LOS ANGELES, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The comedian-actor Will Ferrell
and his Swedish wife, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, are deeply involved in the
Swedish School of Los Angeles and in recognition and appreciation of their
efforts, they have been bestowed "The 2007 Viking Prize." Created to honor
significant contributors to the Swedish School of Los Angeles, the Ferrells
will be present to accept the award from Margareta Saperston, headmaster of
the school, at a ceremony on May 19.
The Swedish School of Los Angeles was founded in 1977 with the
objective of providing children of Swedish heritage with a learning
environment to develop their language and traditions. The school is managed
by volunteers and financed through donations -- except for a small
government grant. The yearly fund raising effort, essential for the
survival of the school, coincides with the Viking Award Ceremony.
This year Swedish singing sensation Leana -- whose hit, Embrace Me, is
No. 7 on Billboard's dance chart -- will generously open her exclusive home
for the event. She promises an evening filled with entertainment and
Swedish delicacies prepared by Swedish chef Mimi Novak. There will also be
an auction of items provided by private and corporate donors for the
benefit of the Swedish School. Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, an auctioneer will
conduct the live auction.
The highlight of the evening is the awards ceremony honoring the
Ferrells. In addition to the honor, the prize is symbolized by a beautiful
marble sculpture created by Swedish artist Jeanette Sedacca.
Will Ferrell (of Saturday Night Live fame) is currently lighting up the
screen in theaters with the box office hit "Blades of Glory" which opens in
Sweden on May 11. He and Viveca have two children: three-year-old Magnus
and three-month-old Mattias. The family frequently visits Sweden and
Ferrell is often heard promoting Sweden, along with his movies, when
talking to American media.
For more information about the Swedish School, to make a tax-deductible
donation or to buy a ticket to the event, please contact
The long-term goal is to create The House of Sweden -- a permanent home
in Los Angeles for Swedish arts and culture.
SOURCE Swedish School of Los Angeles