News from Southwest Florida
10/21 - 12/3/2006 - Andy Evva of the American Foundation for Hungarian Youth and Culture (AFHYC) working with Frank Dobos of the Hungarian Club of Southwest Florida and local leaders dedicate "Talpra Magyar" memorial to 1956. The Collier County Board of County Commissioners named the Main Government Complex as "Freedom Memorial Park" and approved the "Talpra Magyar" 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution Commemorative Sculpture unveiled on December 3, 2006. They also issued a proclamation seen here.
The statue dedication is the result of local Hungarian Americans pushing for recognition of the uprising, and county officials' desire to create monuments to freedom… Commissioner Fred Coyle, a leading advocate of turning the complex into a freedom park, has said he wants "to challenge people into thinking in concrete terms about what freedom means to them." Collier County Commissioners (which includes two Hungarian-American Donna Fiala and Frank Halas), Honor Guards from the US Marines, Coast Guard, NYPD, and County Sheriff joined the Hungarian American Community in this historic event for Collier County.
Following the unveiling, the American Foundation for Hungarian Youth and Culture (AFHYC) held a reception for over 200 at the Three Oaks Banquet Center in Estero.
AHF is proud to have been a "Patriot of Freedom" sponsor and extends its congratulations to all those who cooperated on the important project to ensure that 1956 is not forgotten. [read the article] on Naples Daily News. To get involved in SW Florida, contact Andy Evva at ASEVVA@aol.com
10/21/2006 - The Hungarian Club of Southwest Florida is having a dinner on Oct 21 in honor of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at the Florest Glen Country Club in Naples at 6:30 for reservations call Frank Dobos 239-597-2345 after Sept. 27th. All Hungarians and Friends of Hungarians are welcome to join the club and take part in the activities.
They will then hold a memorial service in honor of the hero's of 1956 with Rev. Istvan Nagy, pastor at the Lely Presbyterian church, Sunday Oct 22nd at 12 noon. << Back to AHF Florida
1/28/2006 - AHF Leadership Conference in Venice, Florida... AHF members met at the Hungarian Christian Society's Hungarian Club in Venice to discuss AHF 2006/2007 plans, how to improve coordination at both a local and national level, and events related to the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Representatives from Florida organizations presented their activities. Andy Evva and Frank Dobos of the American Foundation for Hungarian Youth and Culture and the Naples Hungarian Club, respectively, provided a multimedia overview of their remarkable recent activities that include extensive plans for 1956 commemorations and a short video on the 1956 Revolution set to powerful rock music with lyrics subtitled in English to appeal to the younger generation. AHF VP Kalman Nagy of the Venice Hungarian Club proudly showed participants AHF's 1956 memorial which he spearheaded and funded with almost $10,000 (seen here with Executive Committee chair Dr. Paul Szilagyi) and unveiled on October 23, 2005 as Hurricane Wilma approached. At the end of the conference, the Hungarian Christian Society Donated $1000.00 to support AHF's national efforts. [read more] << Back to AHF Florida
Naples, FL: The American Foundation for Hungarian Youth and Culture - raising funds with 1956 Commemorative Car Ribbon Freedom Magnets
The Foundation supports education and awareness of Hungarian Culture
in Naples and in Hungary, primarily among youth. They are also making
plans to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Support the cause
by purchasing Ribbon Car Magnets to commemorate the 1956 Fight for Freedom.
It says "USA 1776 / Hungary 1956: Freedom is not Free." Magnets
cost 1-4 magnets cost $5.00 each, with quantity discounts. Tax-deductible
donations are also appreciated. Contact Andrew Evva, President at (239)
593-9513 or email@example.com
Venice Hungarians preparing to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of 1956 with a series of events kicking off on October 23, 2005! AHF VP Kálman Nagy reports that the Hungarian Christian Society of Venice has already raised $5000.00 toward a fundraising dinner and a 1956 memorial to be erected in Sarasota. Work on the memorial has already broke ground!
The Hungarian Christian Society are also sponsoring several 1956 Freedom Fighters from Hungary who will attend the ceremonies in Venice and other events in Washington, D.C.
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