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President Áder Hosts Members of Friends of Hungary Foundation

Ábrahám Vass 2019.04.10.

On Wednesday, President János Áder and his wife Anita Herczegh hosted a dinner in honor of E. Sylvester Vizi and former Foreign Minister János Martonyi. Both men are members of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation and Áder’s Kék Bolygó (Blue Planet) Foundation.

Aside from being the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Hungary Foundation and the editor of Hungary Today, E. Sylvester Vizi also presides over the Hungarian Atlantic Council (HAC) and is the former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA).

E. Sylvester Vizi and President János Áder. Photo by Péter Csákvári/Hungary Today

Ahead of the dinner, Vizi told journalists that “an invitation from the number one public dignitary signifies a moral recognition of all Hungarians. This honor is not only meant for those invited, but for all those invited represent,” he added.

János Martonyi and President János Áder. Photo by Péter Csákvári/Hungary Today

Fact

President Áder established the Kékbolygó Foundation in 2017 using the 234,400 GBP left to every Hungarian President by electrical engineer Miklós Balázs after his passing in 2013. The foundation’s mission is “to help tackle climate change.”

From left to right: E. Sylvester Vizi; his wife Veronika Ádám; Martonyi’s wife Rozália Rábai; Áder’s wife Anita Herczegh; János Martonyi and János Áder. Image by MTI/ Zoltán Máthé

President Áder began the dinner tradition in 2012 with the purpose of recognizing and “drawing attention to the creators of respectable values” and the “outstanding performances that enhance Hungary’s reputation.” Former invitees include scholars, politicians, sportsmen, artists and award-winning craftsmen.

Photo by Péter Csákvári/Hungary Today

featured image by MTI/Zoltán Máthé