Tomorrow marks the 15th annual celebration of Austrian-American Day. A day that celebrates those who left their homeland in order to start a life in NYC.
After many years of successful community and humanitarian work, the Austrian-American Councils of North America petitioned, in 1997, the President of the United States, the US Senate and all 50 Governors to approve the establishing of September 26th as the “National Austrian-American Day.” It was a tremendous effort by all concerned to get a consensus of so many different political minds. It was, therefore, a great joy and special honor that former President Bill Clinton issued a Presidential Proclamation, with the unanimous consent of the entire US Senate and all 50 United States Governors, declaring September 26, 1997, the first Austrian-American Day.
The Austrian-American Day is celebrated nationally with various festivities and most importantly, with the awarding of grants, donations and other gifts to worthy causes such as the City of Hope, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, Hollygrove Home for Children, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally), Kidspace Children’s Museum, SOS Children’s Villages, Gift of Life-heart-surgery for children, humanitarian help when natural disasters occur and full year scholarships for college students and the ongoing support for professional exchanges such as professors, doctors, scientist and artists to enjoy the bridge of co-operation between Austria and the United States.
Please join us in celebrating all the Austrian Americans tomorrow by raising a glass! For suggested haunts, please check out our Austrian wine map!
Check out the official proclamation by Bill Clinton here: Proclamation-Bill Clinton 1997!