On November 21st the Toronto Section held its annual Year End Dinner Party at the Royal Ambassador Banquet Halls in Caledon.
33 members including a special visit from the MBCA North East Regional Director Ernie Fancy and his wife Bonnie attended the event. Ernie’s visit was not only to update the membership on the National events such as StarFest 2016 which is being held in Uncasville Connecticut, August 3-6th 2016, but also to award Section President Harald von Langsdorff the MBCA Officer of the Year award.
This award is only given to one officer in a Region who in the opinion of the directors of the section and the Regional Director has displayed exemplary leadership during 2015. Gillian von Langsdorff was also honored with a bouquet of red roses for her contributions over the years as a gift donor of fine jewelry, sponsor, her role as a hostess for the events held at the von Langsdorff home and for just being the “Great wife” beside Harald. Harald was also given some original Mercedes-Benz marked 18 carat gold trimmed soup bowls and coffee accessories from the former executive dining room at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart for his leadership role in the Toronto Section.
Before the dinner started, a silent auction was held for the gifts donated by Mercedes-Benz Canada, their dealers and other sponsors and suppliers. We like to thank The AutoVault, Chudleigh’s, Euromotion Garage, Castaño-Kunst Dolls, JRPerformance, Exclusive Jewelry, M-B Dundas, Mississauga, Queensway and Brampton for their support not only for this evening but through the year. A draw was also held for the door prizes and all members were able to choose an item of their choice. Doug Dees asked the members to support the sponsors who have been supporting the club.
During the preceding AGM, participating members had discussed the 2015 and 2016 activities and Harald now informed all attendees of the Dinner Party of the planned events. A slide show entertained with various photos and videos of the 2015 events such TechSession, Stars of the Autobahn at Chudleigh’s and the Caledon Fall Tour & BBQ as well as a video of John Geist’s 230SL, professional shot by the National Post’s website.
It was a great evening to cap a full year of activity for our membership.