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Charity at its best

Silver Tea

The next Silver Tea of the German-American Women's Club Munich e.V. will take place on November 15, 2023 in the Kaisersaal of the Munich Residenz.

The Silver Tea

In 1949, this charity benefit was called to life by Sam E. Woods, who, at the time, was the US Consul General in Munich. He invited guests to his residence in order to collect donations for suffering and needy Munich residents. Fifty guests accepted his invitation and the women of the German American Women’s Club Munich decided to repeat this event every year.

Since 1949, the German American Women's Club Munich has invited guests from politics, industry and society to the Silver Tea in the Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall) of the Residence. The Silver Tea has become one of the most treasured charity events in Munich, with ca. 700 guests gladly accepting the invitation to attend the event each year and with their donations, supporting the Club’s charitable goals.

Chairlady Susanne Ahrens is responsible for the organization of the Silver Tea, supported by the efforts of many dedicated Club members. Throughout the year, the Silver Tea team works to assure that the Silver Tea continues to live up to the high reputation it has earned: On the festively decorated buffet table, silver candelabras and platters sparkle. As has been done since 1949, the highest quality tea is poured from silver teapots and guests can select from exquisite canapés made lovingly by women of the Club.

The 71st Silver Tea took place on November 8, 2022, in the Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall) of the Residence.

Once more the Club has been able through the donations from this benefit event to generously support the German American Student Exchange and Youth Programs as well as charitable organizations in and around Munich.

The Silver Tea shone in its usual splendor once again in 2022. After a two year pause due to the pandemic, the invited guests were delighted to attend the festive reception in the Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall) of the Residence that was organized for the tenth time by Chairlady Susanne Ahrens.

From left to right:
Timothy Liston,US Consul General Munich
Traudl Schmid,President, GAWC
Dr. Florian Herrmann,MdL (Member of the Bavarian Landtag), Head, Office of the Chancellor, Bavarian State Minister for Government Affairs and Media
Karin Baumüller-Söder,Wife of the current Minister President and Honorary Member of the GAWC
Susanne Ahrens,Chairlady, Silver Tea, GAWC
Photo Credits: Antonia Mattheis

Tee poured from silver teapots and canapés lovingly prepared by members of the Club continue to be an integral part of this traditional event, that began 71 years earlier. These are not, however, the only reasons that the Silver Tea is a beloved meeting point of Munich society. The spirit and purpose of this gathering is the collection of donations to provide assistance to the 17 charity organizations that the Club has supported for many years, as well as to support the German American Student Exchange Program that had its beginning in 1957.

The willingness of the 170 Club members, as well as long-term and newly-won sponsors, to generously donate was not diminished even in the third year of the pandemic. Much to the delight of GAWC President Traudl Schmid,she was thus able from the donations collected in these years to present checks to two institutions: The German Ukrainian Pfadfinderbund (Boy Scout Organization), under the aegis of which Ukrainian and German doctors deliver medicines, and medical supplies and equipment directly to clinics in Ukraine and the Kinderklinikum Nürnberg (Nuremberg Children’s Clinic) for the children’s emergency department in its new building. The honorary patron of this project is Karin Baumüller-Söder. “It is a good tradition to support a project which is close to the heart of our current Landesmutter”, said Traudl Schmid. Ms. Baumüller-Söder is the wife of the Bavarian Minister President and an honorary member of the GAWC.

State Minister Dr. Florian Herrmann praised the GAWC in his talk as as “one of the most significant Clubs in Germany in respect to its social engagement”.US Consul General Timothy Liston emphasized its important contribution to the Bavarian American friendship and the transatlantic partnership. This partnership would be reaffirmed in February 2023 as the Magnolia Ball was again held in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, this year for the 70th time.

Organization: Susanne AhrensGAWC Chairlady, Silver Tea



to all the generous sponsors

des 71. Silbertees am 08. November 2022

  • Ingolstadt Village
  • La Parisienne French Bread and Baked Goods, GmbH, Munich
  • Center for the Vision-impaired and Blind Southern Bavaria, Unterschleißheim
  • Linen Laundry: Wäscherei Heidenreich, GmbH, Munich
  • US Consulate Munich
  • Marriott International, Inc.
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