The Merry & Bright Gala Is Streaming Live December 5!
How do you move a gala for several hundred people online? After postponing our 7th annual gala from April to October, we realized that the only way we could hold a gala this year is online. So we're getting ready to stream a gala to you!
The Alliance presents its first virtual fundraiser – the Merry & Bright Gala – streaming live to your home on Saturday, December 5. The gala event starts at 6 pm and runs until 7 pm. There's a pre-show at 5:30 pm with a photo retrospective of past galas from 2013-2019. Go directly to the gala at https://www.avcast.me/afpdx
Our engaging MCs will entertain you throughout, and we'll do our best to remind you of past galas you've enjoyed at the MAC. Dominique Geulin will stop by on video to welcome you to the event and you'll also hear from the Alliance Board President, François Wevers.
Don't miss out on French carols sung by the fabulous Susannah Mars, one of the best-known musical stars of Portland – and both a francophile and a francophone! Susannah is a resident artist at Artists Rep and also a master of podcasts. You may be inspired to sing along! Lyrics for downloading will appear in this space in the near future.
Learn how to make a seasonal French treat in another video, a cooking segment with Francine Martinie Chough who teaches the popular workshops focusing on French family cooking. Francine uses recipes she learned at her mother's knee growing up in Bourgogne – you can't get any more authentic than that. Celebrate the evening in your personal bubble of family and friends and salute the Alliance as we salute you – our students, members, and friends.
The streaming event is the centerpiece of the activities we have slated for the Merry & Bright season, preceded by the Online Auction and followed by the Holiday Market.
The Merry & Bright Online Auction runs from Black Friday, November 27, to midnight December 10. You'll find vacation homes in France for that eventual trip abroad, as well as items from local artists, artisans, collectors, and businesses and special offers from the Alliance as well. Bid online anytime, day or night. New items are being added during the auction run.
The fun continues with an online Holiday Market from December 5 - 10. Stroll virtually through the Holiday Market to select gourmet goodies and wines both still and sparkling for your holiday celebrations. You'll find options for an Instant Cellar, sparkling wines, luscious gourmet treats, and fine cognacs. Down the wine list with descriptions for the Instant Cellar and Holiday Bubbles.