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 email@example.com. 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