French Heritage Society and notable guests will gather at the elegant Club Colette on the evening of Thursday, February 28th for their annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner.

The stunning fête will be held at the behest of Gala Chairs Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou, as well as Vice Chairmen Sondra Gilman & Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Bruce Horten & Aaron Lieber, Judy McLaren, Nathalie Pray, and Thomas Warren Thaler. Additional flair will be provided byCeCe Black, Board Chair of Special Events, Suzanne Stoll, Palm Beach Representative, in the presence of Consul General of France in Miami Clément Leclerc, FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling, FHS President Denis de Kergorlay and Dinner Chairmen Ronald Lee Fleming, Ambassador & Mrs. Howard H. Leach, Liz McDermott, Ann Van Ness and Kelly Williams & Andrew Forsyth.

The esteemed committee includes: Mrs. George J. Ames, Comtesse Yolande de Bonvouloir, Suzanne Mott Dansby, Regine & Bill Diamond, Jane Ferguson, Anne H. Fitzpatrick, Annette Y. Friedland, Lou Rena Hammond, Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Hickox, Mrs. Cheryl McKee, Frank Morgan & Brent Feigenbaum, Mr. & Mrs. John H. Morris, Jr., Patrick M. Murphy & Anthony J. Selvitella, Maureen M. Nash, Norman Nelson & Robin Reardon, Angela Page, Chips & Sarah Page, Jay R. Paul, Nancy Place, Jean Shafiroff, Patricia Shiah, Gil Walsh, Mark A. Walter, Sheri Clement Wechsler, Barbara Wolf and Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. Wolf.

Proceeds from the Palm Beach Gala Dinner nurture the laudable mission of the French Heritage Society by supporting their tireless efforts to preserve French heritage in France and the U.S. and to bring together individuals who share the passion of their missions:

  • Preserving the rich French architectural and cultural heritage throughout France and in the U.S. by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants. To date, FHS has awarded 586 restoration grants in both countries.
  • Transmitting and safeguarding the skills, knowledge and love of heritage through transatlantic educational programs. Since the program’s inception, 479 French and American students from prestigious educational institutions have benefitted from internships in esteemed cultural organizations.
  • Fostering French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange through select tours in France and the U.S., lectures, conferences, and other events on both sides of the Atlantic. FHS’ 12 chapters (11 in the U.S. and 1 in Paris) collectively organize over 50 events each year. The French Heritage Society, founded in 1982, has a central mission to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream and create.

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