February 25, 2013 at 7 PM
Los Angeles-Berlin Sister Cities Honors the Visit of Björn Böhning in Celebration of the Ties Between the Two Cultures
The visit of Björn Böhning, Chief of Staff, Berlin Senate Chancellery, to Los Angeles highlights the long-standing friendship and historic cooperation between the cities of Berlin and Los Angeles. Rosemarie Reisch, President of Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee, hosted a reception in honor of Björn Böhning at her stately residence that brought together European elegance and Hollywood glamour.
As part of her mission as president of LA-Berlin SCC, Rosemarie Reisch engages with great passion to provide a deepening of the social and cultural exchange between the sister cities of Berlin and Los Angeles.
The international flair was certainly felt throughout the event to connect the two cultures and cities in the areas of politics, business and the arts. LA Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented Mr. Böhning and his advisor, Tatjana Kaube, with Certificates of Welcome from the City of Los Angeles.
Björn Böhning represents the face of a young, dynamic and optimistic Berlin. While Berlin has always been surrounded by the mystique of the metropolitan flair of a great city, Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer spoke of strengthening of the ties between the two cities and a contemporary Germany within a global political and cultural context.
Rosemarie Reisch was distinguished by German American League President Ellen Neu the Award for Best Director of the LA-Berlin Sister City Committee.
Under the graceful guidance of the hostess, the invited guests mingled with international captains of the industry and visionaries in culture, design and fashion, among them Jürgen Kipar, CEO Mercedes Benz - Tech-Center USA; Titus Johnson, VP airberlin NY and Madeleine Vogelsang, Product Manager airberlin Miami office; Burkhard Kieker, CEO Berlin Tourismus Marketing; Berkan Tuezanatac, CEO of the German-Turkish Berkan Design; Plateau-One Fashion Designer Harriet Selling; and acclaimed jazz musician Reinhold Schwarzwald; as well as representatives of German-American institutions in Los Angeles.
A touch of Old World charm was added by Bob and Tina Blum who provided an array of German delicacies for the guests to sample, and the elegant musical accompaniment on the piano by Gil Gunderson until the late hours of the night. Silvia Kratzer