NEW YORK, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Lycee Francais de New York (LFNY) honored acclaimed journalist Charlie Rose during its 14th annual Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Pier 36 in New York City. The event theme #LFNY – Advancing Minds into a Digital Future celebrated digital media and communications and their transformative impact on education and today's generation of students. Mr. Rose was honored for his commitment to fostering communication among diverse nations and cultures through his groundbreaking interviews, including those with leading personalities in French politics, culture and society.
"The future which lies ahead for our students is arguably the most exciting future that has ever existed," said Sean Lynch, Head of School, in his address to Gala guests. "The digital revolution is enabling us to make unprecedented improvements in teaching and learning to an already outstanding education."
The LFNY Gala raises vital funds to support the school's academic programs, cultural activities and scholarships. Over eight hundred guests attended this year's event, raising more than $1.7 million for the school.
At the Gala, Charlie Rose became the first American to receive the school's Charles de Ferry de Fontnouvelle Award, named for the LFNY's founder. He joins the ranks of other prominent past award recipients such as Christine Lagarde, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Michel David-Weill.
During his remarks, Mr. Rose shared stories about his experience interviewing many luminaries of French culture and society, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bernard-Henri Lévy and Catherine Deneuve, as well as his passion for France and French life. "I came here as one who loves France…and I leave here as one who loves France and the Lycée Français de New York," he said.
He also spoke of his long career in journalism and how instrumental hard work and passion have been to his success in work and life. "Journalism is a remarkable way to spend your life," he added. "It has given me an opportunity to give expression to my curiosity and passion, and a means to share them with others."
"We are deeply honored that Charlie Rose would accept to be recognized tonight by our school," said Stephan H. Haimo, Chairman of the Board of the LFNY. "He exemplifies how to reach out and bring diverse ideas and cultures to our society and is inspiring our students to learn, to think independently and to embrace the diverse perspectives and cultures of the world."
About Charlie Rose
Mr. Rose is the executive editor and anchor of the nightly PBS interview program, Charlie Rose, co-host of CBS This Morning and a contributing correspondent to the CBS News show 60 Minutes. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has built a reputation on his probing, thought-provoking interviews with innovators and visionaries in art, literature, business, technology, world politics, and science, including the recent "Charlie Rose: The Brain Series," a landmark series examining the brain.
About the Lycee Francais de New York
Founded in 1935, the Lycee Francais de New York (LFNY) is a non-profit, independent private coeducational institution located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Lycee offers an international, bilingual education to a diverse community of 1330 students representing nearly 50 nationalities from early childhood through high school. The school's mission rests on three pillars: academic excellence, personal growth and fulfillment, and global citizenship. The Lycee is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and accredited by the French Ministry of National Education and by The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS.) The LFNY awards the New York State High School Diploma and prepares students to pass the traditional French Baccalaureate, the International Option of the French Baccalaureate, and a special French-American Baccalaureate. For more information, visit www.lfny.org.
Please click here for a link to photos from the event:
Photo 1: Charlie Rose, guest of honor, addresses guests at the LFNY Gala 2013 (photo credit: Kent Miller Studios 2013
Photo 2: Sean Lynch, Head of School, Lycee Francais de New York (photo credit: Louis Chan)
Photo 3: (Left to Right) Stephan H. Haimo, Chairman of the Board, LFNY; Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Gala co-chair, Laetitia Chaix, Gala co-chair; Charlie Rose, guest of honor; L. Bayly Ledes, Gala co-chair; Sean Lynch; Head of School, LFNY (photo credit: Kent Miller Studios)
Photo 4: Charlie Rose greets LFNY student performers during the event (photo credit: Kent Miller Studios)
Photo 5: Guests at the LFNY Gala 2013 (photo credit: Louis Chan)
Elisabeth King, Director of Communications
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