The Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre's Annual Benefit

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Victoire! Gala at Bleecker Street Arts Club on May 1st, 2014 to Raise Money and Awareness for Louvre Museum

American Friends of the Louvre’s Young Patrons Circle will host their seventh annual spring gala on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at Bleecker Street Arts Club. This year’s gala, Victoire! celebrates one of the Louvre’s most iconic masterpieces, the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The sculpture is currently undergoing expert conservation at the Louvre and will be back on display at the museum in summer 2014. To achieve the final 1 million Euro necessary to finance the sculpture’s conservation, the Louvre launched an online appeal from August to December 2013. AFL was pleased to support this campaign on its own website, making a grant to the museum from its U.S. supporters. The 1 million Euro goal was achieved by December 31, 2013.

The YPC gala will feature the signature St-Germain cocktail, fine wines, hors d’oeuvres by Daniel Boulud’s Feasts and Fêtes, Chef Shannon Bard’s signature lobster bisque, music by DJ Natalie Dodge of SBND, and a silent auction of boutique luxury items and original works by acclaimed American artists Christopher Astley, Jeff Doran, Sarah Kurz, Andrea Mary Marshall and Katherine Sandoz, and from French artist Agathe de Bailliencourt (courtesy of the artist and FolioCue). Approximately 150 Francophiles and young philanthropists will attend. Expected guests include: H.I.H. Prince Napoléon, Countess Olympia Arco, Liddy Berman, David Chines, Daniel Colón, Jennifer Cuminale, Meghan Thrash, Maximilian Whitney and Curtis D. Young. The proceeds of the evening will support the mission of American Friends of the Louvre and its efforts to make the Louvre’s collections and exhibitions more widely accessible to art lovers in the U.S. and around the world.

"AFL is fortunate to have such a devoted group of young patrons whose financial support helps ensure that important Louvre projects - such as the restoration of the Winged Victory - are realized. More than ever, it is vital to engage young members in the life of the museum so that the cultural heritage it holds can be preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations,” says Sue Devine, Executive Director of American Friends of the Louvre.

The event is scheduled from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.; cocktail attire is the dress code. Modern Luxury’s MANHATTAN magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of this event. AFL gratefully acknowledges Baccarat for its ongoing support of the Young Patrons Circle. Additionally, AFL thanks Mr. Reginald Van Lee for his generous underwriting gift toward the YPC gala.

Tickets are $275 per person (before April 24, $300 per person thereafter). To purchase tickets to the event, please visit

About American Friends of the Louvre
American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) was founded by the Musée du Louvre to strengthen ties between the Louvre and its American public, and to formalize the long-standing generosity of American patrons. Approximately one million Americans visit the Louvre each year, making it the most visited museum by Americans after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

About the Young Patrons Circle
Through special fundraising events and activities in New York City, the Young Patrons Circle supports AFL’s mission to raise awareness for the Louvre’s collections and museum expertise. Now in its sixth year, the Young Patrons Circle’s annual benefit has become a prime example of Franco-American support for the Louvre Museum.

About St-Germain
St-Germain is the first liqueur in the world, created in the artisanal French manner, from freshly handpicked elderflower blossoms. It has a light, refreshing sweetness with notes of pear, citrus and tropical fruits. St-Germain has received every major accolade in the spirits industry, and has been heralded by The New York Times as one of the most influential cocktail components of the last decade. Extremely versatile, St-Germain adds character to many cocktails and mixes well with all base spirits in addition to wine and Champagne. The signature St-Germain Cocktail - made with St-Germain, sparkling wine, club soda and a lemon twist- is a simple yet sophisticated cocktail for any occasion. SRP $33.99 for a 750ml bottle.

The St. Germain Cocktail
2 parts MARTINI Prosecco
1½ parts St-Germain
2 parts Club Soda
Method: Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Variation: Think of Sartre circa 1947. Be the lemon twist.

About FolioCue
FolioCue is a unique, subscription-based website that provides an easily digestible yet comprehensive look at leading contemporary artist’s portfolios. Every Monday at noon, an email newsletter shares a concise and highly visual overview of one featured artist, alongside an inspired style guide of curated products and clothing that draws upon the themes and visual language of the featured artist’s work. Timed accordingly, the weekly artist feature and Monday email announcement are meant to be a workday reprieve and enjoyed within a few minutes during a lunch break.

MANHATTAN magazine is a high-end luxury lifestyle publication that champions the vibrant style and sophistication of New York City. Whether it's a revealing celebrity profile, a special feature on the chicest trends in design, of the moment fashion spreads or an in-depth review of city hot spots, MANHATTAN excels at capturing the urbane metropolitan lifestyle. MANHATTAN magazine is a publication of MODERN LUXURY MEDIA, the preeminent luxury lifestyle publisher in the United States, with 40 titles across 15 major cities — reaching more than six million affluent readers. To view the current digital edition of MANHATTAN magazine, visit or download the APP on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

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