Save the Date for the Alliance's Merry & Bright Gala Streaming 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 event will run 6-7 pm with a 5:30 pm pre-show, a tour through galas past for your amusement. 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. Preview the auction before its Black Friday opening at https://www.biddingforgood.com/afportland1-26.
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. Look for a preview of the market very soon. You'll find sparkling wines, an Instant Cellar, gourmet treats, and some fine cognacs.
Please register below for the December 5 event to get news and links for the gala. The landing page for the streaming event will be live for Thanksgiving!
What will you find in the online auction? More great items like these.
An Enormous Merci to Our Platinum Sponsor, Kafoury & McDougal
Please contact Sherry Charles to discuss opportunities for sponsors for the streaming gala.
About the Organizer
The seventh annual gala is an important fundraiser which benefits the nonprofit mission of the Alliance Française de Portland and is endorsed by Dominique Geulin, the Honorary of Consul of France in Oregon. The Alliance Française de Portland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, ID# 930878422.