New Cultural Center Dedicated on August 8!
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Felix,
Prince Louis, Prince Sebastien, &
Governor Jim Doyle attend festivities!
Hundreds of LACS members and guests gathered on Saturday, August 8, 2009 for the Dedication of the Luxembourg American Cultural Center. Numerous dignitaries from Luxembourg and the State of Wisconsin participated in the festivities. Honored guests included: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg accompanied by Prince Felix, Prince Louis and Prince Sebastien. The Royal Family traveled to the U.S. on a private visit to witness the dedication of the CulturalCenter.
L-R: Jessica Doyle, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Grand Duke Henri, Prince
Felix, Prince Louis, Prince Sebastien
Governor Jim Doyle & Grand Duke Henri at Dedication Ceremony
Other dignitaries present from the Grand Duchy included: His Excellency Jean-Paul Senninger, Luxembourg Ambassador to the U.S., Madame Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, former Minister of Culture, and Mr. Guy Dockendorf, Director General – Ministry of Culture.
Bishop Raymond Goedert blessing the new Cultural Center
The LACS was also honored with the presence of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and First Lady Jessica Doyle along with representatives from the Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Tourism, and Dept. of Education.
Following the Dedication Ceremony, Grand Duke Henri, the Royal Family members, and Governor and Mrs. Doyle were given a private tour of the CulturalCenter. A reception with the Grand Duke and Governor followed for Board Members and Major Donors.
LACS Director of Development, Kevin Wester, giving a tour of Cultural Center
to Grand Duke Henri and Governor Doyle
Public tours for LACS members and guest ensued on Saturday afternoon as well as on Sunday, August 9.
The LACS offered a heartfelt thank you to all of the dignitaries and guests who participated in the Dedication Celebration. Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the Dedication Celebration and the 2009 Luxembourg Heritage Weekend a huge success!
Luxembourg Fun Brass Band Performing at Dedication Celebration
Richard J. Witry, LACS Board Chairman, at Dedication Celebration