NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) will shine a spotlight on digital media and communications during its 14th annual Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Pier 36 in New York City. Acclaimed journalist Charlie Rose will be honored for his commitment to fostering communication among diverse nations and cultures, including through his groundbreaking interviews with leading personalities in French politics, culture and society.
The theme of the tech-centered event and fundraiser for the school is #LFNY – Advancing Minds into a Digital Future. "This year's Gala highlights a topic that is vital to the future of our students," said Sean Lynch, Head of School. "Their ability to navigate the digital media landscape and to use technology to fuel their creativity, to solve problems, and to innovate will be essential to their success."
Led by LFNY parent co-chairs L. Bayly Ledes-Daviau, Laetitia Chaix, and LFNY alumna and parent Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, the Gala is the key fundraiser for the Lycée Français de New York. Over 1100 guests and 50 corporate sponsors took part in last year's Gala, raising more than $2 million in support of the school's academic and cultural programs, as well as its scholarship fund.
At the Gala, Charlie Rose will receive the Charles de Ferry de Fontnouvelle Award, named for the 's founder. He joins the ranks of other prominent past award recipients such as Michel David-Weill, Christine Lagarde and Jean Paul Gaultier.
"We honor Mr. Rose for his rigorous inquiry, boundless curiosity, and engaging conversations with visionary men and women who are making positive change happen in areas that matter to our society and the world as a whole," added Mr. Lynch. "We celebrate too his deep love of France and French culture, and everything he has done to support the exchange of ideas between France and United States."
The annual Gala at the de New York is a community event that includes the participation of volunteer parents, alumni, staff, teachers, and students. This year, the entire Gala -- from its interactive decor and music to student performances and projects will celebrate new media and communications. Student contributions include an interactive history of information technology, digital music performances and a special Gala digital game.
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 13- part series examining the brain.
About the Lycée Français de New York
Founded in 1935, the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) is a non-profit, independent private coeducational institution located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Lycée offers an international, bilingual education to a diverse community of 1330 students representing nearly 50 nationalities from early childhood through high school. The schoolʼs mission rests on three pillars: academic excellence, personal growth and fulfillment, and global citizenship. The Lycée 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.
Multimedia school blog: life.lfny.org
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