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    1. Michelle Jolas and Bruce Gelman. 

    <p>1. Michelle Jolas and Bruce Gelman.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Hilary and David Pisor.

    <p>2. Hilary and David Pisor.</p>
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     3. Chair Kristina Schneider and April Bridgeman. 

    <p>&nbsp;3. Chair Kristina Schneider and April Bridgeman.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. Guests of honor Vincent and Christine Floreani. 

    <p>4. Guests of honor Vincent and Christine Floreani.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Dancers take on a retro theme, too. 

    <p>5. Dancers take on a retro theme, too.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Honorary Chairman JeanPierre Ergas and wife Annie. 

    <p>6. Honorary Chairman JeanPierre Ergas and wife Annie.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Elissa Lafeyette, Joanna Sevim and Beth Bennet Hebbeln. 

    <p>7. Elissa Lafeyette, Joanna Sevim and Beth Bennet Hebbeln.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Jashin Gugnani and Camille Grand-Dewyse. 

    <p>8. Jashin Gugnani and Camille Grand-Dewyse.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Libby and David Horn with Mary Ellen Connellan.

    <p>9. Libby and David Horn with Mary Ellen Connellan.</p>

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

The black-tie event was held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel in May and was organized by the Women’s Board who hired HMR Designs to execute all the authentic details, from the Parisian flowers and décor to French-inspired cuisine. Live and silent auctions included international travel excursions, jewelry and other luxury items, and further entertainment was provided by the Stanley Paul Orchestra. Here is a look at sights from the night.

From May 1 to July 14, Philadelphians were enthralled by Chinese culture at the 4th annual Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival held in historic Franklin Square. Attendees witnessed 27 lantern displays that were larger than life and made of more than 2,000 lit sculptures and 20,000 LED lights. 

 

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International – Southern Colorado Chapter held its annual summer fundraiser on July 17 at Colorado Springs Marriott. A beach party theme kept things lively, and members were encouraged to “flamingle” and bring guests of all ages. Funds raised benefitted CASA of the Pikes Peak Region.

 

Members of the National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter pulled out the gym gear and dusted off their Nikes to take the field. The Denver Broncos’ UCHealth Training Center, a professional-grade facility, served as the backdrop for all sorts of fun and games.