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“Alles Walzer“ at the Prestigious Viennese Gala Ball 2009 in Chicago

February 18, 2009

The American Friends of Austria were pleased to welcome many representatives of the Austrian business community and their friends at their festive highlight of the year – the Viennese Gala Ball 2009 at the Drake Hotel.   

The evening of February 13th was clearly a pleasure for all senses - the beautifully decorated Gold Coast Room, a four-course gourmet dinner and the Anthony Kawalkowski String Orchestra. More than 220 waltzed the night away.

Spotted among the numerous guests with their partners: Consul General Robert Zischg, Deputy Consul General Michael Milosits and Elisabeth Freudensprung (from the Austrian Consulate General in Chicago), Deputy Consul General Roland Hermann and Johannes Harms (from the German Consulate General in Chicago), Simone Pohl (German American Chamber of Commerce), Bill Strauss (Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago), Dolores Simon (Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce), Teresa Smatlak (Austrian Airlines), Sabine and Werner Kollment (Miba), Anja Decker (Constantia Flexibles), Robert Marjai (DHL), Paul Donohue (Bell Boyd), Luise Kern, all joined by a large contingency of the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago (Franz Roessler, Anders Benson, Claudia Hahn, Elisabeth Schenkel and Florian Stiglitz).

Special thanks to Loretta Fleischmann and Trudy Nika from the American Friends of Austria for bringing this cultural treasure from Vienna to Chicago.