By Ron Kosmahl, Omega World Travel Regional Sales Director Washington
The German School Washington Octoberfest 5K Fundraising event held on Saturday, September 29th was a great success for the German School Washington and Omega and its travel European industry partner- Steigenberger Hotel Group (with over 80 Hotels within Germany, Netherland, Switzerland and Austria.) A total of 290 runners registered for the event to raise money for the German School Washington’s renovation of the school’s track and field facilities. The event not only helped support an important goal, but also generated interest in the extensive and affordable leisure travel packages we offer. All of us at the Omega team- including our Director of Leisure Travel – Ms. Ellen Sisser, believe in and support our CEO’s – Gloria Bohan- interest and support of Community Outreach and Education. We are delighted that our travel package sponsorships were able to raise in excess of $2000.00 to help fund the renovation of the school’s track and field facilities. We look forward to a continued ongoing relationship with the German School Washington.
Words from our friends at the German School Washington and Steigenberger Hotels:
“The contributions by Omega World Travel and Steigenberger Hotel Group to our 5k Oktoberfest Run allowed us to hold a Silent Auction with very impressive items. The $2.000 that came in through this donation of travel vouchers is a tremendous help towards our fundraiser for the renewal of the German School’s track and field.” - Waldemar Gries, Head of School at the German School Washington
“We were pleased to receive this great opportunity to participate here at the German School Washington Fundraiser event. We partnered up with Omega World Travel to offer a value added package for the silent auction to any Steigenberger Hotel in Europe. We would like to thank everyone who has placed so much effort to organize this spectacular Fundraiser Event on September 29, 2012.”- Jeffrey E. Thomas, Steigenberger Hotel Group USA Regional Director of Sales
Recap and Photos from the event:
- Total registered runners 290
- All ages were present and the youngest registered runner was 5 years old.
- First of an annual tradition of 5k Oktoberfest Runs at the German School Washington and will be repeated in the future
- # 1 fastest Runner of all Thomas Selishev with 17:41 minutes
- Amazing achievement: two brothers Shai Neal, age 11 (gold medal 20:32 min) and Niko Neal, age 9 (silver medal- 21:10 min) in category 6-11 years. They came in overall place #8 and place # 12.
- German Embassy had 20 runners including the Deputy Chief of Mission, Jens Hanefeld, and the Head of School, Waldemar Gries OStD, took part in the run pushing his son in stroller.
Ron Kosmahl, Omega World Travel Regional Sales Director Washington; Steigenberger Hotel Group USA Regional Director of Sales; Marianne Haegeli Business Manager of the German School; Waldemar Gries, Head of School at the German School Washington
About Steigenberger Hotel Group
Steigenberger Hotels AG is one of Europe’s leading hotel companies. Its head office is based in Frankfurt/Main, and the group operates 80 hotels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Egypt. The umbrella organization Steigenberger Hotel Group comprises the two brands Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts (47 individual first-class and deluxe hotels) and InterCityHotel (33 midrange hotels located directly at transport hubs such as railway stations and airports). Steigenberger Hotels AG has been in the sole ownership of Hamed El Chiaty since 2009. For more information visit: http://www.steigenbergerhotelgroup.com/ or contact your local Omega World Travel office.
About the German School
The German School Washington D.C., located in Potomac, Maryland, is a German school abroad that educates its students according to German curricula and that offers German degrees after 10th grade (Realschulabschluss) and the German University Entrance Examination (Abitur) after 12th grade. The program of the German School has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education to also offer the U.S. High School Diploma after 12th grade. The German School Washington D.C. received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011 from the Ministry of Education of the Federal Republic of Germany. For more information visit: www.dswashington.org or follow the German School Washington on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/German-School-Deutsche-Schule-Washington-DC/442964500715.