International Women's Day Tea & Olga Zoltai Award - 03. 04. 2018.

At the fourth annual International Women’s Day Tea, the International Institute of Minnesota will honor New Americans who strengthen our community and improve our world. This event has become an important annual gathering to grow visibility and support for the Institute’s mission and programs.

Proceeds from the event support the Institute’s programming for New American women and their families.


Olga Zoltai Award, given in recognition of outstanding community leadership by, or in service to, New Americans.

Olga Zoltai was a tireless advocate for refugees and immigrants. A refugee herself–at the age of 13, Olga and her family fled her hometown of Sopron, Hungary as Soviet forces invaded. Olga worked at the International Institute of Minnesota from 1971 to 1993 and earned the title ‘Patron Saint of Area Immigrants’ by the Minneapolis Star Tribune upon her retirement.

Olga was a civic leader while also balancing roles as wife, mother and grandmother. She anchored Minnesota’s Hungarian community, was a pioneer for integration of children with special needs and was a tireless advocate in her profession as a case worker.

In 1974, Olga championed the formation of the Institute’s refugee resettlement program and paved the way for the resettlement of nearly 25,000 refugees who now call Minnesota home. Olga maintained a decades-long commitment to advocacy on behalf of immigrants. Her commitment to welcoming those displaced and tenacious advocacy improved the lives of thousands of New Americans in our community. Her life-long commitment lives on in this award bearing her name.

Date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Hall of Nations: 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
Date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Hall of Nations: 1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN