Gathering for a Cause
Americans, Hungarians, and others of various cultures gathered, as is tradition, for the 10th year in the Sheraton Hotel at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia.
The American Hungarian Federation, The American Hungarian Heritage House, and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington organized the Jótékonysági Est (Benefit Event) to support educational and charitable programs. The Hungary Initiatives Foundation also was a proud supporter for this event and contributed to the wonderful cause that this Ball has been pursuing for the past 10 years: sharing the Hungarian traditions through music, wine, dancing, fashion, picture exhibits, and most importantly, the people.
Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States was also in attendance. Other special guests included representatives of Marymount University, the Hungarian Scouts of Washington, the Hungary Initiatives Foundation, the American Hungarian Federation, and also the American Hungarian Heritage House.
All attendees enjoyed an evening of performances also. A highlight was the BYME Fashion Show by Hungarian designer Tünde Hrivnák and her model team. A third highlight at the Ball was the beautiful performance of Soprano singer Edit Szappanos and pianist Dóra Bizják. Hungarian dances were also performed by Szilárd Benk and Kata Seres. All performances brought excitement and a sense of pride to the Hungarian culture and talent.
HIFs President, Dr. Tamás Fellegi, was also in attendance for this event along with other HIF administrators who thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and great evening.
All in all, the event was a great place for attendees to socialize, reminisce about Hungarian traditions and memories, and mainly to preserve the culture and share it with others.