Projects and Accomplishments

The Coalition’s Projects and Accomplishments in 2023

The Hungarian American Coalition is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. Its mission is to identify and promote the interests of the Hungarian-American community. Its goals are:

  • To foster appreciation of Hungary’s history and culture;
  • To protect and preserve the human and minority rights and cultural heritage of Hungarians throughout the world;
  • To encourage educational and cultural interaction between the people of the U.S. and Hungary;
  • To support democratic institutions and economic development in Hungary.
Education and Culture
  • Welcomed its 100th John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program (LTP) participant Csendike Somogyvári to Washington, DC. Csendike, who was initially selected for the program before the pandemic in 2020, interned for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation from mid-February through May 2023.

  • Continued the administration of the Bognár Family Hungarian Scholarship Fund.  Nine students received stipends for the 2023-2024 academic year: two scholarship recipients are enrolled in universities in Hungary; and seven scholarships were awarded to Hungarian students admitted to universities in the Transylvania region of Romania.

  • Awarded seventeen Hungarian university students the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2023-2024 academic year. The winners are: Ábel Bagdy, enrolled at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs’ (New York, NY) Master of International Relations Program; Lea Bagi, an undergraduate student pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA); Bálint Bordács, admitted to Georgetown University (Washington, DC) pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program; Bence Dort, attending Life University’s (Marietta, GA) Bachelor of Business Marketing; Máté Dort, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology at Life University (Marietta, GA); Anna Júlia Gyenge, attending Cornell University’s (Ithaca, NY) Master’s Program in Apparel Design, Social and Environmental Sustainability and Innovation; Csenge Gyömbér, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Marketing at Wingate University’s Porter B. Byrum School of Business (Wingate, NC); Dávid Kéringer, admitted to Orchestra Now’s Master’s Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); Joel Benjamin Krasznai, enrolled at The University of Akron (Akron, OH) studying Healthcare Administration and Pre-Med; Rahel Krasznai, pursuing an Accelerated Bachelor of Science – Master of Science in Accounting (B.S./M.S.) Program at The University of Akron (Akron, OH); Vanda Mayer, a graduate student in journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (New York, NY);  Barnabás Novák, admitted to California State University (Los Angeles, CA) studying Computer Science; Patrik Pördi, attending University of Maryland’s (College Park, MD) Professional Master of Engineering in Robotics Program; Dóra Reizinger, pursuing a Master’s Program of Sport Health Science at Life University (Marietta, GA); Anna Szantay, an undergraduate student studying Health Science at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY); Lili Rebeka Tóth, enrolled at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY) pursuing Curatorial Studies; and Anais Voski, a PhD student in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) minoring in Psychology at Stanford University (Stanford, CA).

  • Received a $275,000 grant from the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for the Arts and Sciences. The grant was disbursed to the following four programs and institutions: $150,000 was donated to Károly Simonyi Technical and Vocational School; $50,000 went to Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) Károly Simonyi Student College of Advanced Studies; $50,000 was given to Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) Children’s University and $25,000 was provided to the Foundation for the Preschool in Egyházasfalu.

  • Awarded the “Hungarian American Coalition Award” presented to three students of the Bolyai Farkas High School in Marosvásárhely. Totaling $2,000, the awards were presented for the fifth time. The recipients were: graduating seniors Ábel Újfalusi, Péter Vajda and 11th grader Tamás Attila Márton, who were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and community service. The awards were made possible by a donation to the Coalition from the Cultural Foundation for Transylvania (CFT).

  • Hosted Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program Participant Bence Hajdu, who will split his time between the Coalition and the Tisza Folk Ensemble from October 10, 2023 to June 15, 2024.
Information and Advocacy
  • Operated an Office of Information in Washington, D.C. since 1991.

