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Ohio German American Business Association Christmas Party 2009

German Christmas Party
December 14, 2009

Reinecker's Catering and Bakery Center was the festive setting for the 2009 Ohio German American Business Association (GABA) Christmas Party. GABA president David Jakupca welcomed the crowd to an evening of great food, music, camaraderie and traditions.

Radio host Dr. Joe Wendel, David Jakupca and George Brown from Senator Voinovich's office

Radio host Dr. Joe Wendel, David Jakupca and George Brown from Senator Voinovich's office


David Jakupca cut the stollen, the traditional bread-like fruitcake, with a sword as is the custom.

David Jakupca cuts the stollen with a sword

David Jakupca cuts the stollen with a sword

Renate Jakupca told of the famous Dreden Stollen and Festival as David used the sword to cut stollen for the crowd.

David and Renate Jakupca with the stollen

David and Renate Jakupca with the stollen





Watch a short video of the stollen ceremony



Throughout the evening, Stan Mejac and his accordion entertained the crowd with Christmas, German and other music.

Stan Mejac and his accordion

After a sumptuous German dinner buffet, several well-deserved awards were given out.

German American Business award

Businessman of the Year Edward McGrath


Reinecker bakery awardee

Businesswoman of the Year Magdalena Reinecker


Germania Editor/Publisher Maria Roth was honored with proclamations from Senator George Voinovich, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

David Jakupca, George Brown and Maria Roth

David Jakupca, George Brown from Senator Voinovich's office and Germania Editor/Publisher Maria Roth


Steve Inchak, Maria Roth and David Jakupca

Steve Inchak of Congressman Kucinich's office, Maria Roth and David Jakupca


Debbie Hanson, Maria Roth and David Jakupca

Debbie Hanson representing Cleveland Mayor Jackson,
Maria Roth and David Jakupca


Debbie and Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com were awarded the Foreign Media Award by David Jakupca

Debbie and Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com were awarded the Foreign Media Award by David Jakupca


The festivities continued with a raffle and a gift for the keen-eyed person who first spotted the Christmas Pickle on the tree.

Renate

Renate Jakupca gives a gift to the first to spot the Christmas Pickle


Raffle winner

Lucky raffle winners


Raffle winner
Maria Roth read a poem called Under the Holly Bough by Charles Mackay and then Renate Jakupca read a humorous half-English/half-German Christmas poem.





Read the words to Under the Holly Bough, When the snow falls wunderbar and Stille Nacht

What Christmas party is complete without a visit from jolly old St. Nick?

Renate and David Jakupca with Santa and Mrs Claus

Everyone wanted to pose with Santa and Mrs Claus so the group photos (below) were taken from the left, middle and the right.

German Americans pose with Santa Claus in Cleveland


German Americans pose with Santa Claus in Cleveland


German Americans pose with Santa Claus in Cleveland

One of the highlights of the evening was when the crowd sang Stille Nacht (Silent Night, in German)




Before the dancing began and the merriment continued, the crowd wanted to wish you all a Frohe Weihnachten/Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches/gutes Neues Jahr (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)




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