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French-American Chamber of Commerce, to host annual gala and awards ceremony

 Clara DeMatteis Mager, a shareholder with the Detroit office of Butzel Long and a member of the board of directors of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), announced to the Michigan legal community that FACC Michigan will host its annual Gala and Awards ceremony on Friday, April 24 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. FACC Michigan is a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.

This year’s gala will celebrate the ties that bring France and the United States together through Michigan companies with French roots or French leadership. Addressing an anticipated 165 attendees, the speaker and guest of honor is Olivier François, Fiat brand CEO and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chief Marketing Officer, and a member of the FCA Group Executive Council. François will discuss his experience leading FCA Marketing initiatives. He will describe his strategy at defining and highlighting the identities of the individual brands of the company’s portfolio and explain the genesis of FCA’s acclaimed advertising campaigns. A native of Paris, François holds a degree in economy, finance and marketing from Dauphine University and a diploma from the Institute des Sciences Politiques (IEP), both Paris-based institutions. 

 Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event.
“We look forward to an evening celebrating French culture and contributions that tie Michigan and France together, specifically through the business community,” Ballarin said. “The gala promises to be a wonderful evening and will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

 A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders.

 The FACC Michigan gala and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members; sponsorship opportunities are available.
To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala, donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.