|The AHF Disaster Relief Fund|
AHF activates the Disaster Relief Fund - 2013 Flooding in Hungary - Help now! The American Hungarian Federation has activated its Disaster Relief Fund to help families affected by recent flooding. 100% of your tax-deductible donations to AHF go directly to help victims in Hungary using as many volunteer resources as possible to maximize the impact of the funds. [Help now!]
The 2010-2011 AHF Disaster Relief Fund raised over $225,000.00 for victims of devastating flooding and Toxic Sludge in Hungary! The American Hungarian Federation joined forces with its sister organization in Hungary, the Amerikai Magyar Klub, under its "Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány," to raise funds to help families affected by devastating flooding and toxic sludge contamination. [Join Us] to continue to help our community! [read the report]
AHF members raised over $225,000.00 to help victims of devastating flooding and Toxic Sludge in Hungary! AHF expresses its heartfelt thanks to all who contributed!
5/2/2011 - AHF and member organizations in Massachusetts raise money for Toxic Sludge victims in Hungary... At the event held on May 1st, 2011, the Boston community came together to help victims of a toxic waste reservoir rupture in Hungary. A legacy of its communist past, it is Hungary's worst ecological disaster. The AHF Disaster Relief Fund has now raised over $225,000.00. Speakers the event included Event Chair, James Buzgo; AHF Executive Chairman, Bryan Dawson; and New York Consul General, Ambassador Karoly Dan. [read more]
10/12/2010 - In October 2010, AHF activated its Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of the toxic “Red Sludge” disaster following the October 4th rupture of a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary. The rupture released approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least eight people, and injured over120 - many with chemical burns. But the 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated and completely destroyed several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River. Governor Pataki issued a call to help - At the request of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, former New York Governor George Pataki issued a call to raise money to assist the victims of the "Red Sludge" disaster in Hungary. Governor Pataki designated three organizations to receive donations, earmarked for the "Hungarian Relief Fund;" the American Hungarian Federation is one. [read more and DONATE NOW!]
2010: Hungary Floods: State of Emergency declared due to Devastating Flooding in Hungary - Help now! The American Hungarian Federation is joining forces with its sister organization in Hungary, the Amerikai Magyar Klub, under its "Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány," to raise funds to help families affected by devastatingflooding. Do your part and and add your name to the Wall of Honor! [Read more and DONATE NOW] [magyarul]
7/14/2010 UPDATE: AHF co-sponsors delivery of 10,000 pounds of Flood Relief Supplies [read more]
2005: AHF distributes Disaster Relief Funds to Transylvania and the Arpadhon (Albany, LA) Hungarian Settlement Historical Society (HSHS). The AHF Disaster Relief Fund targeted Hungarian disaster victims, currently those affected by hurricane Katrina and Transylvania flooding. Overall, the fund has took in $6,500.00. The $4500.00 was distributed to Székelyudvarhely Mayor Szász Jeno on November 5th. A week earlier, AHF distributed funds to Judith Petho of the Arpadhon (Albany, LA) Hungarian Settlement Historical Society (HSHS). Julia Bika of the Louisiana Hungarians, who also suffered the wrath of Katrina, represented AHF as our liaison to HSHS.
Donations were received from as far away as Australia. Special thanks must be given to San Diego’s House of Hungary who collected $2500.00. AHF also thanks other organizations involved in the relief effort. The Minnesota Hungarians collected $1300.00. The Hungarian Knights of St. John (Johannita Rend) another $300.00. And there are many more stories like this. On October 8th in East Brunswick, New Jersey, the AHF Gala Dinner to support Hungarian Schools in the Csango Regions of Transylvania raised $15,000.00. [read more]
Hungary's 1956 Revolution marked the first tear in the Iron Curtain. Hungarians from all walks of life rose up against the mighty Soviet Union in a desperate fight for freedom. Thousands died, many others tortured and jailed, 200,000 would flee, bringing untold talents to the shores of many nations, some 38,000 coming to the U.S. in the first year alone.
AHF, member organizations and the entire community sprung into action. Building on its experience during WWII, AHF activated its second Hungarian Relief Program, raising over $525,000 and,working closely with the International Rescue Committee, found beds and supplies to aid in the resettlement effort.
1945: The American Hungarian Federation and the Verhovay Insurance Association (a founder of AHF who would later become the William Penn Association) purchased ambulances for the American Red Cross. In 1945, Hungarian-Americans organized large-scale relief programs to help alleviate the sufferings of their countrymen in war-ravaged Hungary. The American Hungarian Relief Program, under the auspices of the American Hungarian Federation, collected and sent $1,216,167.00 in clothing, medicine, foodstuffs and money. In all, 200,000 care packages were sent by countless local and national groups. [read more]
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