  • Maintained contact with US Embassy officials in Hungary. Coalition President Andrea Lauer Rice and Program Coordinator Noémi Bánhidi met with US Ambassador to Hungary David Pressman at the US Embassy in Budapest and presented the projects and accomplishments of the Coalition as well as discuss issues of mutual interest.

  • Maintained contact with Hungarian government officials – Árpád Potápi, Secretary of State for National Policy; Péter Szilágyi, Ministerial Commissioner responsible for Hungarian communities abroad; Dr. Katalin Szili, the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Commissioner in charge of Minority Protection and Autonomy; and Pirityiné Szabó Judit, Head of Department at the State Secretariat of National Policy.

  • Coalition President Emeritus, Max Teleki met with officials at the State Department, the National Security Council and Congressional offices, as well as with Hungarian Ambassador, Szabolcs Takács.

  • Signed a joint 1-year anniversary statement with the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2023.

  • Continued fundraising efforts to assist Hungarian and Ukrainian refugees escaping war-torn Ukraine. With the generous support of individuals and organizations, the Coalition has raised more than $115,000 since its inception and supported the following projects and initiatives from its Ukraine Relief Fund in 2023:donated $5,000 to the Cultural Alliance of Hungarians in Sub-Carpathia (KMKSZ) to assist with a new program delivering medications and medical care to local Hungarians who are severely ill or disabled.

  • Attended a memorial conference in honor of Miklós Duray, leader of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia for four decades and a long-time friend of the Coalition who passed at the end of 2022. The conference, held at the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest on April 20, 2023, was organized by the Kisebbségekért – Pro Minoritate Alapítvány (Pro Minoritate Foundation) and the Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem (National University of Public Service). Zsolt Szekeres, Treasurer of the Coalition and President of HHRF, gave a presentation on the background and importance of Miklós Duray’s stay in the United States between 1988-1989, as a visiting professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  • Participated in CEEC Advocacy Day on April 26, 2023 at the U.S. Capitol along with 13 ethnic communities and made the interests of 20 million Americans of Central & East European descent visible on various meetings with US senators and representatives. The Coalition was represented by President Emeritus Max Teleki, Coalition member Gabe Rozsa and John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program (LTP) participant Csendike Somogyvári.

  • Published A Decade of Impact (2012-2022).  The 68-page book, an account of the Coalition’s history and accomplishments, was written by Andrea Lauer Rice and Noémi Bánhidi, and designed by Lorelei Grazier Danilchick.

Hungarian American Community Affairs
  • In her capacity as US President of the Hungarian Diaspora Council, Andrea Lauer Rice hosted quarterly community update calls in both English and Hungarian with 50+ community leaders.

  • Attended a reception at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington DC to commemorate the 175th anniversary of 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence on March 15, 2023. The Coalition was represented by John N. Lauer Leadership Training intern Csendike Somogyvári, Dr. Kiss Elemér and Éva Scholarship recipient Patrik Dominik Pördi (student at University of Maryland’s Professional Master of Engineering in Robotics Program) and Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program participant Marietta Walter.

  • Coalition Vice President Dr. Ágnes Virga represented the Coalition at March 15 celebrations to commemorate the 175th anniversary of 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence at the Consulate General of Hungary in New York and also in Boston at events organized by the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts.

  • Attended and co-sponsored the XI. Hungarian Heritage Day held on April 1, 2023 in Boston, MA, organized by Coalition member organization Hungarian Society of Massachusetts.

  • Participated in the Second Annual Hungarian Festival in Washington held on April 29, 2023 in McLean, VA organized by Coalition member organization Kossuth Foundation. The celebration of Hungarian traditions attracted more than 700 visitors, from the Hungarian American community and locals alike. Local and national Hungarian organizations based in Washington also had opportunities to present themselves at their exhibit booths on the Street of Hungarian Organizations. The Coalition was represented at the event by Coalition President Andrea Lauer Rice, Marietta Walter, KCsP participant, and Csendike Somogyvári, LTP intern.

