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2012 PAPRIKA!

Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel
2012 PAPRIKA!
The Global Trek

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, under the leadership of its president Marika Megyimori, hosted the 22nd annual Paprika! event on March 3, 2012 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Marika Megyimori at Paprika! 2012

Marika Megyimori


Ms. Megyimori and Elizabeth Papp-Taylor served as Chairs of the sumptuous event.

Elizabeth Papp-Taylor

Elizabeth Papp-Taylor

This year's theme was "The Global Trek" in honor of keynote speaker Albert Ratner, the force behind the Global Cleveland project.

Arriving guests were escorted into the event by young people from the Csardas Dance Company in traditional costumes.

Young Cleveland students in traditional Hungarian costumes

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."

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

David Wittman, anchor of Channel 19 Action News

David Wittman, anchor of Channel 19 Action News





David Wittman, anchor of Channel 19 Action News


Master of Ceremonies David Wittman introduced Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic.


Dr. Roizen told a story about actor Robin Williams who said that everyone should get the chance to wake up in Cleveland.

Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Michael Roizen





Dr. Roizen then introduced the evening's honoree, Albert Ratner.

Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic





Mr Ratner seized the opportunity to joke about his introducer and friend Dr. Michael Roizen.

Mr Ratner's deceased first wife and current wife are both of Hungarian descent so he shared some humorous stories about Hungarian women and their husbands.



Albert Ratner jokes about Hungarian married couples


Albert Ratner of Forest City




Albert Ratner talks about Hungarian women



Mr Ratner spoke about immigrants and their choices and how the US is a melting pot.

Albert Ratner of Forest City





He also spoke about the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel.



See more from Albert Ratner's Keynote at Paprika 2012.


Dance music and dinner music was provided by Harmonia whose repertoire included traditional folk music of Eastern Europe.

Harmonia

Harmonia


The Ohio Light Opera also performed. The Ohio Light Opera is the Resident Professional Company of the College of Wooster.

Ohio Light Opera performers Pianist Jim Mismas, Caroline Miller and Benjamin Krumreig

Ohio Light Opera performers Pianist Jim Mismas,
Caroline Miller and Benjamin Krumreig



Ohio Light Opera performers  Caroline Miller and Benjamin Krumreig

Ohio Light Opera performers Caroline Miller and Benjamin Krumreig



Throughout the evening a Silent Auction of highly coveted items of all types took place to support the CHDP.

The evening was another outstanding success and the committee members should be congratulated for a job very well done.

Enjoy these images from Paprika! 2012

Andrea Meszaros and Ted Horvath

Andrea Meszaros and Ted Horvath


Albert and Audrey Ratner with Jenny and Glenn Brown

Albert and Audrey Ratner with Jenny and Glenn Brown


Michelle Ward, Richard Fleischman and Karen Moss

Michelle Ward, Richard Fleischman and Karen Moss


Jim Balogh

Jim Balogh


Marika Megyimori and Ernie Mihaly

Marika Megyimori and Ernie Mihaly


Mark, Nicole, Jo Ann and Ed Radick and Cory Smith

Mark, Nicole, Jo Ann and Ed Radick and Cory Smith


Marilyn and Gil Herrick and Carolyn Balogh

Marilyn and Gil Herrick and Carolyn Balogh


Albert and Mrs Ratner and Mrs and Dr. Michael Roizen

Albert and Mrs Ratner and Mrs and Dr. Michael Roizen


Egon Luengo, Jenny Brown, Katherine Luengo, Glenn Brown, Brett Luengo

Egon Luengo, Jenny Brown, Katherine Luengo,
Glenn Brown and Brett Luengo


Lisa and Alex Petrus

Lisa and Alex Petrus


Mary Ellen and Umberto Fedeli

Mary Ellen and Umberto Fedeli


David and Carol Whitman with Chuck and Patti Ciuni

David and Carol Whitman with Chuck and Patti Ciuni


Marika Megyimori

Marika Megyimori


Richard and Stacey Zahoranski

Richard and Stacey Zahoranski


Glenn Brown, Dr. Reger, Jenny Brown, Ernie Mihaly, Narcisz Fejes and Greg  Polyak

Glenn Brown, Dr. Reger, Jenny Brown, Ernie Mihaly,
Narcisz Fejes and Greg Polyak


Terry and Larry Miller

Terry and Larry Miller


John Megyimori

John Megyimori


John Bashian

John Bashian


Ratners and Roizens

Fun at Paprika 2012


Hungarian costumes


US and Hungarian flags at entrance of Paprika event


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