COUNCIL OF 1000 AWARD AND FUNDRAISING GALA
The Council of 1000 Award and Fundraising Gala is a tradition that was started with the inception of the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF). It is the signature event of our Foundation.
During our Council of 1000 Gala, every year since 1987, GAHF has recognized outstanding leadership and achievements by an American of German-speaking ancestry in business, the arts, education, science, politics and society through Distinguished German-American of the Year Award™.
On October 29, 2015 GAHF celebrated its 29th Annual Council of 1,000 Award and Fundraising Gala honoring Doug Oberhelman, Chairman & CEO of Caterpillar as the 2015 Distinguished GermanAmerican of the Year™. In attendance were distinguished Mrs. Huberta von VossWittig, wife of the Ambassador of Germany;Eric Spiegel, President of Siemens USA; Ambassador Susan Schwab, former Trade Representative; Mr. Michael E. Heidemann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin;Mr. Ron De Feo, Chairman and CEO of Terex Corporation. Mr. Oberhelman accepted the award and delivered a heartfelt message. The event was greatly orchestrated by the Gala Committee, chaired by Werner Hein.
GALA SUPPORTERS 2015hr>
|Name||City & State|
|Mr. Malcolm O’Hagan & Mrs. Virginia O’Hagan||Chevy Chase, MD|
|Mr. Hardy von Auenmüller & Mrs. Gudrun von Auenmüller||Philadelphia, PA|
|Mr. Bern Deichmann* & Mrs. Joan Deichmann||Mt. Bethel, PA||Distinguished German-American of the Year™ 2014|
|Mr. Frederick H.W. Hansen||Ridgewood, NY|
|Mr. Werner Hein & Mrs. Marleen Hein||Washington, DC|
|Dr. John M. Manoyan, Mrs. Susan King Manoyan, Mrs. CarolJean Siegert King||San Francisco, CA|
|Mr. Helge Wehmeier* & Mrs. Erika Wehmeier||Sewickley, PA||Distinguished German-American of the Year™ 2014|
|Mrs. Wendy Evans Wurlitzer & Mr. Bruce Evans||Glen Allen, VA|
|Mr. Albert Wurz* & Mrs. Jane Wurz||Doylestown, PA||Distinguished German-American of the Year™ 2004|