April 14, 2004.
- Hungarian Consulate General, NY
PRE-EVENT RECEPTION AND PRESS CONFERENCE
to announce the landmark event:
ANNUAL GRAND EUROPE
First time in New York City
Followed by "Europe on the Move"
After Hour Party for Young Professionals
Co-Hosted by the Manhattan Hungarian Network
Saturday, May 1, 2004 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City
Celebrating the Historic Expansion of the European Union
TRANSATLANTIC FRIENDSHIP, SUCCESS AND SHARED
HERITAGE WILL BE CELEBRATED IN NEW YORK CITY
Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy
Horváth Consul General of Hungary and Dinner Co-Chair reviewed
that the key goal of The Grand Europe Ball is to convey the
message that an enlarged European Union enhances the existing mutually
beneficial partnership and trust between Europe and the United States.
With all European Union Ambassadors and Consuls General expected to
attend, The Grand Europe Ball promises to be an international occasion
like none other. In addition to the impressive diplomatic presence and
historic importance of the event, a diverse evening of entertainment
will be provided.
President of LaPont International-USA, Inc., founder
and producer of The Grand Europe Ball said that on May 1st,
2004 the Grand Europe Ball will be held for the first time in New York
City, because it's the perfect home for the Ball. New York is not only
the home of the United Nations, it is also the home of many Americans
with European ancestry.
signature event has been a huge success worldwide since 1993.
George Lang, Dinner
Co-Chair of the Ball, renowned New York restaurateur and writer
expressed his enthusiasm for the event.
Mr. Lang sees himself as
a craftsman, who opened more than 200 restaurants all over the world,
all different, and in 1990 he returned to Hungary to purchase, with
his partner Ronald Lauder, the legendary Gundel restaurant in
Budapest. He arrived to America in 1946 and eventually became also a
passionate American. He feels that America was and still is the only
place where if you want something, and you put work and time into it,
you could make it. The very first job he held in New York was cleaning
vegetables at Columbia University's restaurant, but eventually he got
to the Waldorf and became the assistant banquet manager arranging
banquet for Queen Elizabeth, among others.
Being a "great great
father, son, cousin" of the Waldorf and to go back on May 1st
on this unbelievable event has fabulous meaning for Mr. Lang, who
strongly recommends to do everything you can to bring people to buy
tables, seats to help the first Grand Europe Ball in New York to
become an extraordinary success.
Carro Castrilla, Deputy EU Ambassador to the UN talked about the
importance of this historic moment and urged everybody to participate
actively celebrating enlargement of the European Union.
Charlie Kipps, script writer will perform the duties of the
Master of Ceremony at the Grand Europe Ball NYC
Professor Volker R.
Berghahn, Director of Institute for the Study of Europe History
Department represented Columbia University at the reception. Columbia
University will benefit from the Ball in recognition of the
University's dedication to teaching European culture and history and
also receiving European scholars and post-grads for various projects.
Anton Karlov Acting Consul General of the Bulgarian Consulate General, NY
with Alex Donner, leader of The Alex Donner Orchestra
which will provide music and entertainment at the Ball
Mimi Mautner with George Lang
Mr. Lang interviewed by American Urban Radio Networks