FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA CELEBRATES 'WHY NOT" SPIRIT AT INAUGURAL GALA ON USS INTREPID! October 15, 2014
DURING THE GALA, A RIVETING CONVERSATION BETWEEN CHARLIE ROSE AND CHRISTINE LAGARDE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC TOPICS. PHOTO: DAVID LINCOLN ROSS FOR FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
MILES YOUNG, LEFT, PRESIDENT OF FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA, AND CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF OGILVY & MATHER, AND PASCALE RICHARD, GALA CO-HOST AND DIRECTOR OF THE CULTURAL CENTER AT THE LYCÉE FRANCAIS DE NEW YORK, ADDRESS MORE THAN 600 DIGNITARIES, GUESTS AND SUPPORTERS. PHOTO: DAVID LINCOLN ROSS FOR FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
ARIANE DAGUIN, CEO, D'ARTAGNAN, LEFT, AND GUEST ERIC ESPUNY; MS. DAGUIN HELPED FOH-LA DEVELOP THE GALA'S POITOU-CHARENTES-INSPIRED SELECTION OF DISHES AND DESSERT. PHOTO: DAVID LINCOLN ROSS FOR FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
WHAT THE GALA IS ALL ABOUT, SUPPORTING THE 2015 VOYAGE OF THE HERMIONE TO THE U.S., SEEN HERE DOCKSIDE IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE, WHERE THE SHIP VISITED IN EARLY OCTOBER, 2014. PHOTOGRAPH BY ©ERIC BOULOUMIÉ
DR. HENNRY KISSINGER ADDRESSES THE GALA FOLLOWING PRESENTATION OF THE FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA LEADERSHIP AWARD TO THE FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE. PHOTO: DAVID LINCOLN ROSS FOR FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
FRENCH JAZZ GUITARIST STEPHANE WREMBEL, ABOVE, AND HIS TRIO, WHO CHANNELED THE GYPSY RHYTHMS AND SONGS OF DJANGO REINHARDT. PHOTO: DAVID LINCOLN ROSS FOR FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
Under the generous corporate sponsorship of Moët Hennessy, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America (FOH-LA) held its first GALA for more than 600 diplomats, dignitaries, guests and Francophile supporters from across the globe on board the USS Intrepid Air & Space Museum in New York City last night, October 14, 2014. Funds raised from the GALA will help support the voyage of the Hermione, “Freedom Frigate”, during its triumphal tour of ports from Yorktown to Boston in 2015.
The assembled guests received a message from Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, who wrote: “I wish to express how much the French Embassy and the French Consulates all over the United States are committed to supporting the Hermione project.” Present at the Gala was Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York, as well The Honorable and Mrs. Craig R. Stapleton, former U.S. Ambassador to France.
To begin the evening’s ceremonies, the first-ever Friends of Hermione-Lafayette In America Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Henry A. Kissinger by FOH-LA President Miles Young. Later after several tributes to the Hermione project, including a video direct from France by Hermione Captain Yann Cariou, Gala guests listened intently to a wide-ranging conversation between Emmy-award-winning journalist Charlie Rose and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, who ably addressed all the major political, economic and diplomatic issues of the day.
With Gala Co-Hosts Miles Young and Pascale Richard presiding over the evening’s ceremonies, the Gala was a great success for all involved!
Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America also wishes to thank the following Gala Chairs: P. Miles Young, Pascale Richard, Irwin Gotlieb, Sir Martin Sorrell, and The Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack.
In addition, FOH-LA again thanks all its generous supporters and followers to make this Gala a genuine celebration of enduring French-American friendship and Lafayette’s “Cur Non”, Why Not, “Pourquoi Pas” spirit. FOH-LA also thanks Restaurant Associates for all their wonderful help in making the Gala a truly memorable event.
A big MERCI and THANK YOU to one and all!