On The Avenue

Vive La France-care!

by Michael Gross Photographed by Jay Ackerman
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Honorable Jane D. Hartley, Howard H. Leach, Charles H. Rivkin and Craig R. Stapleton, each a former U.S. Ambassadors to France, were honored at The American Hospital of Paris Foundation’s Award Gala on November 8 at the  Plaza Hotel. The event supports the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which treats more than 100,000 patients from 100 countries each year.

A fourth U.S. Ambassador, the ailing Felix Rohatyn, also got a shout out.  “He is with us in our hearts this evening,” said Ambassador François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, before he presented each honoree with an engraved Lalique petite Tourbillons crystal vase.  It symbolized the “indefatigable friendship” between France and the United States, Ambassador Delattre said.  The fact that America is currently not represented by an ambassador in Paris went unmentioned at the dais, but not at the 

Among the 150 guests greeted by the Foundation’s Co-Chairmen Barbara Cirkva Schumacher and Henry P. Davison, II were Koji Abe, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Consul General of Japan in New York; Lorenz Baumer; Violaine and John Bernbach; Donna and Max Chapman; Jérôme Deana, Development Director at American Hospital of Paris; Amandine and Stephen Freidheim; Audrey and Martin Gruss; Frank and Joan Ginsberg;  Sharon Jacquet; Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg; Ulla Parker; Kalliope and Michael Rena; Gretchen Leach; Ralph Schlosstein; Susan Tolson; Deborah and Marshall Wais;  Laura and Mark Yockey; Strauss Zelnick and Wendy Belzberg; and representatives from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which is the AHP and AHPF’s international affiliate hospital.



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