Friday, Dec 9, 2016
GABC’s annual Christmas dinner in the magical setting of the Taj Boston ballroom overlooking the Boston Public Garden in historic downtown Boston. The evening started off with prosecco and Vorspeisen in the French Room and Lounge, followed by a delicious duet menu of broiled cod, Sauerbraten mit Spätzle und Rotkohl nach Boston art.
We were honored by remarks from our Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann and the presence of his wife Dr. Bianca Horlemann. GABC President Erik Dilger welcomed the guests, and introduced the evening’s Sponsor, Ann Boykin of Lufthansa, who charmed the guests with her own clever rendition of the “T’was the Night Before Christmas” poem (Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!) .
The silent auction featured two business class tickets donated by Lufthansa, an enormous rocking Steiff Teddy Bear donated by Steiff North America, a certificate for dinner at Liquid Art House, a boat tour of the Boston Harbor, a tour of the Reichstag in Berlin, an original vintage Woodstock poster, and so much more! For a complete list of our donors and corporate sponsors, please see below. GABC sincerely thanks all the guests who bid on these auction items.
After the dishes were cleared away, guests jumped up eagerly to get a glimpse and taste of Konditor Meister’s amazing dessert tables, laden with eye-popping holiday cakes, Strudel, Lebkuchen, Plätzchen and chocolate dipped strawberries. GABC is thankful to Konditor Meister Günther Moesinger and his wife Silvia Hug-Moesinger for their generous and abundant donation of the dessert buffet.
The evening was a wonderful opportunity to mingle with influential executives and decision-makers in the German-American business community. The evening officially ended at 11:00 PM, but many guests were still not ready to leave their friends, and headed to the bar of the Taj downstairs. When the bar closed, at least 15 die-hards ended up at the Back Bay flat of one of our board members for dancing. We think the last guests left at 5:00AM. Judging by this, it was more than just your ordinary business affair.
You’ve arrived! The lobby at the Taj
The excitement builds as you climb the grand staircase to the event
Cocktails in the French Room before dinner
Putting the final touches in the dining room before guests arrive
Guests start to arrive!
Guests enjoying the cocktail hour before dinner
HUGE Steinbach German nutcracker donated to the silent auction by the Haueisen Family
Co-Chairs of the 2017 German American Conference at Harvard enjoying their first GABC gala
Guests from Goss Associates at the gala
Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann and his wife Dr. Bianca Horlemann honored us with their presence at the gala
Christmas treats provided for every guest at a Corporate Table generously donated by Karl’s Sausage Kitchen, Peabody, MA
Treats at Corporate Tables provided by Karl’s Sausage Kitchen
Ann Boykin of Lufthansa welcomes the gala guests
GABC President Erik Dilger of Deloitte
Ummm! Sauerbraten, broiled cod, Spaetzle and red cabbage!
A stunning cake selection provided by Konditor Meister
Another incredible Konditor Meister creation. Almost too good to eat! Almost….
An original vintage Woodstock poster sold at the silent auction
GABC Executive Director Marian LeMay with Konditor Meister Günther Moesinger and wife Silvia Hug-Moesinger
GABC Executive Board Members Dr. Cornelia Kroeger and Dr. Anneke Kramm assist with the silent auction
Lufthansa goodie bags. Auf Wiedersehen und Frohe Weihnachten!
Auf Wiedersehen und bis zum nächsten Jahr!
All photos: Credit David Fox, Photographer
GABC thanks our Event Sponsor:
And our Event Contributors:
David Fox Photographer
German International School Boston
Liquid Art House
Steiff North America, Inc.
GABC also thanks our Corporate Table Sponsors:
Chin & Curtis LLP Cooley LLP Fraunhofer CSE Goss Associates Hamilton Smith Brook Reynolds Bodo Liesenfeld (for German American Conference at Harvard) MilliporeSigma Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C. OSRAM / Ledvance
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