Saturday, May 9 at 06:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago · 160 East Pearson Street
The Woman’s Board hosts its biennial gala to raise critical operating funds for education, inner-city high school language and immersion programs and cultural offerings at the Alliance Française de Chicago, the place where all things French happen in Chicago. Recognized as one of the most elegant events in Chicago, Un Air de Provence will transport you to a field of lavender and rosé to benefit the Alliance and celebrate 25 years of the Woman’s Board.
In 1998, the Alliance Française entered into a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools to offer motivated students from diverse neighborhood high schools an after-school enrichment program at the Alliance.
This program enables students to refine their French language skills and exposes them to broad cultural experiences. At the end of their second year, qualifying students can compete for a summer scholarship trip to France or an intensive immersion stay at the Concordia Language Villages. Highly acclaimed, this innovative program empowers students by opening their minds to global thinking, building their tolerance of diversity, and strengthening their education endeavors.
Founding Woman’s Board President
Camille Grand-Dewyse and Julianne Migely
Carol A Smith
The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second-largest after the Alliance Française in New York City.
Our mission is to be Chicago’s center of French language and French-speaking cultures—to promote exchange, understanding, and friendship between Americans and French-speaking people—from Europe, Canada, Cajun country, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East—a world of over 220 million French speakers. www.af-chicago.org