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Lively Spirit at Austrian National Day Celebration

October 27, 2010

Chicago reception honors tradition and the new face of Austria; from left to right: Mary Roberts (State of Illinois) Thomas Schnoell (Austrian Consulate General), Eileen Hubble (City of Chicago), Michael Milosits (Austrian Consulate General) and Franz Roessler (Austrian Trade Commission).  

Over 300 people gathered at Chicago´s Knickerbocker Hotel on October 26 to celebrate Austria´s National Day. The event drew a lively group of Austrians and friends of Austria, young and old, local and from all corners of the globe alike.

In organizing the event, the Austrian Consulate and Austrian Trade Commission were particularly grateful for generous sponsorship from the following firms: AVL North America Inc , Pewag Chain Inc. USA , Pollmann North America, Inc., J.S. Richter, Ltd., Austrian Airlines , Berndorfer Belt Technology USA , Citibank on Chicago’s Michigan Ave., Constantia Packaging , DHL Global Forwarding , RHI – Veitsch Radex America , RZB Finance LLC , Schenker , Thiedmann & Edler , Weiss Roehlig USA LLC , Bachmann Electronic Group , Bauer North America , DeBug 911 , PC & Network Services , Austrian Bakery , Julius Meinl International , Stiegl / Glunz Beers and WeinBauer Inc.

Highlights of the evening included warm, official greetings from Eileen Hubble on behalf of the City of Chicago. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas represented the local government. Mary Roberts, Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment acknowledged Illinois as a key US state for Austrian firms, but remarked she wants enough Austrian firms to make Illinois a contender in the top 10 states!

Austrian Consul General Schnoell gave an eloquent yet succinct speech regarding Austria´s ever-changing commitment to leadership in neutrality as a small country in the heart of Europe, as well as its shared values with the United States and other nations. These comments were also mirrored by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington in her National Day greetings from President Obama and congratulations to the people of Austria:

“Fifty-five years ago, Austria emerged from World War II to become a stable democracy and a center of European culture. Today Austria and the United States remain strong partners facing the challenges of this new century together. We respect your historic commitment to neutrality, and we honor your willingness to stand up against oppression around the world. From the Balkans to the Middle East, Austrians have proven their commitment to equality, economic prosperity, and justice for all people.”