Written by Nicole Prybula
On November 1st, 530 members and friends of the GACC South united at the 19th Annual Gala to honor the German-American business community’s incredible dedication to strengthening Germany’s economic presence within the Southeastern United States.
Dressed to impress, guests were welcomed at a new venue, the exquisite InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, with a Red Carpet Backdrop, sponsored by Burr & Forman LLP, where guests adored posing for spotlight photos.
The elegant evening continued in the Ballroom, where President & CEO of the GACC South Martina Stellmaszek welcomed guests and acknowledged the strength of German-American relations, that with over 1,500 German businesses operating all across our region, has become ever more prevalent today.
This year, the GACC South was honored to welcome the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed, who shared inspiring words reflecting the strong partnership of the City of Atlanta and the German-American Business community; a partnership that is essential for the continued growth and success of our organizations.
The highly anticipated Silent Auction showcased 100 unique items, including a Germany National Team soccer jersey autographed by the 2014 World Cup Champions, an electric guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and kids cars from Porsche Cars North America, Inc., BMW of North America, LLC, Jim Ellis Audi of Atlanta and AGCO Corp. This year, the Silent Auction received an upgrade with the introduction of Mobile Bidding, enabling a more interactive and exciting bidding experience for guests. 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.
From the live music in the Ballroom to the DJ at the official After Party, sponsored by Western Union Business Solutions, guests danced the night away.
The success of this year’s Gala would not have been possible without the kind contributions of our members and friends. Thank you to our VIP Reception sponsor, DEKRA North America, Inc., our beer sponsor, Warsteiner, our logistics partner, IFF, Inc., the Audi of America car displays and to all of our Table Sponsors and Silent Auction donators.
Next year will mark a significant milestone, as we celebrate the 20th Annual Gala on October 24th, 2015 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. We look forward to sharing another memorable evening with you!
The complete picture gallery of this year’s annual Gala can be found here.