2005 - Manhattan, NYC
Millenium Health Foundation
FIFTEENTH HUNGARIAN SPRING BALL 2005
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.
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
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
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
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
Cocktail Reception and
Silent Auction benefiting the Millenium Health Foundation
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.
HONOREE: ANDREA ROST
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
donated by Herend of Hungary, was one of the most precious gifts of the
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
Rost was awarded the Special Achievement Award,
presented by Adrianne Toth Vittadini
by Andrea Rost
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
baroque round pearls donated by Mrs. Elena Toth...
Miklós Tóth, founder and president of The Millenium Health
was awarded with the Order of Merits of the Republic of Hungary
(Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Tisztikeresztje)
presented by Dr. András Simonyi, Ambassador of
and Dr. Gábor Horváth, Ambassador, Consul General of Hungary
Dr. Gábor Horváth decorating Dr. Miklós Tóth with the
Simonyi, Mrs. Elena Tóth, Dr. Miklós Tóth and Dr. Gábor Horváth
Rost signing her CD and Adrianne Toth Vittadini
Traditional Hungarian folkdance by Erika Bodák, Andrea Kalán,
Kardy Virágh and Áron Székely...
by the guests of the Spring Ball