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From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.

AFoCR Chairman Fred Malek's Profile Featured in Washington Post, 10/05/14

Fred Malek's Pursuit of Success Includes Stops at West Point, White House, and Marriott Corporation...

Fred Malek

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AFoCR is also very proud to announce that Mr. Malek is being awarded the 2014 ADL Achievement Award (www.adl.org) on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.

Celebration of Freedom Events Announced for November

AFoCR Chairman Fred Malek and Czech Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič have announced the final plans for the Washington celebrations marking 25 years of freedom for the Czech people. The high point will be the unveiling of a bust of the late Czech Republic President Václav Havel in the United States Capitol. The placing of the Havel bust, a project of the Václav Havel Library Foundation and AFoCR, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which began on November 17, 1989. The Honorary Chairmen for the events are former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and William J. Clinton, all of whom knew Havel well.

The bust of Havel will reside alongside those of Winston Churchill and two other freedom fighters in the historic vestibule now designated as the Hallway of Freedom. It is not far from the House Chamber where Havel delivered his address to a Joint Session of Congress in February 1990. This recognition of a preeminent Czech advocate for human rights will acknowledge the continuing regard by the people of the United States for a man who embodied the eternal striving of the human spirit for freedom.

The November events are being organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Václav Havel Library Foundation. A high level delegation led by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will participate in the historic commemoration. The events include a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a symposium on Czech-U.S. relations, a conference on Havel’s legacy today, a gala dinner, and a reception hosted by Czech government leaders.

Celebration of Freedom Preliminary Schedule of Events

Monday – November 17

Concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

The Embassy of the Czech Republic and Prague Freedom Foundation cordially invite you to a very special evening with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Washington National Cathedral.

Location: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

The Embassy of the Czech Republic and Prague Freedom Foundation are proud to host the world renowned Czech Philharmonic for a commemorative concert in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the legacy of Václav Havel. The Czech Philharmonic will be performing Smetana's Vltava, a symphonic poem from "My Country", and Dvořak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World".

To RSVP and request your complimentary tickets, please visit

Entrance requires a physical ticket.

Tuesday – November 18

Symposium on Czech-U.S. Relations, Embassy of the Czech Republic, 11 am            

Gala Dinner and Reception 6:30 pm (for details and table availability contact Lillis Werder at lillis@afocr.org)         

Wednesday November 19

Conference on Havel’s Legacy Today, Library of Congress, 9 am, by invitation         

Unveiling of Václav Havel Bust, U.S. Capitol followed by reception, Time to be announced by invitation

Reception celebrating 25 Years of Freedom, Embassy of the Czech Republic, 6 pm, by invitation

Photo by Lillis Werder

Please Contribute to Disaster Relief Fund for West, Texas

 American Friends of the Czech Republic has offered to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA Petr Gandalovič cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to coordinate donations and aid to assist the town of West, Texas, which was severely damaged by an explosion and fire on April 17, 2013.  Over 20% of the town was demolished or severely damaged, including nearly 200 homes.  

AFoCR has previous experience in assisting disaster relief after the 2002 floods in the Czech Republic.  At that time, AFoCR raised over $300,000 divided among 30 Czech flood-affected schools, churches, museums, hospitals and cities.

Please consider donating through the Click & Pledge feature on our web site for disaster aid for the town of West.  Your donation is tax deductible.  For persons wishing to donate internationally through our USA account through our secure wire network, kindly contact our associate in Prague, Dr. Magdelena Vosalikova at 420-224-210-206 (or 732-314-118) or email vosalikova@czechpr.cz and she will provide SWIFT code and other instructions for an international wire transfer.
Your contribution, no matter how small, makes a difference.  Thank you for your support!

Please send checks payable to:

West, Texas Disaster Relief Fund
4410 Massachusetts Avenue, NW #391
Washington, DC 20016-5572