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PopImpressKA Journal for 56th Piarist Ball ~ 2016. Formal Presentation Of The Debutantes.

The  Piarist  Alumni  Association  recently  established  a  Piarist  Ball  Committee  to continue  and  restart  Hungarian noble  tradition,  the  Debutante  Ball.

Above: from Left Alexandra Hilbert Howington / Patron

Debutants: Miss Andrea Berman, Miss Dorottya Preczo,

Miss Sylvia E. Foldes-Berman, Miss Katherine Mary Koch, Miss Elisa Beth Miano Lannon, Miss Eliza E. Stanley, Miss Nicole Faige Vereczkey

Far Left: Erika Szabo Kiss / Patron and Creator of all fabulous flower arrangements and bouquets for debutants /

The Piarist Ball took place November 11 2016 at the University Club. The dual purpose of the Ball is to preserve the beautiful tradition of presenting a young lady in such a formal way, as she enters socially into society and, of course, to help Piarist Schools.

Being introduced to society as a debutante at the Piarist Ball is an experience that no one forgets.

Below: The Debutants - Presenting to the Society

Master of Ceremonies: Steven Stam 

Lester Lanin Society Orchestra Under the Direction of Spencer Bruno

Below: Magnificent dance performance by Karina Tógyer,  former prima ballerina of the Vienna Opera House / Ball Patron 

Above: Karina and her mom / also Piarist Ball Patron before Karina's performance

Below: Erika Szabo Kiss / Patron  and CEO & Founder of Sandra's & Donath's Florist

Below: Erika Szabo Kiss and Erika Erdosi / Patrons

Below: Other Guests and Patrons

Above: Aurel Berman / Patron



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Above: Debutants before the Ball with flowers courtesy of Sandra's & a's & Donath's Florist

Above: Erika Erdosi / Patron

Above: Prizes for Drawing / Silent Auction

"Hungarians  and our  esteemed guests  have  had  this  event  for  more  than  56  years,  here  in  New York City.

After  some  unfortunate  few  years  without  having  this  magnificent  social  occasion, we  –  former  ball  attendees,  patrons  and  organizing  committee  members  –  decided  to celebrate  our  debutante  candidates  reviving  one  of  our  noblest  traditions  fulfilling our  other  aim  of  the  Piarist  Ball:  to  give  financial  support  to  the  piarist  schools  in Hungary,  that  is.  Thus  we  invite  our  Hungarian  co-patriots,  the  new  debutantes  and all  of  our  former  and  new  guests  to  celebrate!

We  feel  that  those  who  attended  the  previous  balls  have  wonderful  memories  of these  memorable  events.  Fulfilling  our  goals,  here  we  are  to  re-organize  our Debuntante  Ball.

This  year,  in  2016  we  will  celebrate  our  debutantes  together,  offer  our  patrons’ generous  donations  to  support  our  piarist  schools  and  –  not  the  least  –  have  a wonderful  time  together!"

 ~The  members  of  the  Piarist  Ball  Organizing  Committee

St. Joseph of Calasantz (1557-1648) was a Spanish priest, founder of the Order of the Pious Schools (in short, the Piarists). He created his first school in Rome in 1597 to give an education to poor children, providing them with knowledge and skills which enable them to get on in life.

piarista-11The Order of the Piarits was founded in 1622. Besides the 3 vows of consacrated life, its members also profess a fourth vow to dedicate their lives to the education of the young. The schools of this new order in a short time became well-known and respected, not only in Italy, but in Spain, Austria, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia as well. Finally in 1642 their first school in Hungary was opened. According to the wishes of the founder, Piarist schools are free and they welcome first of all poor children, although they are open for everybody, without any social discrimination. In our days we have schools in every continent.

The city council of the Hungarian capital requested the Order to open a school which was established in Pest in 1717. Compared to the quite old-fashioned education of those times, quite soon the school had its own specific curriculum conceived in the Piarist spirit: special emphasis was given to sciences and to Hungarian language. Drama and theatre (the so-called “school plays”) added to the popularity of the school. Instead of following the cultural mainstream which favoured German cultural influences and the use of German language, the Piarist fathers used Hungarian in their teaching. At the same time the school operated on a wider level: the very first secondary school leaving exam in the city of Pest was held in this school in 1851.

During its history the school has been housed in numerous buildings. In the early 20th century the Order had a building erected on the Danube, which guaranteed up-to-date structure and facilities. After the Second World War, Communist regime claimed the building. During the summer of 1953 the Piarist fathers and their students were only given a few weeks to move the school to its designated new location. Its size one-third of the original one, the structure in question had never intended to be a school. It is where we are now.

During the Communist dictatorship reigning until 1989, against all obstacles and pressures from the State, The Secondary School of the Piarist Fathers of Budapest maintained its fame: it was among the best schools on nationwide level, it played an outstanding role in educating generations of Hungary’s Christian intellectuals. Everybody knew about the high academic level of the school, the teacher-student relationship and the care the school followed and assisted the students’ lives with even outside the school building.

Above Photography by Zsolt Rozsavolgyi

Above: behind the scenes / rehearsal: video taken by Aurel Berman during the ball rehearsal, this video features the introduction of the debutantes. 


Above: Olga Papkovitch / CEO & Founder of

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