  • Reestablished the Coalition Kávéház series with a conversation entitled “Tour of Hungarian American Museums Across the US” held on May 18, 2023. The program featured: Melissa Katkó Pepin, American Hungarian Foundation – New Brunswick, NJ; Éva Szabó, Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum – Cleveland, OH; Éva Szabó, Orly Museum – Berkeley, CA; Alex and Royanne Kropog, Hungarian Settlement Museum – Arpadhon, LA; and Zita Horváth, MH Folk Hungarian Heritage Home – Ormond Beach, FL.

  • Coalition President Andrea Lauer Rice and Program Coordinator Noémi Bánhidi attended the Hungarian Summit held at Ludovika (National University of Public Service) in Budapest on June 8 organized by Coalition member organization HungarianHub. The largest Hungarian-American conference brought together an impressive lineup of US and Hungarian leaders in the fields of higher education and business. The Summit’s greatest added value is helping Hungarian companies and higher education institutions aiming to establish American ties and entering overseas markets.

  • Coalition, President Andrea Lauer Rice participated in the 9th annual conference of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, held in Budapest on September 15-17, 2023.

  • Coalition President Andrea Lauer Rice and several former LTP interns attended the Zebegény Alumni Summit on September 16, 2023 in Zebegény, Hungary organized by the Hungary Foundation (HF) and Quinnipiac University. This event brought together the alumni of all Quinnipiac- and HF-sponsored scholarships, internships and fellowships and their allies from the business, non-profit and government sector.

  • Attended and co-sponsored Hungarian Night at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival organized by Coalition Board member George Pogan in Chagrin Falls, OH on October 6, 2023. The program featured the screening of ‘56/Z’ directed by Coalition member Réka Pigniczky and Gergő Kiss.

  • Published the interactive, digital version of theMultimedia Exhibit on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 curated in 2022 for the Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue unveiling at Millennium Gate Park available at

  • Created Discover Hungary! Unveiling a Global Heritage, an English-language traveling exhibit to appeal to English-speaking audiences and next generation Hungarians interested in their heritage. The exhibit consists of four three-sided folding panels entitled History of Hungary; Hungarian Diaspora and the Hungarian American Community; Hungarian Minorities in the Carpathian Basin; and Hungarian Inventions and Influential Hungarians. The full text is available at the exhibit’s website at: The project was financed by the Bethlen Gábor Fund.

  • Held its 18th Annual Gala Dinner honoring Dr. E. Sylvester Vizi and The Béla Bartók Hungarian School of Boston (Boskola) on October 19, 2023. Dr. Charles Simonyi, Hungarian American software architect and long-time supporter of the Coalition, was Honorary Chairman of the event, held at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC. Gala co-Chairs were: Governor George Pataki, Edith K. Lauer and Ambassador György Habsburg. János Csák, Hungary’s Minister of Culture and Innovation, attended the Gala with a delegation from the Ministry. At the event, the Coalition also presented two inaugural youth awards: Luca Mórocz received the John N. Lauer Leadership Training Program (LTP) Alumni Award and Dániel Barabási, Boston, MA, was the first recipient of the Community Youth Leadership Award.

  • Attended 67th Anniversary Commemoration of 1956 at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington D.C. with keynote speaker, Hungarian Minister of Culture and Innovation János Csák. Coalition Treasurer Zsolt Szekeres, were in attendance along with Coalition Board members Piros Pazaurek and Julius Várallyay and Coalition Program Coordinator Noémi Bánhidi.

  • Attended the 12th Annual Diaspora Council meeting on November 16, 2023 in Budapest at the Hungarian Castle Gardens. The Coalition was represented by Coalition President Andrea Lauer Rice.

  • Organized the traditional end-of-year Coalition events in Washington, DC.  The events included the annual Mikulás Dinner, and the Annual General and Board Meetings.  The keynote speaker at the Mikulás Dinner was Hunor Kelemen, President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania.
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