To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the BIWC, a 1920s style evening was held on 20th October, 2012. It was not only a great party with everyone dressing up for the part but €3.500 were raised from a tombola and gaming table. This money was used by the Hestia Frauenhaus to purchase an industrial washing machine together with a coin-paying machine.
One of our members wrote the following for publication in the Club’s monthly Newsletter:
“Members in an array of flapper dresses, boas and pearls entered the elegant historic Meistersaal as the evening commenced with Moet Chandon and canapés. Various gangsters, chaps in plus fours and a four-legged entertainer mingled in a sea of headdresses and feathers. A grand dark wood-panelled, candlelit dining hall, complete with flickering silent black and white movie, welcomed revellers as the doors opened and the stage was set for the evening ahead.
As friends old and new caught up, President Penny Fischer welcomed us and reminded us of the Club’s beginnings, the founders’ vision and how the BIWC developed to its current size and diversity. Best wishes came from a previous President and Club founder in a message from South Africa.
Over a fine dinner and excellent service, the multilingual Henry de Winter entertained us with his wonderful songs ranging from “Putting on the Ritz” to “Bésame Mucho” accompanied by a grand piano and Bobby the dog (who also had a smashing evening). The Motown Brothers picked up the tempo after dinner bringing the dance floor alive. Those with an interest in Lady Luck indulged in the roulette table, followed by the excitement of the Tombola draw supporting the Hestia Frauenhaus – with fabulous prizes from generous sponsors.
The evening flew by in no time at all, leaving a trail of feathers – perhaps like the past 20 years – time flies when you are enjoying yourself in the company of friends. A big “Thank you” to all those involved in making the evening a 20s style roaring success.”