On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, Dr. Réka Szemerkényi is hosting a black-tie Gala Dinner to honor the bravery and the values of the young Hungarian freedom fighters of 1956.

The Commemorative Gala Dinner will be held

on Sunday, October 16th at 6:30 pm

at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20240

The evening will include well-known Freedom Fighters of the time.

“The revolution of 1956 was the expression of the Hungarian people’s desire for freedom and democracy. It began and symbolized a movement in Eastern Europe, which eventually brought an end to Soviet occupation in this region and led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. Freedom and democracy are the central pillars of the US and of the Hungarian-American relations rebuilt after 1990, which we deeply treasure,” said Ambassador Szemerkényi.

The festive evening will bring together leaders of Washington’s governmental, diplomatic, corporate, and societal segments of the community, as well as prominent Hungarians who recently made an impact on American life.

The Master of Ceremony of the Gala Evening will be Ari Fleischer, himself of Hungarian descent.

Among those attending are Steven F. Udvar-Hazy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum fame; Thomas Peterffy, inventor of online trading; Charles and Peter Gogolak of the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants football renown, respectively; Adrienne Vittadini of her eponymous fashion empire.

The Government of Hungary shall be represented by the Hungarian Minister of National Development, His Excellency Dr. Miklós Seszták. The keynote speech will be delivered by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Other notables attending are Congressman Dennis Ross; Congresswoman Debbie Dingell; US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell; Former Governor George Pataki; Rear-Admiral Dr. Susan J. Blumenthal; Philanthropists Calvin Cafritz and Mary V. Mochary; Songwriter and Hitmaker Desmond Child; Chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice Annette Lantos; Brigadier General (Ret.) Peter Zwack and the Ambassadors of more than a dozen countries.

For further information, please contact the Press Attaché or visit the website of the Embassy of Hungary at washington.gov.hu.