Gala soirée at Bleecker Street Arts Club raises awareness of the museum’s conservation of The Winged Victory of Samothrace

On Thursday May 1st, the American Friends of the Louvre’s Young Patrons Circle hosted their seventh annual spring gala at avant-garde art venue Bleecker Street Arts Club in New York City.  This year’s theme, Victoire!, celebrated one of the Louvre’s most iconic masterpieces, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, which is currently undergoing expert conservation at the Louvre and will be back on display in full splendor at the museum this summer.  The proceeds of the evening will support 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.
Guests enjoyed St-Germain’s signature cocktail and French gimlet, fine wines and hors d’oeuvres from Daniel Boulud’s Feasts and Fêtes, Chef Shannon Bard’s signature lobster bisque and a delicious chocolate tasting by La Maison du Chocolat.  DJ du jour Natalie Dodge of SBND provided the evening’s energetic soundtrack.  The art-loving guests viewed BSAC’s recently-opened exhibition The 80’s: Past and Present, and indulged in competitive but friendly bidding during the silent auction which featured original art by acclaimed French and American artists including Agathe de Bailliencourt (courtesy of the artist and FolioCue), Christopher Astley, Jeff Doran, Sarah Kurz, Andrea Mary Marshall and katherine sandoz.  Boutique luxury items from Assouline and Longchamp, as well as a custom-made minaudière by Vancelette Signature inspired by the Victory, and Louvre-inspired jewelry by ISHARYA were also hot items.  Guests departed the event with gift bags generously donated by Kusmi Tea.
Approximately 150 francophiles and young philanthropists attended.  Notable guests included: H.I.H. Prince Napoléon, Countess Olympia Arco, Christina Livanos, Colby Jordan, Susi Kenna, Grant Kettering, Julia Loomis and Larissa and Max Whitney.
American Friends of the Louvre acknowledges the Young Patrons Circle Advisory Council, whose dedication made this event possible.  Council members are Liddy Berman, David Chines, Daniel Colón, Jr., Jennifer Cuminale, Meghan Thrash and Curtis Young.  AFL also salutes the support of this year’s Host Committee whose members included Noreen K. and Ahmar Ahmad, Astrid and Ryan Dattilo, Whitney Larkin, Eugenie Niarchos, Meredith Rosen, Lacary Sharpe and Jamila Willis.
Modern Luxury’s MANHATTAN magazine was 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.  AFL is grateful to Eva Fedderly and Spun P.R. for their in-kind gift of P.R. and press support for this event.

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.

The French Gimlet
2 parts Grey Goose Vodka
1 part St-Germain
½ part lime juice

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filed shaker and shake well. Strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

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