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  • U.S. AMBASSADOR APRIL H. FOLEY DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION’S MIKULÁS DINNER

    December 13, 2007

    On December 7, the Hungarian American Coalition held its 16th Annual Mikulás Dinner hosted by Ambassador Dr. Ferenc Somogyi and Mrs. Andrea Bors Somogyi at the Hungarian Embassy.  Coalition Chairman Emerita Edith Lauer acted as Master of Ceremonies and greeted the distinguished gathering and special guests, including Hungarian General and Honorary Consuls from all over the United States.  Ambassador Somogyi, who recently began his tour of duty in Washington, welcomed the Coalition to the Embassy for the first time, and expressed his hope for cooperation between the Coalition and the Hungarian Embassy on issues of common interest. More...
  • “TORN FROM THE FLAG” PREMIERES IN HOLLYWOOD

    November 16, 2007

    “Torn from the Flag” the documentary film about the Fall of Communism and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution had its world premiere on November 10, 2007, at the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival in Hollywood, California. The Hungarian American Coalition took a leadership role in raising funds for the completion of the film. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF DR. ELEMÉR KISS SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2007-2008 ACADEMIC YEAR

    October 15, 2007

    Five students were awarded the Dr. Elemér Kiss Scholarship awards for the 2007-2008 academic year. The winners are: Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi, a graduate of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, where she obtained an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and is a student of the City University of New York; János Américo Barbero, a student at the University of Washington in Seattle; Peter Szigeti, a graduate from ELTE Faculty of Law, studying at Harvard University Law School; Enikő Horváth, a graduate of Corvinus University of Budapest, admitted to Harvard University to study Government with an emphasis on International Relations; and Noémi Keszler, a graduate of The Field School of Washington, D.C., studying at Ohio Wesleyan University. More...
  • CHAIRMAN OF U.S. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CALLS ON SLOVAKIAN PRIME MINISTER TO DISAVOW BENES DECREES, ENSURE JUSTICE FOR HUNGARIAN MINORITY

    October 22, 2007

    On October 18, Rep. Tom Lantos issued a letter to Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia, requesting him to “publicly disavow the Benes Decrees and seek to ensure that ethnic Hungarians are treated as equal citizens in Slovakia.” (See attached letter.) More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION WELCOMES AMBASSADOR FERENC SOMOGYI TO WASHINGTON

    October 12, 2007

    On October 10, the Hungarian American Coalition and George Herbert Walker III, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, co-hosted a festive dinner at the Hay-Adams Hotel to welcome Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi and his wife, Andrea, to Washington, D.C. The evening provided an opportunity for Washington decision-makers and friends of the Hungarian American Coalition to discuss U.S.-Hungarian bilateral relations with the newly appointed Hungarian Ambassador. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION DONATES $15,000 TO THE HUNGARIAN SCOUTS ASSOCIATION IN EXTERIS

    September 14, 2007

    The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) is donating $15,000 to support the educational and cultural programs of the Hungarian Scouts Association in Exteris.  The donation was approved by the Executive Committee of the Coalition’s Board of Directors at their meeting of April 13, 2007. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION CONTINUES FIGHT FOR EXPANSION OF VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

    August 4, 2007

    Washington, D.C. - On August 3, 2007 President Bush signed into law the “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.” The legislation makes significant strides in modernizing the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP): most importantly, the addition of enhanced security standards as conditions for program participation. More...
  • VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM REMEMBERED AT NEW MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

    June 21, 2007

    The United States honored victims of Communism around the world at the dedication of a new memorial in Washington, D.C., attended by President Bush and international dignitaries. More...
  • HUNGARIAN PRESIDENT LÁSZLÓ SÓLYOM MEETS WITH HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION LEADERS

    June 9, 2007

    Leaders of the Hungarian American Coalition were received by László Sólyom, President of the Republic of Hungary, in his office at the Sándor Palace in Budapest’s Castle district. Coalition President Maximilian Teleki, and Vice President Andrea Lauer Rice attended the meeting. More...
  • SEVENTH ANNUAL POSONIUM AWARDS PRESENTED TO HUNGARIAN WRITERS AND ARTIST IN SLOVAKIA

    June 8, 2007

    For the first time since its founding, there were nine recipients of the Posonium Literary and Fine Arts Awards in Bratislava on June 6, 2007. The Posonium Awards, a project of the Hungarian American Coalition, were founded by Edith and John Lauer for the purpose of giving long-overdue recognition to Hungarian writers and artists for outstanding contributions to the literature, art, and cultural heritage of the 530,000-strong historic Hungarian community in Slovakia. The Fine Arts Awards are sponsored by György Matyasfalvi, a Budapest businessman. Since 2000, a total of 45 Literary, 6 Fine Arts and 2 Native Land Awards have been presented. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION HONORS FORMER AMBASSADOR GEORGE HERBERT WALKER III

    May 9, 2007

    On May 4, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) hosted its Annual Gala Benefit at the Decatur House in Washington, DC to honor the accomplishments of Ambassador George Herbert Walker III, who served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2003 to 2006. More...
  • DR. IBOLYA DAVID, HUNGARIAN DEMOCRATIC FORUM PRESIDENT, MEETS WITH HUNGARIAN-AMERICANS

    April 27, 2007

    Washington, DC – On April 16, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) co-hosted a presentation by Dr. Ibolya David, together with the American Hungarian Federation and the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA). More...
  • FOUNDATION EXPANDS REHABILITATION FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED IN SÓSKÚT, HUNGARY

    April 24, 2007

    On April 13, the Eilika Habsburg Foundation inaugurated a new auxiliary building at its horse riding therapy center in the town of Sóskút, Hungary.  This expansion of the riding course was made possible through a grant made by the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) from generous donations received by Mr. William Benter and Ms. Christina Stacey and the Charles Simonyi Fund for the Arts and Sciences.  The total cost of the construction was $35,000. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION THANKS AUSTRIA FOR ACCEPTING HUNGARIAN REFUGEES IN 1956

    April 5, 2007

    On April 2, the Hungarian American Coalition hosted a round table discussion and luncheon in honor of Austrian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Eva Nowotny, to recognize Austria’s role in accepting Hungarian refugees in the aftermath of the 1956 Revolution. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION SUPPORTS VISA WAIVER PROGRAM CURRENTLY DEBATED IN THE U.S. SENATE

    March 8, 2007

    The Hungarian American Coalition issued a letter to its members and community leaders to contact their Senators and request their support for the inclusion of the Visa Waiver Provisions (VWP) in the currently debated bill S.4 ("Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007" sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid D-NV). If the bill S.4 does include the VWP, this opens the possibility that citizens of Hungary will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION LEADERS HONORED by the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans, Cleveland Chapter

    February 28, 2007

    The World Federation of Hungarian Veterans (MHBK) held its 54th Charity Ball in Cleveland, Ohio. Special honorees included Hungarian American Coalition leaders Edith Lauer, László Böjtös, and Andrea Lauer Rice. Also honored were Cleveland community Hungarian leaders, Andrea and András Lázár. More...


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The Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA) fraternal insurance company’s business was taken over by the Greater Beneficial Union (GBU). GBU is located at 4254 Saw Mill Run Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.

For all matters related to HRFA, please contact GBU at 1-800-765-4428

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