French-American Aid for Children Celebrates Its 75th Gala at The Rainbow Room

The annual Bal des Berceaux hosted by the non-profit organization French-American Aid for Children (FAAFC) will take place on April 29, 2016 at The Rainbow Room in New York City. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bal des Berceaux event.

The Gala is to support the “Children Come First” mission for 2016, and all charitable proceeds will go the seven children charities currently supported by FAAFC in the United States and France.

FAAFC will honor the Storefront Academy for its 50 years of exemplary urban education for the young children of Harlem. “We applaud the Storefront’s dedicated mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged children," said FAAFC President Marguerite Mangin. "Their rigorous and nurturing programs enable hundreds of underserved children in New York City to get outstanding educational and developmental schooling. This is exactly the kind of commitment that FAAFC has set goals to support.”


The Bal des Berceaux will bring together distinguished members of the New York and international communities. The black tie event will feature special entertainment, and a live auction will be held with donations from renowned luxury houses. This year’s Gala is under the patronage of His Excellences Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations, and the Consul General of France in New York, Bertrand Lortholary. Lucila Vollbrechthausen and Margarita Somnolet chair the event.
The first Bal des Berceaux was held in 1941 and has become FAAFC’s main fundraising event. It raised nearly half a million dollars in 2015. All funds are used to further FAAFC’s mission - to financially support selected charities that help deprived children in the United States and in France. More recently, FAAFC sent special donations to ‘École d’Art au Village’ for the unique art project "Paris, New York: the Imaginary City", to children affected by Hurricane Sandy, to Surgeons of Hopes in Nicaragua, and to Forgotten Children of Haiti.
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About French-American Aid for Children (FAAFC)

French-American Aid for Children, Inc. “Children Come First” (FAAFC), is a New York based non-profit organization. Composed of volunteers, and in existence for more than 76 years, FAAFC’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to vetted children’s charities promoting the health, education, and prevention of child abuse in the United States and in France, as well as other countries in times of emergency.

The organization was founded by French wives of American citizens at the onset of World War II and began supporting French orphans and families of prisoners of wars. It continued raising funds for relief organizations. Today the focus remains children’s welfare and the funds donated by FAAFC are earmarked for designated children’s projects and their use is closely monitored.

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