Birmingham International Center Event Spotlight on Belgium at The Club

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The International Center sets precedent when it comes to black tie events with a prominent guest list of high-ranking dignitaries from all over the world.

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Birmingham’s Mayor Bell presents His Excellency Johan Verbeke with “The Key to the City”.

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Rep. Jim Carns, wife Judy and guests stop for a commemorative photo to remember this black tie event.

Each year TIC selects a spotlight country to educate, create awareness, and promote international business exchange.  Through community outreach, events, workshops, roundtables and so much more, this organization generates an exciting energy and camaraderie that is a hopeful spark for our younger generations and worldwide economic prosperity.

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The International Center (TIC) is the nation’s oldest cultural education organization. Since 1951, TIC has grown into a resource for international business-education needs, including intercultural training, heritage and arts programming.

Corporate Event Photography, Birmingham AL2016 is the year of Belgium, and The Spotlight on Belgium gala was as impressive as ever with a culturally rich cuisine, Belgian brews, and delightful entertainment with a Flemish flair.Corporate Event Photography, Birmingham AL

 

What better venue than The Club, with panoramic views of the Magic City night lights where guests were welcomed by valet and the red carpet.  During the cocktail hour, everyone had the opportunity to mix and mingle with who’s who.

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The Remembering and Resistance portion of the night was dedicated to recognizing the Alabama veterans who served in World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Guests enjoyed a light-hearted look at the many Belgian contributions and indulgences that we experience here in America.  The list was quite enlightening, from the well-known decadent chocolates to the not-so-well-known and quite decieivng in terminology… the classic “french” fry.

All in all, it was certainly a memorable evening for us, as I’m sure for the guests as well.

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His Excellency Johan Verbeke, enjoys the light-hearted presentation and tribute to Belgium

 

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Honored guest, Retin Obasohan, after his heartfelt speech, sharing his deep love for his native country as well as the honor he feels to be playing basketball for the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa AL

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