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2013 Flooding in Hungary - Help now!Help AHF Help the Community!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!]


Devastating Flooding in Hungary - 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!


Help AHF Help the Community!AHF and member organizations in Massachusetts raise money for Toxic Sludge victims in Hungary5/2/2011 - 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]


On Monday, October 4th, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four people, and injured over 120 - many with chemical burns.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!]


Devastating Flooding in Hungary - Help now!The Alapítvány President and AHF Co-President Balogh Gyula (seen here) and its Co-President Dreisziger Zsuzsanna (who put together the relief effort) and Merczel Sándor President of Kincsem Hungária (which provided the logistical support) traveled from Budapest to Boldva, Edelény, and Szendrő to review the local situation and deliver the supplies.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]


Flooding2005: 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]


The Hungarian Freedom Fighter was Time Magazine's "Man of the Year"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.


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. The greatest benefactors of the movement were: Mrs. László Széchényi (née Gladys Vanderbilt), Lajos Szánthó, president of the Virginia Kentucky Tobacco Company and Daniel Szantay, president of the Santay Corporation. Total estimated costs of the relief program exceeded three million dollars.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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AHF ACTIVATES DISASTER RELIEF FUND!
2013 Flooding in Hungary!
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AHF's 100 YEARS
CONGRESSIONAL DISPLAY

by Bryan Dawson

AHF 100 YEARS DISPLAY: AHF relief efforts during WWII
AHF relief efforts during WWII
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AHF 100 YEARS DISPLAY: AHF relief efforts during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
AHF relief efforts during
the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
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Wall of Honor
AHF honors those selfless individuals for giving to the 2010-2011 Disaster Relief Fund!

(This list and dollar amount does not include those that gave to the Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Alapítvány-Amerikai Magyar Klub AMKA. If you donated and we missed your name below, please contact us!)

Donations 200,000.00+

  • Anonymous

Donations 2000.00 - 2500.00+

  • Hungarian Christian Society of Venice (FL)
  • Gabriella Laszlo

Donations 1,000.00 - 1,999.00

  • Kossuth Club of Sarasota
  • Minnesota Hungarians
  • Hungarian Scout Association, Garfield Home
  • James Buzgo
  • Bryan and Chiquis Dawson

Donations 500.00 - 999.00

  • UBS Boston
  • Geza Cseri
  • Andrew Major
  • Gabor Garai
  • Karoly and Maria Varga
  • Julius Horvath
  • Steve Marcus

Donations 200.00 - 499.00

  • Peter Mathe
  • Akos Nagy
  • Dr. Balint Kacsoh
  • New Brunswick Hungarian Festival Cash Donations (thanks to organizer Mikolt Banyai and festival donor
  • Paulovits Bela & Agnes
  • Olga Keller
  • Anna & Mihaly Grell
  • Muriel Szombathy
  • Beata Apatoczky
  • John Pattan
  • Csilla Banyai
  • Erno Santha
  • Janos Porszasz

Donations 100.00 - 199.00

  • Hungarian Scouts troop #38
  • Michael Kosztarab
  • Frank Novak
  • Bela Litpak
  • Judith Nemethy
  • Bela Bognar
  • Ilona Gates
  • Matthew & Eva Csapkay
  • Banyai Bibor
  • Sandor and Zsuzsa Murray
  • Zoltan and Ilona Nagy
  • Andrew and Cecilia Rekay
  • Martha Kosa
  • Joseph Korbl
  • Olympia Nagy-Hillman
  • Levente Ferencz
  • Peter Mitchell
  • Agota Vamos
  • Dr. Steven Steiner
  • Orsolya Mile
  • Erika Faber
  • Ivan Kurcsinka
  • Balint Gergely
  • Zoltan Bagdy
  • Laszlo Kapitany
  • Judy Kekesi
  • Jonathan D Martin
  • George Mezo
  • George Kunos
  • Susanna Merva
  • Balint Gergely
  • Zoltan Bagdy
  • Laszlo Kapitany
  • Crystal Rimoczy

Donations 50.00 - 100.00

  • Paola Polanyi
  • Elizabeth Feher
  • Julianna Thierry
  • Schibrat Erika
  • Eva Kiss
  • Barbara Kiss
  • Laszlo Fulop
  • Leslie Karpat
  • Irene Rezbanyay
  • Laszlo Weress
  • Lajos Elteto
  • Laszlo Szekely
  • Sandor Korompai
  • Mikolt Banyai
  • United Footprints Organization
  • Laszlo Fodor
  • Ildiko Paulovits
  • Maria Pflum
  • Eva & George Ouwendijk
  • Éva Radics
  • James Ferrebee
  • Tamas Gloetzer
  • Szabolcs Biro
  • Joseph C Horvath
  • Judy Szabo
  • Tamas Eros
  • Kathy E Tezla
  • Janos Szablya
  • George Mezo
  • Lidia Vigyazo
  • Laszlo Kustos
  • Zsuzsa Lengyel
  • Agi Bussanich
  • Eva Kazella
  • Adrian Solti
  • Zoltan Hrotko
  • Leslie Muray
  • Andrea Havasi
  • George Racz
  • Veronika Semsakova
  • Maria Garger
  • Peter Somssich
  • Dayle Daines
  • Matthew Karlyn
  • Zoltan Hrotko
  • Leslie Muray
  • Andrea Havasi
  • George Racz
  • Veronika Semsakova
  • Maria Garger
  • Peter Somssich
  • Dayle Daines
  • Matthew Karlyn
  • Zakhar Razumovskiy
  • Patrick Fitzsimons
  • Ivan Kristoffy
  • Kinga Borondy
  • Judith Baillio
  • John Halstead
  • Agnes Virga
  • Eva Haber
  • Katalin Urban
  • Ibolya Tünde Tanzer

Donations < 50.00

  • Debra West
  • Katarina Gombocz
  • Zsuzsanna Csige
  • Rhomance Moreland
  • Leslie Muray
  • Brendan Ciecko
  • Elizabeth Dobrska
  • Ildiko Oyler

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