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2008 Press Releases


  • Hungarian American Coalition Announces Winners of the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship for 2008-2009 Academic Year

    December 30, 2008

    Six students were awarded the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2008-2009 academic year. The winners are: Eszter Győri, a graduate of the International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB), who has been admitted to Sewanee: The University of the South; Betty Henkel, a graduate from the Transcarpathian Hungarian College, admitted to study Liberal Arts at Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY; Enikő Horváth, a graduate from Corvinus University of Budapest, admitted to Harvard University to study Government with an emphasis on International Relations; Noémi Keszler a graduate from The Field School, Washington, D.C. where she transferred as a senior in high school from Romania. Ms. Keszler is an undergraduate student at Ohio Wesleyan University; Mirjam Donath who has been admitted to Columbia University, NY; and Zsófia Schwéger who has been admitted to Wellesley College. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Holds Annual Meeting 2008

    December 8, 2008

    László Böjtös, Council Member of Hungarian Communion of Friends, Cleveland’s Honorary Consul of Hungary, is New Chairman of the Board On December 6, 2008, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) held its 17th Annual General and Board Meetings at the Kossuth House in Washington, DC. Honorary Consul László Böjtös of the Hungarian Communion of Friends took over the rotating chairmanship of the organization. The Board elected Stephen J. Varga, Chairman of the Board of the William Penn Association, as Rising Chairman. More...
  • Governor George E. Pataki Receives High State Honor from Republic of Hungary

    November 13, 2008

    On November 12, 2008, George E. Pataki, former Governor of New York, received the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of Republic of Hungary, from President László Sólyom. The ceremony was attended by Viktor Orbán, President of FIDESZ – Hungarian Civic Union; Kinga Göncz, Minister of Foreign Affairs; US Ambassador April Foley; and family members and friends. More...
  • Third "Hungarian Americans Together" Conference Held in New Brunswick, NJ, October 10-11, 2008

    October 31, 2008

    The following press release was issued jointly by the two Co-Chairs’ organizations and the three hosting organizations. More...
  • President Bush Meets with Central and East European Coalition at White House Briefing

    October 28, 2008

    On October 24, the Hungarian American Coalition participated in the signing ceremony on the Protocols of Accession of Albania and Croatia to become full members of NATO in 2009. The ceremony took place in the East Room of the White House More...
  • Five Noted Hungarian Researchers Receive the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarship Award

    October 17, 2008

    Five noted Hungarian researchers received the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarship Award at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. The annual award was first established in 2000 by Dr. Charles Simonyi, with additional funds provided in 2006 and renewed twice subsequently – with the cooperation of the Hungarian American Coalition – to serve the goal of encouraging outstanding scientific research by Hungarians. More...
  • Coalition Vice President László Fülöp Receives the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic

    October 15, 2008

    On 29 September, 2008, Mr. László Fülöp a board member of the Minnesota Hungarians and Vice President and Board member of the Hungarian American Coalition, received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary from Kinga Goncz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. More...
  • Visa Waiver Program Expanded to Include the Republic of Hungary

    October 15, 2008

    President Bush is expected to announce the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on Friday, October 17 at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The Hungarian American Coalition (HAC) is pleased to confirm that the Republic of Hungary will be among the five countries qualified to join the VWP. Other countries to be included are: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, South Korea and Slovakia. More...
  • Coalition Co-sponsors International Conference

    September 19, 2008

    The Hungarian American Coalition is co-sponsoring an international conference on foreign policy issues related to the Central and East European region (CEE). The conference is organized by the New European Democracies Project of the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), and the Foundation for Democracy, Culture and Liberty of Romania. More...
  • In Memoriam: Peter A. Soltész (1946-2008)

    September 4, 2008

    It is with sincere regret and sadness that we inform you of the death of our long time friend, Coalition member, Board member and officer Peter Soltesz, who passed away last Thursday, after losing his fight with cancer. More...
  • Memorial Service for Rev. Dr. Imre Bertalan to Be Held Septermber 6 in Washington, DC

    September 1, 2011

    On September 6, 2008, a memorial service will be held in memory of Rev. Dr. Imre Bertalan, one the most important personalities of the Hungarian American community during the past five decades. The service will be held on Saturday, September 6th, at 11 AM at the Wesley Theological Seminary Chapel, 4500 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC. More...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Denounces Russia's Actions in Georgia

    August 26, 2008

    U.S. Ambassador to Hungary April H. Foley condemned the recent “Russian aggression” in Georgian territory, echoing the State Department’s warnings that Russia’s actions have imperiled U.S.-Russian relations. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Honors Victims of Communism Worldwide

    June 19, 2008

    On June 12, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation hosted a historic event attended by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and many other distinguished participants from Capitol Hill and Washington's diplomatic corps. The wreath-laying ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial featured speakers: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI); Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); Rep. Steve King (R-IA); Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV); Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY); Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and former Rep. Don Ritter (R-PA). Each speaker recalled the terrible human cost of decades of communist rule in Europe and Asia, and paid tribute to Congressman Lantos’ unwavering opposition to totalitarianism. More...
  • Coalition Benefit Honors Dr. August J. Molnar, American Hungarian Foundation President

    April 20, 2008

    On April 18, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) hosted its Annual Gala Benefit at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC to honor the accomplishments of Dr. August J. Molnár. Dr. Molnár is the Founder and President of the American Hungarian Foundation of New Brunswick, NJ. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Honors Dr. August J. Molnar, President of the American Hungarian Foundation

    April 8, 2008

    On April 18, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) will host its Annual Gala Benefit at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC to honor the accomplishments of Dr. August J. Molnár. Dr. Molnár is the Founder and President of the American Hungarian Foundation. More...
  • Rep. Tom Lantos Dies at Age 80

    February 11, 2008

    The following is a statement by Maximilian Teleki, President of the Hungarian American Coalition: More...


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