On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted its Annual Holiday Luncheon featuring Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States. Over 180 people gathered for the BABC’s signature event in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia. This special program welcomed Ambassador Westmacott for his first official visit to the City. The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia introduced the Ambassador, and lauded the efforts of BABC event sponsors and Club Level members for their role in promoting the trade and commercial relationship between our region and the UK. The festive lunch was complete with the breaking of Christmas “crackers” at exactly 12:12 p.m. in recognition of the unusual date – 12/12/12. More than 17 exciting prizes contributed to the BABC from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams were raffled off to lucky winners during the program, including two roundtrip Envoy Class tickets on US Airways between Philadelphia International and London Heathrow Airports generously donated by US Airways – exclusive airline sponsor of the program.
All attendees greatly enjoyed Ambassador Westmacott’s educational remarks about the historic relationship between the UK and US. The Ambassador also discussed more current events, including the challenging economic times we currently face, and the proud role London played in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Co-lead sponsors of the BABC Annual Holiday Luncheon were: GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC and KPMG.
To view pictures from the event: click here.
Click here for an article by David Sell, a Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, mentioning the BABC, the Holiday Luncheon, and Sir Peter Westmacott.