James Bond bad guy and Hannibal Star, actor Mads Mikkelsen to star as Person of the Year

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The sexy James Bond bad guy, Mads Mikkelsen will be celebrated as Person of the Year in New York City on September 29th 2012. The Gala event will be chaired by Malena Belafonte and Hanne Hochheim and will feature an auction, entertainment to the 10 piece Hot Damn Band, performances by an aerialist, by singers Oh Land and Malena Belafonte, and a contribution from some of Denmark's top young rising stars. "In the past the Danish American Society has honored Royalty, Statesman, Athletes, Business Leaders and Artists as their Person of the Year. This year we can add International Movie Star to the list" says Lisa Resling Halpern, Danish American Society President.

At the acclaimed Edison Ballroom in Central Manhattan the organization will bestow their annual award on Mads Mikkelsen, winner of the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. Mads Mikkelsen is currently starring in the title role of the new NBC series "Hannibal", based on Silence of the Lambs. He has also starred in such epic films as "King Arthur", "Clash of the Titans", "After the Wedding", "Pusher", "A Royal Affair" and Thomas Vinterberg’s film, the Palme D'Or winner "The Hunt". He gained international recognition in the infamous role as good-looking villain "le Chiffre" In James Bond's "Casino Royale" with Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench.

Mads Mikkelsen will be awarded for his amazing contributions to Danish and American culture, notably his career as an actor and humanitarian work as a Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees United. Danish American Society's Person of the Year 2012 has been Knighted by the Queen of Denmark and is adding the prestigious 2012 Silver Medallion Awards at Telluride to his list of accomplishments.

Ticket sales and further information can be found on the website http://www.das-ny.org

About Danish American Society

Since 1959, when the Danish American Society (DAS) was incorporated as a non-profit, non-political membership organization, it has pursued the goal of promoting friendship and understanding between the peoples of Denmark and the United States.

This objective has been served through the Society's involvement in a wide range of cultural, social and educational programs and events, expanding Danish-American ties in a shrinking world.

One of the most celebrated events in the history of the Society is the Person of the Year award. Started in 1975, the "Person of the Year" Award is given at an annual dinner dance to the person who has contributed meaningfully to the bonds between the United States and Denmark. The first person to receive the award was the beloved humorist Victor Borge. Over the years other worthy recipients have included: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Football legend Morten Andersen, TV newsman Walter Cronkite, New York City Ballet Director Peter Martins, Global Businessman Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and Academy Award filmmaker Bille August.

About the Edison Ballroom


The Edison Ballroom, is newly renovated, elegant venue serving the event needs of a wide array of New Yorkers . It features a modern art-deco setting where guests can enjoy their time in a comfortable environment, adaptable to any number of seating arrangements. A VIP area ensures that an event of any size, from an intimate gathering to a large gala, will be taken care of in the same efficient manner. It specializes in high quality food and service and is perfect for catering private affairs and hosting corporate parties, TV events, movie and Broadway openings, fashion shows, charitable events and sponsorship events. Due to its unique architectural style, its prime location, its excellent size, and its large stage, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, the Edison Ballroom is a perfect alternative to the very large and impersonal venues, while at the same time offering a beautiful décor and a unique food and entertainment package.


Established in 2007

The Edison Ballroom has a rich history. It was originally opened in the 1930's as the grand ballroom for the Hotel Edison, and offered dining and dancing, and featured famous bands and singers from the "Swing Era." A generation later, the Ballroom was converted to the Edison Theater, where the famous production "Oh Calcutta!" ran for 13 years. It was at the time the longest running musical in Broadway history. In 1991 the Edison Theater gave way to "The Supper Club", which offered dinner and dancing to the music of various "big-band" style orchestras. It also hosted smaller intimate concerts and cabaret performances, featuring such stars as: Bob Dylan, Count Basie, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Jon Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Eddie Fisher, Tony Bennett, etc. Since its reopening in 2008, the Edison Ballroom has hosted many important events including James Beard Foundation, AMFAR, the National Music Council and Jennifer Lopez's Birthday Bash.

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