The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Science Center, hosted the 24th annual Paprika! event on March 1, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. This year's theme was Diamonds of Science: The Brilliance of Hungarian Minds.
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 introduced Elizabeth Papp Taylor, president of the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel.
Elizabeth Papp Taylor and David Wittman
CHDP President Elizabeth Papp Taylor spoke of the Hungarian Nobel Prize winners and brilliant minds especially Erno Rubik who created Rubik's cube.
Next, Great Lakes Science Center President and CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen PhD spoke of the focus on real scientific challenges at the Great Lakes Science Center and told of a future exhibit honoring the 40th anniversary of the first working prototype of Erno Rubik's cube.
Then David Wittman read a letter from Erno Rubik who created Rubik's cube.
William Penn Association National Director Richard Sarosi presented a check to Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel president Elizabeth Papp Taylor. The William Penn Association is America's only fraternal Hungarian Insurance agency.
Elizabeth Papp Taylor and William Penn Association National Director Richard Sarosi
In a surprise to the honorees, Jim and Carolyn Balogh were honored for their numerous contributions to the Hungarian community. MC David Wittman listed a few of their many accomplishments and Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel president Elizabeth Papp Taylor presented them with an original piece of art - created by the Balogh's daughter.
Elizabeth Papp Taylor and Jim and Carolyn Balogh
Jim and Carolyn Balogh with award
After traditional Hungarian dances from the Cleveland Hungarian Scouts Folk Ensemble, CHDP President Elizabeth Papp Taylor and Chair Albert L. Ladanyi thanked the attendees and performers and then the dancing began.
Elizabeth Papp Taylor and Albert L. Ladanyi
Page 1 (this page) - Main Paprika! 2014 Page
Page 2 - Photos of the setting, costumes and people
Page 3 - Cleveland Hungarian Scouts Folk Ensemble entertainment
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