The Hungarian Charity Ball: May 16, 2009, Washington, D.C.
5/16/2009 - The Hungarian Charity Ball returned to to Washington for 2009! The 2009 Hungarian Charity Ball, organized by the American Hungarian Federation and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington, raised funds for the Budapest based Juvenile Cancer Foundation to build an Oncology Treatment Center for Children in Hungary. Sadly, there are approximately 300 children who are diagnosed with cancer in Hungary every year. There is a great need to establish a treatment center focused on such children.
On January 1, 1998, the Foundation became a "priority nonprofit organization," the first such entity in Hungary. One of the Foundation's key objectives is to build a reference 300-bed hospital and treatment center for children with cancer which would offer medical services ranging from diagnosis to sustainable treatment on the level of developed nations by highly qualified medical doctors, nurses and social workers to ensure the recovery of children. Until the full project is realized, the Foundation does its utmost to help those in need, poviding regular financial assistance to the families of children with cancer, medication, vitamins and food supplements. By 1999, it became the most widely supported non-profit foundation in Hungary. The Foundation is independent from political parties; individual politicians support its activities irrespective of their party affiliations.
Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi, Member of the Ball's Honorary Committee, attended the Ball with his wife, Mrs. Andrea Bors Somogyi. At the end of the ball, Frank Koszorus, Jr., Co-President of the American Hungarian Federation, presented Dr. István Balogh, President of the Juvenile Cancer Foundation, with a check of contributions from the ball's proceeds. Thanks to the Hungarian Embassy for the photos.
2009 BÁLBIZOTTSÁG / BALL COMMITTEE
Tiszteletbeli Védnökök / Honorary Committee
About the Hungarian Scouts [more]
The Magyar Cserkészszövetség, the primary national Scouting organization of Hungary, was founded in 1912, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1990. The coeducational Magyar Cserkészszövetség has 7,198 members as of 2004.
Scouting in Hungary is maintained through Magyar Cserkészet Tanácsa, the Council of Hungarian Scouting. There are two associations in this national federation, Magyar Cserkészszövetség, the Hungarian Scout Association, and Magyar Cserkészcsapatok Szövetsége. Also serving Hungarian Scouts is Magyar Cserkészlány Szövetség, the Association of Hungarian Girl Guides.
Hungarian Scouting was founded in 1909 under Austria-Hungary, and the first Scout group in the dual monarchy, MCA-1912 HAS, was founded in Budapest in 1910. Scouting started in the separate nation of Hungary in 1919, at the end of World War I, when Austria and Hungary were divided. In 1920, the magazine Magyar Cserkész ("Hungarian Scout") was first published.
Hungary was a founding member of the World Scout Bureau in 1922 and later was a founding member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, WAGGGS, which was in fact established in Parád, Hungary, in 1928.
In 1924, at the World Scout Jamboree in Copenhagen, Hungarian Scouts attending their first jamboree came third in the competition of the nations, behind British and American Scouts. They were especially good at water sports.
The first Hungarian National Jamboree in 1926 had 10,000 participants. Hungary hosted the fourth World Jamboree in 1933 at the royal forest of Gödöllo, outside Budapest, in which 26,000 Scouts from 54 nations camped together. The camp chief was Teleki Pál, the member of the International Committee who later became Prime Minister of Hungary. This was the first time there was a Jamboree subcamp for Scouts taking part in aviation. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fourth World Jamboree, the Hungarian Scout Association hosted a fourth World Jamboree Memorial Camp at Bélapátfalva, Hungary in 1993.
After World War II, the Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség
started operating in the displaced persons camps in Germany and Austria
in 1948 as the Teleki Pál Scout Association, renamed in 1948 as
the Hungarian Scout Association. Scouting was well organized and popular
in Hungary until it was officially abolished by the Communist regime in
1948, but remained nascent underground...
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