March 19, 2005 - Manhattan, NYC

Millenium Health Foundation

FIFTEENTH HUNGARIAN SPRING BALL 2005

To benefit
The
Millenium Health Foundation, Inc.
to provide better health care for women and infants,
and medical research in preventive health care
in Hungary and the United States

Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy

Dr. Miklós Tóth
Founder and President of The Millenium Health Foundation, Inc.


The Millenium Health Foundation (MHF) is a New York based non-profit organization, which aims to provide better healthcare for women and children in the United States and Hungary.

There are two main areas in which the foundation is providing assistance: medical research and the purchase of new equipment for hospitals.

The Ball is the main fundraising event of the Millennium Health Foundation. Several hospitals in Hungary benefited from the funds raised. In New York the Foundation supports Cystic Fibrosis research.


Guest of honor Andrea Rost was presented
with the Special Achievement Award


World renowned Hungarian Opera Star, Ms. Andrea Rost, was feted at the 15th biannual Hungarian Spring Ball. Ms. Rost, who is enjoying a critical time in her success on the international opera scene, recently released a new CD "Andrea Rost, Che Cosa E’ Amor" through Warner Classics. Ms. Rost was appropriately celebrated by fellow Hungarian and Hungarian-American’s at this lively and well known event in New York City.

After finishing her studies at the Budapest Music Conservatory, in 1989 Andrea Rost made her opera debut as Juliette in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. Two years later, Miss Rost became a solo artist at the Wiener Staatsoper, singing roles such as Zerlina, Rosina, Adina and Susanna. Next she added Donizetti's Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, and, in her very succesfull debut at La Scala 1994, Rigoletto's Gilda.

At the Salzburg Festival she participated in a new production of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten (under Solti), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (under Harnoncourt) and La traviata (under Muti). Miss Rost was heard at the Paris Opera as Susanna, Lucia, Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Gilda and at Covent Garden she debuted as Susanna and also sang Violetta, as well as the title role in the World Premiere of Donizetti's Elisabetta, an opera long considered lost.

In the USA, Andrea Rost sang Zerlina, Gilda, Violetta and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in Chicago and in 1996 made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Adina in L,'Elisir d'amore, where she was also heard as Gilda and Lucia. She sang in the Washington Opera Antonia and in Los Angeles Pamina. 

Millenium Health Foundation, Inc. Press Release


Cocktail Reception and
Silent Auction benefiting the Millenium Health Foundation

The Hungarian Spring Ball, one of the major social events in New York City, has been celebrating Hungary and Hungarian contributions to America and the world for the last 20 years. The Ball is held every other spring in Manhattan to a crowd of over 300 people. The event is regularly attended by famous and well-known Hungarians who enjoy traditional Hungarian cuisine, music and dance at this event.

One of the highlights of the evening was the live auction conducted by Archduke Geza von Habsburg. The items presented included vacation, restaurants, painting and elegant jewelry.

At midnight, Tokaji Aszu and famous Hungarian pastries were served and the dance continues into the early hours of the morning.

THIS YEAR'S HONOREE: ANDREA ROST

PAST HONOREES

George Pataki, Governor of the State of New York
Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
Eva Marton, Opera Singer
Adrianne Vittadini, Designer
William Murray, International Lawyer, Philanthropist
George Lang, Restaurateur, Café des Artistes
George Ames, Partner, Lazard Freres
Michael Korda, Writer
Laszlo Papp, Architect
George Jellinek, author and radio host
György Sándor, pianist

Beautiful collection of fanciful porcelain objects hand made and hand painted were
donated by Herend of Hungary, was one of the most precious gifts of the auction

Mrs. Gabriella Lonkai Horváth, Ms. Vera Blinken, Ms. Andrea Rost,
Mrs. Adrianne Toth Vittadini, Mrs. Nadia Simonyi, Dr. András Simonyi,
Mrs. Elena Tóth and Dr. Miklós Tóth

Dr. Gábor Horváth, Ms. Isabel Pavao, painter, Mrs. Gabriella Lonkai Horváth,
Mr. George B. Kendall, Ms. Myriam Bolland-Koves, Mr. Attila Gögh,
Malév Regional Director North America, Mrs. Ágnes Gögh és Mr. James Horváth

Andrea Rost was awarded the Special Achievement Award,
presented by Adrianne Toth Vittadini

Response by Andrea Rost

Dinner

Live Auction
Auctioneer: Archduke Géza von Habsburg

Isabel Pavao's painting: "Valentine's Series" - inspired on a poem
"There is no joy in possession without sharing" was
donated by Ms. Isabel Pavao-Horvath and presented by Mrs. Elena Toth
 

Chocker of baroque round pearls donated by Mrs. Elena Toth...

...and the happy winner

Dr. Miklós Tóth, founder and president of The Millenium Health Foundation, Inc.
was awarded with the Order of Merits of the Republic of Hungary Officer's Cross,
(Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Tisztikeresztje)
presented by Dr. András Simonyi, Ambassador of Hungary
and Dr. Gábor Horváth, Ambassador, Consul General of Hungary

Dr. Gábor Horváth decorating Dr. Miklós Tóth with the prestigious award

Dr. András Simonyi, Mrs. Elena Tóth, Dr. Miklós Tóth and Dr. Gábor Horváth

Andrea Rost signing her CD and Adrianne Toth Vittadini

Traditional Hungarian folkdance by Erika Bodák, Andrea Kalán,
Kardy Virágh and Áron Székely...

...joined by the guests of the Spring Ball


Related links:

www.andrearost.com

Interview with Andrea Rost