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Council of 1000 Award and Fundraising Gala

Every year, since 1987, GAHF has honored a distinguished German-American at our Annual Gala to recognize outstanding leadership and the contributions and achievements of Americans of German-speaking ancestry.

In 2019 we will honor four prominent individuals who have greatly influenced both GAHF and the wider German-American community. True to our mission of representing German-Americans across the nation, these honorees all come from different states where they have worked diligently on behalf of German-American issues.

This year’s gala will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

6 o’clock – Cocktail Reception in the historic Joseph Horner Library

7 o’clock – Dinner and Dancing in the Barthelmes Ballroom


The 2019 Distinguished German-Americans of the Year are:

Erich Ast (Pennsylvania)

One of our great supporters and a benefactor of our foundation, a former long-time treasurer, and a decades-long member of the board of directors.

Frederick H. W. Hansen (New York)

An incorporating member of GAHF in 1977, former secretary, a board member since its inception.

Helmut Krueger (New Jersey)

One of the original co-founders, who served in many capacities including as president and vice president.

Hank Stoffel (California)

Our decades-long regional vice president for Northern California, 2nd VP, and a board member since he first joined GAHF.


We look forward to seeing you!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Please contact Executive Director Katja Sipple at [email protected] or 202.467.5000 ext. 105.