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.
Silver Tea 2018: Meghan Gregoris, U.S. Consul General in Munich, Elke Rilke-Mai, President GAWC Munich, Prof. Dr. med. Marion Kiechle, State Minister for Science and Cultural Affairs, Susanne Ahrens, Event Manager
Comité-Hof, Residenz Munich
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 and in the Kaisersaal of the Residenz. The Silver Tea has become one of the most desirable charity events in Munich, with approximately 700 guests gladly accepting the invitation to attend and, with their donations, enabling the Club to carry out its charitable goals.
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 live up to the high reputation it has earned over the years. At each Silver Tea, the historic ambiance sparkles with silver candelabras and platters on the festively decked tables. The highest quality tea is served from silver teapots and guests select from exquisite canapés made lovingly by ladies of the Club.
The beautiful Comité-Hof of the Munich Residenz was the setting for the 69th Silver Tea on November 7, 2018. Once again, receipts from this charity event 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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