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2022 Gala: 125 Le Bal

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Alliance Française de Chicago

  • Saturday, May 7, 2022

  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Grand Ballroom

  • 120 East Delaware Place

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The Alliance Française de Chicago’s Woman’s Board cordially invites you to our 125th anniversary celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago’s Grand Ballroom at 120 East Delaware Place. Buy your ticket here!

Our Woman’s Board is hosting its biennial gala on May 7, 2022 to raise key operating funds for education, language immersion programs for high school students from Chicago’s core neighborhoods, and cultural offerings at the Alliance Française: the place where all things French happen in Chicago.

Recognized as one of the most elegant events in Chicago, 125 Le Bal will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Alliance Française de Chicago, one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city. This evening of élégance française and chic et charme will bring the allure of Francophone culture into the spotlight. Guests will enjoy innovative entertainment, music and dancing, sumptuous French-inspired cuisine and French wines.

The 125 Le Bal gala co-chairs, Elisabeth Adams and Gail Hoffman, are leading the 75-member Woman’s Board in the production of this exquisite event. The benefit will honor Catharine Hamilton in recognition of her many years of dedication to French culture and the Alliance, and the Prix de l’Alliance Française de Chicago will be awarded to long-time champion of the Alliance, Myriam Bransfield. The goal is to raise a minimum of $400,000 to advance the Alliance’s mission of education and culture.

At the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, nearly 400 of Chicago’s most influential cultural, civic, and social leaders who share an affinity for the Alliance’s language, culture and education programs will be joined by prominent members of the French community and delegation to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Alliance Française in Chicago.

The evening will feature a live auction of one-of-a-kind international travel opportunities, luxury items, exclusive experiences, and fine wines. Funds collected from a Paddle Raise will support educational outreach, French language immersion experiences, and scholarships for CPS high school students.

The Alliance Française de Chicago is a 125 year old non-profit organization that is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliance cultural centers worldwide. We are Chicago’s center of French language and French-speaking cultures with a mission to promote exchange, understanding, and friendship between Americans and all French-speaking people—a world of over 220 million French speakers on every continent.

Co-Chairs: Elisabeth Adams, Gail Hoffman

Honorary Chair: Catharine Hamilton

Prix d’Alliance Honoree: Myriam Bransfield

Woman’s Board President: Cheryl Sandner

Your IMPACT is great! The level of your support and sponsorship of our Gala is critical.

Your generous support allows us to provide the people of Chicago with our high quality programs, classes, outreach, and community engagement. Merci beaucoup !

Proceeds from the Gala support these spheres of activity at the Alliance Française:

• 40% School and Kids' Classes & Activities

• 25% Cultural Programs

• 20% Educational Outreach Award Towards Excellence

• 15% Library

Educational Outreach Program: Award Towards Excellence

Since our outreach program with CPS began in 1998, the “Award Towards Excellence“ has provided free French immersion to over 600 students from six CPS high schools. Outcomes for this diverse group, many from resource-challenged backgrounds, are compelling: over 90% go to college, most first generation.

125 Le Bal Sponsors

Host Committee

The Alliance is grateful to its current Host Committee supporters: Elisabeth and William Adams, Lisa Bailey and Suzette Bulley, Virginia and Norman Bobins, Jean-Pierre and Annie Ergas, Lizabeth and David Horn, Cheryl Sandner and Bill Abromitis, and Lisbeth Stiffel.

To join the Host Committee at $25,000, provide sponsorship at levels ranging from $7,000 to $15,000, or to purchase $700 tickets, click here!


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If you are interested in supporting the 125 Le Bal event as a Sponsor, please contact Yvonne Horn at [email protected].

The Alliance Française is an independent not-for-profit organization and is not a French government agency.

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