The French-American Chamber of Commerce - New York held its much-anticipated annual Gala Evening at Manhattan's esteemed Tribeca Rooftop on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The festive and elegant evening celebrated the strength of French-American business relationship and raised funds for the French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Event highlights included specialty cocktails, a wine bar and hors d'ouevres with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River; a three-course dinner; updates on the FACC Foundation and Serge Bellanger MBA Scholarship Award by President Elsa Berry; exceptional networking opportunities with high-level executives; dessert, chocolate truffle-making station & aerialist dancer entertainment well into the night. Martin Bischoff, Managing Director of the FACC-NY thanked all Corporate Patrons, Corporate Benefactors and Gala Sponsors for their invaluable support of the FACC Foundation.
The 2017 Gala Guest of Honor was Yves Bigot, CEO of TV5MONDE, who spoke about the French-American relationship and the importance of promoting Francophonie.
Attendees also heard from Stéphane Ormand, Vice President & General Manager of Air France KLM, Mathieu Chevrollier, Finance Manager at L'Oréal and 2013 Serge Bellanger Scholar and Claire Lecarpenter, Senior Associate at J.P. Morgan and 2014 Serge Bellanger Scholar.
The Gala benefited the FACC Foundation, which was formed in 2012 by the FACC - New York Chapter to help fund the education of the next generation of transatlantic business leaders. Through its "Serge Bellanger French-American MBA Scholarship" program, the Foundation provides scholarships to eligible French students pursuing MBAs in the U.S., and to eligible American students pursuing MBAs in France. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to exceptional students.
The FACC Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to its 2017 CORPORATE PATRONS: Air France & Delta Air Lines, TV5MONDE, Crédit Agricole, L'Oréal USA, PwC and Societe Generale.
The FACC Foundation also thanks its 2017 CORPORATE BENEFACTORS: Baker & McKenzie, BNP Paribas, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Colgate-Palmolive, Cozen O'Connor, Dassault Systèmes, Deloitte, EY, Fragomen, LVMH, Mazars USA, Winston & Strawn LLP, Cartier and Altour/CBRE.
2017 GALA SPONSORS & DONORS included generous support from "Serge Bellanger Scholarship Legacy Sponsor" Danielle Bellanger. We also thank Bache-Gabrielsen, Blason Louis and Voilà Chocolat for their generous donations of cognac, wine and chocolates for the gift bags.
In addition, the FACC Foundation thanks Air France and Delta Air Lines, 2017 Exclusive Official Airline Partners of the FACC-NY.