BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
Auction packages to Paris, Cannes, and Brazil highlighted the Around the World in Eighty Days theme brilliantly captured by the Lycée Français de Chicago’s Soirée: at the Four Seasons April 1.
Chaired by Stephanie Pirishis and Joris Wijpkema and Elisabeth and Christophe Ridet, the evening raised more than $525,000 for school programming and financial aid.
Attended by 541 guests, the Soirée begin with photo ops in a giant hot air balloon created by Cory Durst and ended with dancing until 2 am to an international mix by DJ Madrid. Committee chairs of the 41-member volunteer team included Lisa Harwood, Nicole McCurdy, Michelle Jolas, Amanda Love, Jeannine Colaco, Christy Domin, Mariam Staunton, Holly Lignelli, Kamilla Svjgl, Andrea Wagner, and Adrianna Sanandres.
Highlighting the Lycée’s international student body, the evening featured karaoke by student cast members of Les Misérables. Gabrielle MacLeod, a 2011 graduate; fifth-grader Izzie Fuller; teacher and technology trainer Kevin Nouvel; teachers Delphine Geannopulos and Eddy Sebastien; and Related Midwest President, Curt Bailey, spoke on the importance of the new STEAM Innovation Lab (which refers to the sciences, technology, engineering, language arts, and math).
Part of a global network of 450 secondary schools offering a duel language education, the Lycée Français de Chicago thrives in its new Ravenswood location. With a mission to provide multicultural learning that encourages students to become responsible global citizens, the Lycée is headed by Eric Veteau.
Photo credits: Ryan Kocol and Noah Davies