Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin-Ferrell to be Honored by the Swedish School of Los Angeles

Apr 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Swedish School of Los Angeles

    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