Washington D.C. – The eighth Hungarian Americans Together conference (HATOG VIII) was held September 28-29, in Boston, MA – the first such gathering held in the New England region.
More than 70 representatives from 17 states, plus guests from Hungary attended.
The conference was organized by the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, the Honorary Consulate General of Hungary in Boston, and The Hungary Initiatives Foundation, with support from the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition). Volunteers of the Körösi Csoma Sándor program and Coalition interns helped at every stage.
Funding for the conference was provided by a generous grant from The Hungary Initiatives Foundation (HIF).
The following participating organizations and their representatives attended the conference:
Tünde Balogh – Bobita Hungarian School, Portland
Tamas Badics – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
William Bero – William Penn Association, Pittsburgh
Nancy Bocskor – Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Washington DC
Erzsébet Bognár – Boskola, Boston
Edit Mercer – “Csik Hago” Hungarian School of Chicago, Chicago
Erika Bokor – Hungarian Communion of Friends, Chicago
Zsuzsanna Csajkás – South Florida Hungarian Children’s Club, Fort Lauderdale
Orsolya Cseh – Hungarian Club of Georgia, Atlanta
András Cser – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Kata Dobri – Hungarian Cultural Society of Connecticut, Wallingford
Erika Fedor – American Hungarian Heritage House, Washington DC
Olivia Fedor – American Hungarian Heritage House, Washington DC
Stephen Fedor – American Hungarian Heritage House, Washington DC
Tamás Fellegi – Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Washington DC
Miklos Fogarasi, Dr – KMCSSZ, Connecticut
Szilvia Forró – Boskola, Boston
Gyorgy Frendl, Dr – Hungarian Medical Association of America
Chantal Gagnon – KMCSSZ, New York
Gábor Garai – Honorary Consul of Hungary, Boston
Tamas Gemes – Calasanctius Training Program , Buffalo
Szilvia Gilbert – Hungarian Heritage Foundation, San Francisco
Eve-Marie Goggins – HHRF/ReConnect Hungary, New York
Csilla Grauzer – Honorary Consul of Hungary, Minneapolis
Ferenc Gyurcsan – KMCSSZ, Boston
Orsolya Huszar – Calasanctius Training Program, Buffalo
Ildikó Juhász – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Tímea Kerekes – William Penn Association, Pittsburg
Erika Renáta Klatyik – Global Friendship Foundation, Sarasota
András Koncz – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Csenge Konkoly – Hungarian American Coalition, Washington DC
Peter Kovalszki – Hungarian Communion of Friends, Michigan
Edith Lauer – Hungarian American Coalition, Cleveland
Andrea Lauer Rice – Hungarian American Coalition, Atlanta
Tamás Marshall – KMCSSZ, New York
Denise Matolcsy – Hungarian Medical Association of America, Boston
Sándor Matolcsy, Dr – Hungarian Medical Association of America, Boston
Mónika Mátyás – Boskola, Boston
József Megyeri – Hungarian Communion of Friends, Chicago
Eszter Mészáros – Minnesota Hungarians, Minneapolis
Zsolt Molnár – Bocskai Radio, Cleveland
Krisztina Nádas – KMCSSZ, Cleveland
Andrea Novák – Hungarian Heritage Foundation, San Francisco
Zsófia Parragh – Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Washington DC
Elizabeth Perch – Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Washington DC
Mariann Polgár – Boskola, Boston
Adrienn Rezes – KMCSSZ, Boston
Peter Ruppert – Maven 7, Managing partner-CEO
Kinga Sándor – Chicago Hungarian Club, Chicago
Margit Szabari, Dr – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Gyöngyi Szabó, Dr – Hungarian Medical Association of America, Boston/Worcester
Anna Smith Lacey – Embassy of Hungary, Washington, DC
Balazs Somogyi, Dr – Hungarian Cultural Society, Connecticut
Noémi Szilágyi – KMCSSZ, Bradenton/Sarasota
Miklos Szocska, Dr – SOTE Health Science Management Training Center
Mátyás Támási – Hungarian American Coalition, Washington DC
Max Teleki – Hungarian American Coalition, Washington DC
Mónika Turek – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Emese Varga – Boskola, Boston
Kinga Vasicsek – KMCSSZ, San Francisco
Janka Veres – Hungarian Communion of Friends, Detroit
Ágnes Virga, Dr. – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Éva E. Voisin – Honorary Consul General of Hungary, San Francisco
Ottó Walter , Dr. – Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, Boston
Elizabeth Vos – Magyar Marketing
Viktória Zoltán – Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Washington DC
The conference began Saturday with welcome greetings from Mr. Gabor Garai, Honorary Consul General of Hungary in Boston. Coalition President Maximilian Teleki spoke next, providing an overview of the HAToG conferences and the Coalition’s history and current activities. Agnes Virga, President of the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts, introduced the activities and main achievements of their organization.
The conference’s main program included presentations by Dr. Tamás Fellegi, President of HIF and by Andrea Lauer Rice, Coalition Vice President. In her remarks, Mrs. Lauer Rice commented on the current make-up of the Hungarian American community and proposed a strategy for reaching out to the newer generations of Hungarian Americans who speak only English.
Participants then attended interactive development sessions focusing on topics such as fundraising and messaging, grant writing and social media. These Sessions were run by Nancy Bocskor, fundraising consultant; Elizabeth Perch, an expert in independent non-profit organization management; and Rachel Levy, digital marketing professional.
On Saturday afternoon, participants attended the Boston Hungarian Harvest Festival, joining 350 other guests to enjoy Hungarian goulash, palinka and pastries, followed by folk music and dance.
On Sunday, the program continued with brainstorming sessions focused on two topics: the Hungarian House Foundation, an ongoing national initiative; and use of social media platforms for communications. Edith Lauer, the Coalition’s Chairman Emerita, moderated the two groups, who shared their conclusions.
In the closing remarks of the conference, Maximilian Teleki thanked the conference organizers, Agnes Virga and Andrea Lauer Rice, and acknowledged the contributions of the presenters and local organizations.
The next HAToG conference, to be held in Florida, is planned for the Spring of 2015.