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2011 PAPRIKA!

Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel
2011 PAPRIKA!
Party on the Puszyta

Paprika! The word alone sounds hot, spicy and fun, making it the perfect name for this 21st annual celebration.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, under the leadership of its president Marika Megyimori, hosted the event on February 26, 2011 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Paprika! Co-chairs Albert L. Ladanyi and Elizabeth Papp-Taylor outdid themselves with the lavish décor and sumptuous food.

This year's theme was "Party on the Puszyta". It was a celebration of the "Cowboys and Characters of the Hungarian Plains (Puszyta)."

Arriving guests were escorted into the event by young people from the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble in traditional costumes.

Enese Chmielewski and Joe Gyorky

Enese Chmielewski and Joe Gyorky


Before dinner, hors d'oeuvres were served and Apricot Brandy (Pálinka) flowed freely through an elegant ice sculpture.

Apricot Brandy (palinka) ice horse sculpture


The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who attempt to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians. They "provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the area of commerce, education, health and human services."

Marika Megyimori

Marika Megyimori welcomed the crowd and explained the good work that has been done in Hungary and the US because of this annual event





It is important to note some of the tremendous accomplishments this organization has achieved. Among them (but not limited to) are the following:
  • Purchased textbooks for US Peace Corps in Hungary
  • Supported Ohio University
  • Supported University of Pecs, Hungary
  • Provided mammogram testing in Hungary through Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Supported students at John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and others

Special guests were escorted into the ballroom for the Grand Promenade.



The Grand Promenade


The emcee for the evening was David Wittman, anchor of Channel 19 Action News.

Carol and Davis Wittman

Carol and David Wittman


Two special people were honored. And they happen to have been married for more than twenty years!

David Wittman introduced the first honoree, architect Richard Fleischman. He has been pursuing his "life-long goals of providing vision, inspiring innovation, developing concepts and creating change" for almost 50 years at his Cleveland firm.



Richard Fleischman and Helen Moss

Honorees Richard Fleischman and Helen Moss

Helen Moss has long been an activist. When she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer she began to use her skills to help women suffer less both from the disease and the treatment. She is the first "Patient Advocate" appointed to the international Society for Integrative Oncology Board of Trustees. She is also a nine year survivor of the cancer.



Dance music and dinner music was provided by Harmonia whose repertoire included traditional folk music of Eastern Europe. The Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble performed a traditional dance to conclude the pre-dinner festivities.



The Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble performs a Hungarian dance from the Plains

Dinner was second to none with a starter soup of Hungarian Gulyas covered in puff pastry. A delicious intermezzo of sorbet of Tokay Aszu (a Hungarian wine) followed a delightful salad.

The entrée was skillfully prepared tenderloin from the Hortobagyi region of Hungary. The entire dinner was wonderful, but could not hold a candle to the Hungarian Sweet Finale of assorted Hungarian pastries, tortes and napoleons.

Throughout the evening a Silent Auction of highly coveted items of all types was going on. A lucky bidder could find themselves staying at the Four Seasons Greshamn Palace in Budapest, or sipping form one of the very special bottles of wine. There were many opportunities to support the CHDP and be rewarded with a lovely item.

All in all the evening was a tremendous success and the committee members should be congratulated for a job very well done.

Enjoy these images from Paprika! 2011

Jim Balogh, Dr. Judit Puskas, Steven Balogh

Jim Balogh, Dr. Judit Puskas and Steven Balogh


Jean and John Szucs and Kori Smith

Jean and John Szucs and Kori Smith


Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College

Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College


Elmer Meszaros, Andrea Meszaros and Jenny and Glenn Brown

Elmer and Andrea Meszaros with Jenny and Glenn Brown


Dr. Evy Neufeld and honoree Helen Moss

Dr. Evy Neufeld and honoree Helen Moss


Miro Pujana, August Pust and Gerry Polyak

Miro Pujana, August Pust and Gregory Polyak


Sister Diana Stano, Kim Fleischman, honoree Richard Fleischman, Sister Rosemary Hocevar and Gayle Montalto

Sister Diana Stano, Kim Fleischman, honoree Richard Fleischman, Sister Rosemary Hocevar and Gayle Montalto




In this video, Gregory Polyak of the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel talks about Paprika!


Marika Megyimori in Csikos cowboy hat

Marika Megyimori in Csikos cowboy hat


Carolyn Balogh, Miro G. Pujana and Maria Pujana

Carolyn Balogh, Miro G. Pujana and Maria Pujana


Endre Szentkiralyi, Kristen Slattery and Tamas Csajka

Endre Szentkiralyi, Kristen Slattery and Tamas Csajka


Juliana and Christopher Kacscak

Juliana and Christopher Kacscak


Ernie Mihaly

Ernie Mihaly


Gabriel Kovas and Lexi Tabor

Gabriel Kovas and Lexi Tabor


Allen Waddle and daughter Christina

Allen Waddle and daughter Christina


John Megyimori and daughter Marika

John Megyimori and daughter Marika


Zsofia Sszelpal and Mathias Tabor

Zsofia Sszelpal and Mathias Tabor


Elizabeth Kovats, Dr. Gregory Kundray, Dr. Ildiko Kundray and Bela Kovatz

Elizabeth Kovats, Dr. Gregory Kundray,
Dr. Ildiko Kundray and Bela Kovatz


Gracie and Laszlo Frics

Gracie and Laszlo Frics


August and Gloria Pust

August and Gloria Pust


Jenny Brown and Richard Fleischman

Jenny Brown and Richard Fleischman


Harmonia

Harmonia


Cimbalom of Harmonia

Playing the Cimbalom


Helen Moss and Gloria Pust

Helen Moss and Gloria Pust


The Cleveland Hungarian Folk Ensemble

The Cleveland Hungarian Folk Ensemble


Jean and John Szucs

Jean and John Szucs


Newlyweds John and Julie Megyimori with mother Marika

Newlyweds John and Julie Megyimori with mother Marika


Juliana Kacscak, Sander 'Al' Vaga and Christopher Kacscak

Juliana Kacscak, Sander 'Al' Vaga and Christopher Kacscak


Authentic Hungarian Costumes on display at Cleveland Paprika!

Authentic Hungarian Costumes on display at Paprika!


Authentic Hungarian Costumes on display at Cleveland Paprika!


Authentic Hungarian Costumes on display at Cleveland Paprika!


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