"La Vie en Roses" Gala 2019
Join the FACC in celebrating 40 years of French-American business relationships between North Texas and France!
French and American Corporate Members, Friends and Community Partners have been a part of this Chamber over the years, and we will honor this milestone and raise a toast to all who have supported the FACC as we renew our mission and look ahead to a bright future at “Quarante Ans Après” on June 14th, 2019.
In honor of our 40th anniversary, take a look back at our history by reading an FACC DFW newsletter from 1995 with the history of our annual Gala, inspired by "The Peace Rose."
The Story of the "La Vie en Roses" Gala: 1995 FACC Newsletter
The Gala will be held at Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum, a beautiful setting for La Vie en Roses.
The Champagne Reception with silent auction will begin at 6:30 PM followed by dinner catered by Kent Rathbun at 8:00 PM.
Dress Code: Black Tie-optional
Guy Sorman, President of France-Amerique, is a French-American professor, columnist, author, and public intellectual in economics and philosophy. Author of thirty books on the subjects of market economy, globalization and the development of poor countries, including The Liberal Solution, Progress and its enemies, Made in the USA.
Sorman is the Founder of Action Against Hunger, Deputy Mayor of Boulogne and the President of the Economic Council of Greater Paris. He was the President of the Foresight Council of Alain Juppé then Prime Minister. M. Sorman served as the Director of France-America magazine in New York and was also a columnist for City Journal, The Point, The World, and ABC Madrid. Sorman serves as an advisor to several governments. He is the Officer of the Legion of Honor, Gold Medal of Youth and Sports, Commander of the Order of May in Argentina, Officer of the Southern Cross in Brazil and Doctor of the University of Cordoba in Argentina.
Most recently, M. Sorman was selected by President Macron to chair a conference in Paris on le Grand Debat on inequality.
Lionel Ladouceur is CEO of Le Duff America Inc., Dallas-based subsidiary of Groupe Le Duff, serving more than 1 million customers daily with nearly 2,000 bakery-cafes worldwide. Le Duff America’s portfolio of brands include la Madeleine Country French Cafe, Mimi’s Café and Brioche Doree.
Lionel started his career with McDonald’s in Canada and France. He then spent seven years with Burger King in charge of operations for Continental Europe. He returned to Canada where he became CEO of BridorInc. and Brioche Doree in Canada and the Northeast U.S. From 2001 to 2007 he was CEO of the restaurant division of Auchan Groupe (Agape) and has spent the last eight years as CEO and minority shareholder of Simport Scientific (U.S. and Canada).
Mr. Ladouceur has over 25 years of restaurant industry expertise in operations, franchise and general management in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
The French-American Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth values all of our relationships with DFW businesses and we greatly appreciate all the support we receive from our members and the DFW community. There are various levels of "La Vie en Roses" Gala sponsorships available so that anyone can be involved in this event.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the executive director, Erin McKelvey, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or view our forms to the left. Merci beaucoup.
Merci to Our Sponsors
Groupe Le Duff
Frisco Economic Development Corporation
Irving Sister Cities
Dallas International School
Alliance Française de Dallas