidate nations to truly conform to the same standards of membership that were applied to the countries admitted in the first round of expansion in 1999" and voiced concern "about the failure of those governments to address major minority rights issues" and that the mentioned countries show "a pattern of discrimination against ethnic Hungarians". More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION SUPPORTS MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN HUNGARY

    July 2, 2002

    Washington, DC - The Hungarian American Coalition on July 1st, 2002 signed grant agreements with two Hungarian medical foundations, the Balassa János Sebészeti Alapítvány and the Korányi Sándor Alapítvány. The agreements will provide funding for medical research and modernization of health care instruction. Each foundation will receive a grant of $30,000 to fund medical and educational research projects in the coming years. More...
  • KÁROLY SIMONYI PRIZE ESTABLISHED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

    June 28, 2002

    Washington, DC and Budapest - An agreement between the Hungarian American Coalition and the Arany János Foundation for the Sciences (Arany János Közalapítvány a Tudományért) will provide funding for the establishment of a Károly Simonyi Board of Trustees. The Board will grant two $10,000 awards annually for the next three years: one of the prizes will be awarded for excellence in the field of physical sciences and the other for excellence in technical education and research. Both awards will be presented by the President of the Foundation on Hungarian Science Day each year. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION PARTICIPATES IN CAPITOL HILL CONFERENCE

    June 17, 2002

    Washington, DC ­ The Hungarian American Coalition (the "Coalition") participated in a conference held in the Hart Senate Office Building on May 15, 2002. Coinciding with President Bush1s summit meeting with Russian President Putin, the conference titled, "U.S. ­ Russian Relations and its Implications for Central and East Europe, " was sponsored by the Washington-based Central and East European Coalition (the "CEEC"). More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION LEADERS MEET WITH U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON, DC

    June 10, 2002

    WASHINGTON, DC - On May 14, leadership of the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) met with Ms. Heather A. Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. The meeting was attended by Mrs. Edith K. Lauer, Chairman of the Board of the Coalition, Mr. Laszlo Hamos, President of the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF), Ms. Emese Latkoczy, Director of HHRF and Mr. Eugene Young, Hungary Desk Officer. The meeting was held at the request of the Coalition to express concern regarding NATO membership for Romania and Slovakia and to exchange views on matters of interest to the Hungarian American community. More...
  • RESOLUTION ON NATO EXPANSION

    June 10, 2002

    The Hungarian American Coalition continues to support the enlargement of NATO to include all aspirants that satisfy the membership criteria of the Alliance and are willing and able to be providers as well as consumers of security. No aspirant nation should be excluded from NATO solely because of geography or objections from non-NATO states. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION APPROVES NEW MEMBERS

    June 10, 2002

    WASHINGTON, DC - On May 17, 2002 the Executive Committee of the Hungarian American Coalition's Board of Directors approved the application for HAC membership of two organizational and 10 individual members. More...
  • SIMONYI RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR HUNGARIAN RESEARCH

    April 5, 2002

    The Hungarian American Coalition co-signed a Grant Agreement in Budapest today, which will extend the operation of the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarship Fund until 2005. More...
  • COALITION PRESIDENT EDITH K. LAUER RECEIVES HUNGARIAN HERITAGE AWARD

    March 26, 2002

    On March 23, Edith K. Lauer, Chairman of the Board of the Hungarian American Coalition, was among the seven latest recipients of the Magyar Örökség Dij (Hungarian Heritage Award) in Budapest. Mrs. Lauer, whose nomination was supported by letters from László Dobos, Sándor Csoóri, Ildikó Orosz, József Kasza and others, received the award for her "benificent service on behalf of Hungarians abroad." In his laudation of Mrs. Lauer (broadcast on tape at the award ceremony), Transylvanian writer András Sütõ praised the activities of the Hungarian American Coalition on behalf of NATO membership for Hungary and the rights of Hungarian minorities, as well as Mrs. Lauer's moral and financial support for Hungarian minority students and cultural institutions in five countries. "These are vitally important accomplishments," Sütõ said. The Hungarian Heritage Award is given four times a year to individuals whose achievements can serve as positive examples to "our grandchildren's grandchildren" and enhance their pride in their Hungarian identity, according to the statement of the Magyarorszagért Alapitvány (Foundation for Hungary) which established the award in 1995.  "Given the distortions of history during 50 years of communism, we must endeavor to point out those constructive, uplifting efforts and achievements that restore some balance to how Hungarians view themselves and their nation's achievements in science, culture and for the betterment of society," the Foundation declared.  The Foundation, headed by Dr. József Hámori, has honored both currently active individuals, and those long deceased whose efforts were not adequately acknowledged by earlier generations. Awardees must be nominated by Hungarian citizens who provide supporting documentation. Awardees are selected by secret ballot of the Evaluation Committee, comprised of 27 Hungarians prominent in their fields. To date 182 Hungarians have been honored, whose names are entered into a "Golden Book" displayed at the Hungarian National Museum. In accepting the award, Mrs. Lauer described Hungarian heritage as "the clear spring-water from which 15 million Hungarians can draw nourishment." She thanked her family, supporters and colleagues in the Hungarian American Coalition. "I feel the Hungarian Heritage Award has been bestowed on all of us," she said. More...
  • ANNUAL HUNGARIAN-AMERICAN GALA BALL RAISES FUNDS FOR VOJVODINA

    May 9, 2011

    Two Hungarian American Coalition leaders, Edith Lauer, Chairman, and Zsolt Szekeres, Treasurer, were the honorees of the Sixth Hope Gala Ball, held on Saturday, Febuary 16, 2002, in Hanover, New Jersey. More...
  • HUNGARIAN MINORITY LEADERS DISCUSS STATUS LAW AT BUDAPEST CONFERENCE

    January 25, 2002

    On Friday, January 25, the Hungarian American Coalition and Duna Television co-sponsored a round-table discussion and press conference in Budapest on "The Hungarian Status Law: Historical Perspective and Current Ramifications." Seven Hungarian minority leaders each spoke about the Status Law as it affects their respective communities. The audience included officials from eleven foreign embassies in Budapest, and members of the international and Hungarian press. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION LEADERS MEET WITH U.S. AMBASSADORS TO YUGOSLAVIA, SLOVAKIA, ROMANIA AND HUNGARY

    January 16, 2002

    Coalition leaders took advantage of the presence in Washington of US Ambassadors to Europe to participate in four highly informative meetings last week with new U.S. Ambassadors, William Montgomery (Yugoslavia), Ronald Weiser (Slovakia), and Michael Guest (Romania). Coalition representatives at the various meetings included: Chairman Edith Lauer, Executive Committee Members,Ede Chaszar, Laszlo Hamos, Frank Koszorus, Jr. and Julius Varallyay, as well as Emese Latkoczy and Peter Jozsa. More...


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