54TH ANNUAL QUADRILLE BALL CELEBRATES
New York, Jan 28, 2014 - On Saturday, January
25th, 2013, more than 250 guests gathered at the Pierre
Hotel in New York City for the 54th Annual Quadrille Ball,
one of the few white tie events and an annual staple of the
New York Ball Season. This year’s honoree, Mr.
Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Werft, has
earned an international reputation for the construction of
large, modern cruise ships including Celebrity Cruises and
Disney Cruise Lines. His newest and largest ship, the
Norwegian Getaway, just came to port in time to host more
than 4000 visitors for the Super Bowl.
included the German Consul General, New York, Busso
von Alvensleben and his wife Maria-Theresia,
the Rector of Technical University of Dortmund and head of
the Board of Trustees of Krupp Foundation Prof.
Dr. Ursula Gather, UN High Representative for
Disarmament Affairs Mrs. Angela
Kane, the CEO of the German American Chamber of
Commerce Dietmar Rieg, Count Victor
Dijon von Monteton with
his wife Katharina,
the President of the Germanistic Society of America, Prof.
Dr. Barbara Elling, and Quadrille Ball Committee Chair Irmintraud Jost. They
allenjoyed silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing
until 4AM. The highlight of the evening was the traditional
performance of the Quadrille, a 17th century court dance,
performed by twenty pairs of young professionals. The Alex
Donner Orchestra provided the musical backdrop for the
evening. Mr. von Alvensleben also celebrated his Birthday
that night along with Quadrille Benefactor David
was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors
including Vitra, Dr.
Timothy Dezastro, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Shiva, the Max
Kade Foundation, the
Paramount Group, and Henry
Schein Cares. Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Co., Mercedes-Benz,
Chopard, and other donors generously provided items for
the Silent Auction.
Ball, hosted by the Germanistic Society of America, promotes
friendship and understanding among young people from around
the world through international cultural exchange. Proceeds
from the Quadrille Ball provide the Germanistic Society of
America with funds for international scholarships to highly
qualified American and German students. To date, more than
500 scholarships have been awarded totaling over $3 million.
The Germanistic Society of America awards continue to
support fields of study that transcend borders and cultures
in our interconnected global society. 2014 scholarships
will fund research in the fields of Autism, Worldwide
Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Peaceful and Sustainable
Resolution of Violent Conflict, Design and Technology, and
the Alleviation of Global Poverty.