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Lauer Learning Founder Emcees Hungarian American Coalition Gala Honoring U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

Ambassador George Herbert Walker III Receives Special Recognition for Supporting Freedom, Democracy and Solidarity in Hungary

Washington, D.C. - May 4, 2007 -- Andrea Lauer Rice, the founder and chief executive officer of Lauer Learning and this year's emcee at the Hungarian American Coalition Gala, welcomed over 100 guests gathered to honor the former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, George Herbert Walker III. Lauer Rice, a vice president of the coalition, emphasized the organization's commitment to continuing educational programs that provide young people an opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Each year the Hungarian American Coalition, an educational, cultural and non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. hosts the gala benefit. This year the proceeds from the Gala provide sponsorship for programs such as White House Internship, a Congressional Internship and the coalition's scholarship program.
These programs directly provide young ethnic Hungarians an opportunity to observe, first-hand, American government institutions and to study at American Universities.

The gala, held at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C. was attended by a variety of notable guests, including the ambassador's wife, Mrs. Carol Walker, Ambassador Andras Simonyi and Mrs. Nada Simonyi; H.E. Mr. Janos Horvath, member of the Hungarian Parliament and Mrs. Linda Horvath, Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman, Victims of Communism Foundation and Mrs. Lee Edwards, Mr. Philip T. Reeker, former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Budapest, and Mrs. Solveig Reeker; Mr. Karl Altau, Director of the Joint Baltic American National Committee, several Hungarian honorary consuls from across the United States and many Coalition board members.

“What an honor it is to welcome all of you to this very special event,” said Lauer Rice, whose Roswell, Ga., headquartered company Lauer Learning, creates innovative ways to teach children about history, foreign languages and culture through multimedia. “Ambassador Walker has been instrumental in bringing greater visibility and attention to the Hungarian minority and in making certain that the interests of all Hungarian communities are recognized.”

The event was co-chaired by St. Louis business leaders Michael Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corp., Julius Joe Adorjan, Honorary Consul General for Hungary in St. Louis, and Mr. Zsolt Rumy, CEO of Zoltek Corporation.

Coalition President Maximilian Teleki was the key note speaker and, together with Coalition Chair Emerita Edith Lauer, presented the award of honor and appreciation to Ambassador Walker…” In appreciation of his representing the best traditions of the United States from 2003-2006 and supporting the forces of freedom, democracy and solidarity for the benefit of the American and Hungarian nations.”

“Ambassador Walker has been even -handed in building official and personal ties and in giving advice when it was sought, to both the government coalition and members of the opposition in Hungary,” Teleki told the audience in his remarks. “He has demonstrated the best in American character - fairness, openness, a genuine interest in helping others, and a desire to find solutions to difficult problems.”

In addition, Ambassador Walker received letters of commendation from former President George Bush and Hungary's President Laszlo Solyom.

“This is a true honor and one of the most cherished events of my life,” said Ambassador Walker. “It is your work - work by everyone here in this room who represents the Hungarian American Coalition - that is helping to strengthen the ties between the United States and Hungary. Because of your efforts and the country's ties to a strong and united Europe, Hungary will have a prosperous future.”


Lauer Learning is a multimedia educational company that creates interactive products to teach children about foreign language, culture and historic events through experiential learning. FF56! a bilingual, historically accurate, educational computer game for teens about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was launched in the fall of 2006. All products, including “56 Stories”, a collection of personal testimonials collected through the FreedomFighter56.com website are available for purchase through the www.LauerLearning.com website.

The Hungarian American Coalition was founded in 1991 as an educational and cultural non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Its Office of Information in Washington, D.C serves over 20,000 organizational and individual members across the United States. Its mission is to promote public understanding and awareness of Hungarian American issues. For further information, please go to www.hacusa.org.

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