FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Park Avenue Armory
Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Dancing, Live & Silent Auction
Gala Co-Chairs
Claudia Fleming Bitar
Orla Coleman
Monique Frumberg
Jordan Phillips


Christy Turlington Burns

Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, advocate, social entrepreneur, and founder & CEO of the maternal health organization, Every Mother Counts.

Having endured a childbirth complication herself, Christy was compelled to direct and produce the documentary, No Woman, No Cry about maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Every Mother Counts was launched in 2010 to heighten awareness about our global maternal health crisis. While advocacy remains a key focus, Every Mother Counts has evolved into a 501c3 investing in programs around the world to ensure all women have access to quality maternal healthcare.

Christy has been recognized as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People (2014) and one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year (2013). In March 2016, EMC was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit (2016).

Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, Christy enjoyed a successful career as a model while continuing her education and pursuing other interests. Christy has held positions on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and on the advisory Board of New York University's Nursing School. She holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and has studied Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. A six-time marathon finisher, Christy resides in New York City where she lives with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.


The Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) is pleased to announce its 18th annual Gala, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Park Avenue Armory.

This year’s Gala theme, “Toi + Moi = Beyond the Self," celebrates the idea that we can, and should, strive to shape and affect the collective good. In so doing, Gala 2017 focuses on one of the most essential aspects of LFNY’s mission, fostering the values of respect, empathy, courage and kindness among our students and helping them to translate these values into action for the benefit of the world as a whole. “Toi + Moi = Beyond the Self” is a call to consider that the true measure of success is more than personal achievement, but entails deep engagement in the service of others.

Past Lycée Français Galas have brought together 1,000 guests and raised more than $2 million in a single evening. For many, this special occasion is seen as the primary event of the year for the Francophone and francophile community of New York. Past honorees have included Gad Elmaleh, Christine Lagarde, Sidney Toledano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Henry, Charlie Rose and JR. Proceeds from the Gala support important need-based scholarships for LFNY students, as well as our educational and cultural initiatives.

The Lycée Français de New York is a non-profit, independent school founded in 1935 that welcomes over 1350 students representing 54 nationalities from pre-K through 12th grade. The school’s unique program combines French and American educational principles in a bilingual, culturally immersive curriculum that inspires students to be the thinkers, innovators and leaders of their generation, with an understanding of others and an openness to the world around them.