COUNCIL OF 1000 AWARD AND FUNDRAISING GALA
The Council of 1000 Award and Fundraising Gala is a tradition that was started with the inception of the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF). It is the signature event of our Foundation.
During our Council of 1000 Gala, every year since 1987, GAHF has recognized outstanding leadership and achievements by an American of German-speaking ancestry in business, the arts, education, science, politics and society through Distinguished German-American of the Year Award™.
On October 29, 2015 GAHF celebrated its 29th Annual Council of 1,000 Award and Fundraising Gala honoring Doug Oberhelman, Chairman & CEO of Caterpillar as the 2015 Distinguished GermanAmerican of the Year™. In attendance were distinguished Mrs. Huberta von VossWittig, wife of the Ambassador of Germany;Eric Spiegel, President of Siemens USA; Ambassador Susan Schwab, former Trade Representative; Mr. Michael E. Heidemann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin;Mr. Ron De Feo, Chairman and CEO of Terex Corporation. Mr. Oberhelman accepted the award and delivered a heartfelt message. The event was greatly orchestrated by the Gala Committee, chaired by Werner Hein.