A Night to Remember

Saturday, November 12th, 2016, marked the highlight of our year: We celebrated our 21st Annual Gala, which once again paid tribute to the achievements of the German-American business community of the Southern U.S. The event that was hosted at the exquisite InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta had a record attendance of 540 guests - an indicator of our strong and continuously growing transatlantic partnership.

  

Upon arrival guests were greeted by an elegant atmosphere enriched by delightful lighting and beautiful flowers. Displaying the American colors red, white, and blue, the decoration paid tribute to the presidential election that took place earlier that week. Right before entering the ballroom, guests stopped to admire the GACC South’s Step & Repeat back drop. Placed on a red carpet and framed by stanchions, it provided a greatly enjoyed photo opportunity throughout the night.

With 99 exquisite items, the Silent Auction was the highlight of the night. The auction offered a great variety of items that catered to everyone’s needs, ranging from jewelry, children ballet classes to unique experiences like racetrack driving. Showcased outside the ballroom, guests could explore the items and submit bids for their favorite ones until the very last moment! The Silent Auction’s Charity Partner, SOS Children’s Villages USA, received great support in their dedication to helping orphaned and abandoned children finding homes, thanks to the contributions of our guests and the kind donations from our network.

    


 


Two beautiful choreographies by the Atlanta Ballet kicked off the evening with excitement. Inspired by the performers’ incredible dancing skills, guests dashed to the dance floor following the start of the band The Celebrity All-Stars’ sensational performance. The dance floor remained packed for the rest of the evening throughout the After-Party. This year, a magician sneaked into the crowd and surprised the guests with his magic tricks. Thank you to Western Union Business Solutions for sponsoring this year’s After-Party and providing such great entertainment!

  

The success of this year’s Gala would not have been possible without the kind contributions of our members and friends. Thank you also to our VIP Reception sponsor, DEKRA North America, Inc., our beer sponsors, Schaefer Container Systems and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, our logistics partner, IFF, Inc., our After-Party Sponsor Western Union Business Solutions and to all of our Table Sponsors and Silent Auction donors.

It was certainly a night to remember.The 22nd Annual Gala will take place on November 11th, 2017 at the St. Regis Hotel Atlanta.  

The complete picture gallery of last year’s annual Gala can be found here.