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French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, to host annual gala and award ceremony on May 6 with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as guest of honor

Detroit — April 5, 2016 — The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, will host its annual gala and award ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at The Detroit Athletic Club. This year’s gala will celebrate the historical ties that connect Detroit with the French and also the economic impact that Michigan companies with French roots have on the region and the state.

Leading an anticipated 200 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guest of honor and speaker, The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. Mayor Duggan will reaffirm the strong historic, cultural and economic ties between Detroit and the French, while discussing Detroit’s renaissance, as well as the impact of French investment, companies and job creation in the region.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event.

“What a special evening this will be as we reflect on the strong historical bonds that tie Detroit’s founding with the French and the ongoing impact that French culture and business have on the region today,” Mr. Ballarin said. “Our previous three galas were sold-out and this year’s event, with the energy of Detroit’s revitalization represented by Mayor Duggan, promises to be another wonderful evening to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

A donation by FACC Michigan to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will also be announced at the gala.

The FACC Michigan gala and award 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, click here. To donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at