The Silver Tea
In 1949, this charity event was brought to life through the actions of Sam E. Woods, the then US-Consul General in Munich, who invited guests to his home in order to collect donations for the suffering people of Munich. Fifty guests accepted his invitation and the event was so successful that the women of the German-American Women's Club of Munich decided to repeat the Silver Tea every year.
Since that first occasion, the German-American Women's Club has annually-- in unbroken succession-- invited guests from government, industry and society to its Silver Tea, which, in the early years, was held in the Munich Schack Gallerie, then later in the Antiquarium of the Residenz, and for the last several years, in the Kaisersaal of the Residenz. The Silver Tea has become one of the most desirable charity events in Munich, with approximately 750 guests gladly accepting the invitation to attend and, with their donations, enabling the furthering of the Club's charitable goals.
Silver Tea, Kaisersaal of the Residenz
Jennifer D. Gavito, US Consul General in Munich, Ulrike Kellner, President of the German-American Women's Club, Georg Eisenreich, state secretary for education and culture and Chairlady Susanne Ahrens, responsible for overall organization of the Silver Tea
Jennifer D. Gavito, US Consul General in Munich and President Ulrike Kellner
Inge Fürstin von Wrede-Lanz and Prinzessin Ursula von Bayern
Freifrau Uschi Dämmrich von Luttitz with Chairlady Susanne Ahrens
Chairlady Susanne Ahrens is responsible for the overall organization of the Silver Tea, supported by the dedicated efforts of many members. Throughout the year, the Silver Tea team makes preparations so that the Silver Tea will continue to do honor to the tradition it has become. On the afternoon of the Silver Tea, the historic ambiance of the Kaisersaal of the Residenz sparkles with silver candelabras and platters placed on the long, festively decked table. The highest quality tea is served from silver teapots and guests select from exquisite canapés made lovingly by ladies of the Club.
The German American Women's Club celebrated its 67th Silver Tea in 2016. Once again, receipts from its charity events have allowed the Club to generously support the German-American Student Exchange program and charitable organizations in and around Munich.
Susanne Ahrens . GAWC Chairlady Silver Tea
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