On Friday, May 20th, the FACC-Atlanta will host its 26th Annual spring Gala - Passport to France 2011, An Evening in Versailles. This event brings together more than 250 prominent individuals and leaders from the French-American Business community in Georgia and beyond.

Passport to France is a celebration of travel, fine cuisine, French culture and luxury items. Well known for their love of travel, fine cuisine and unique venues, the French-American community represents a significant and growing market in the Atlanta metro area and beyond.

Passport to France, An Evening in Versailles, will take place at the beautiful and exclusive Piedmont Driving Club, overlooking Piedmont park in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, on Friday, May 20th from 7pm to midnight.

This exceptional evening will feature a French themed Casino, a Parisian Street Café with Jazz Music, a champagne reception, a wonderful dinner, live and silent auctions, caricaturist and painter and musical entertainment.

Upon arriving in “Versailles”, guests will stroll through the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) where they will be greeted by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who will invite them to partake in a champagne reception, with music played by an accordionist player, Scott Douglas. Prior to dinner, guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and live music while they stroll by the silent auction tables and the Passport Monument Sponsors.

Dinner will be held in the main banquet hall, accompanied by live piano music. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the decorated staff of chefs at the Piedmont Driving Club. Tables will be themed to famous historical figures from French history (Louis XIV, Cardinal de Richelieu, etc).

After dinner, guests can adjourn to one of two themed entertainment venues – The Monte Carlo Casino and the Parisian Street Café.

Located in the beautiful and elegant Piedmont room of the Piedmont Driving Club, guests will be invited to try their luck at Roulette, Poker, Black Jack or Craps. Overlooking scenic midtown and downtown Atlanta, the Monte Carlo Casino is sure to be, again, a crowd favorite. In addition, the guest with the most chips at the end of the evening will win a special gift!

Guests can also relax at the Parisian Street Café where they can enjoy a delicious cup of Nespresso and dessert, or a glass of Cognac.  Weather permitting, the outdoor Parisian Street Café will also feature a caricaturist, Kourosh Salaimani, live jazz music and singer, with the group of Ed Acquesta and the singer Allison Criswell, and a display of French Luxury goods.  

During the Gala evening, guests will be invited to peruse the live and silent auction tables to bid on Hotel stays, Bed and Breakfast stays, complete travel packages of airline tickets paired with fine hotels, restaurant gift certificates, luxury goods and more. Amazing luxury hotels and venues have already been donated to Passport to France 2011, including: The Five-Star Hotel Crillon and the beautiful InterContinental Hotel in Paris, The Four-Star Crown Plaza Hotel in Toulouse, the Four Seasons and the Grand Hyatt Hotels in Atlanta and more… In addition, we have already received donations of luxury items from famous French companies, such as Longchamp, Baccarat, etc.


To know more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at services@facc-atlanta.com





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