Our Donation Helps Build a Playground at SOS Children's Village in Florida

February 23rd 2014

The major contributor for establishing the SOS Chlidren's Village playground,
was the AACW with a donation of $10,000. AACW raised the funds for the
playground donation at an Austrian-American Day Gala on September 17, 2011, which celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Austrian-American
Councils of North America. A permanent bronze plaque recognizing AACW’s
generosity will be placed when the playground is finished.

L.A. Austrian Team-up for Curtis Film

Los Angeles, March 19, 2014

Los Angeles - Austrian actor Christoph Dostal’s documentary film 
"Dance Myself"
 about the life of legendary dancer Bob Curtis received
completion backing from the Austrian American Council West,
providing a key boost to finish the film in 2014.  

The U.S.-born Bob Curtis lived the last 20 years of his life in Vienna,
and his work as a dancer, choreographer and ultimately permanent tutor
at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School helped build a diverse
international dance scene in Austria. After his death in 2009,
he was buried at the Zentralfriedhof in Simmering.

The cultural relevance to both Austria and the US,
symbolized by Bob Curtis’ life, was at the core of our decision
to get behind Christoph and to make our first-ever donation to a film project”
said AACW President Veronika Reinelt at the contract signing and
proceeds conferment, attended by Dostal and Austrian Consul General
Mag. Ulrike Ritzinger, AACW, Executive Vice President Lilliana Popov-Alexander
and Treasurer Fred R. Reinelt, and Attorney Dennis Fredricks
who had negotiated the agreement. The general support of AACW
enabled Dostal to complete production. 

AACW Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon at the Sea

Malibu, April 12th 2014

Sponsor luncheon held at the Malibu residence of one of the council's trustees.
Superb setting, great food and company at the Malibu home of an AACW sponsor.

"UCLA Walter Jurmann Award for Voice"

Schoenberg Music Building at UCLA Los Angeles, May 1, 2014

Talented Students from "Herb Alpert School of Music" compete for the Prestigious "Walter Jurmann Award for Voice" at Schoenberg Music Building at UCLA. 
Reception followed.

Annual Member Meeting

Beverly Hills Country Club, July 12th 2014

Annual Member Meeting exclusively for members and their
spouses with a beautiful luncheon.

Austrian-American Day Gala dedicated to Special Olympics World Games 2015

Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, October 11th 2014

A Gala of Olympic Proportions to commemorate and celebrate the return of the Special Olympics to the United States after 16 years. The Special Olympics, held in Los Angeles in July 2015, attracted over 7,000 athletes from 170 nations who competed in 25 Olympic-type sports. This international sporting event was a powerful platform that helped bring public attention to the unique talents and capabilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and encouraged greater inclusion and acceptance of individuals with disabilities in our society.