November 14, 2023
6:00 PM

A TIME FOR GIVING – Cocktail Party

November 14, 2023
6:00 PM

On November 14, 2023, French-American Aid for Children joyfully resumed its holiday cocktail fundraiser, after several years, in the exquisite salons of the French Consulate General in New York, graciously hosted under the patronage of Jérémie Robert, the General Consul of France. The evening featured two book signings and a silent auction, both of which proved to be resounding successes. Guests had the opportunity to bid on enticing auction items and indulge in the delightful signature hors d’oeuvres from Feast & Fêtes by Daniel Boulud. Members and friends were delighted to reconnect, and on behalf of the children, we extend our heartfelt thanks for their generous support!

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Marty Parkes


The Children's Front: The Story of an Orphanage in Wartime France

Written from the heart, Marty Parkes tells the true, touching story in The Children’s Front of an American expatriate, Seymour Houghton, who together with his wife Germaine, labored to establish a wartime haven for children displaced or orphaned during the ravages of World War II in France.  Forced to leave France after the United States declared war and to leave Le Refuge in the hands of his wife, Seymour Houghton joined the OSS, rallied support for the Refuge through the American Red Cross, returned again in post-war France to pursue his undertaking at the orphanage.

Le Refuge des Petits in Hyères, France, was one of the earliest French charities supported by FAAFC’s founder Mrs. Simone Smith, with FAAFC and its predecessor providing clothing, funding and encouragement over decades.


"[...] This book is full of inspiring stories of resilience, generosity, and hope from the staff and youngsters who made the Refuge their home in the early 1940s and later." Overview -Barnes & Nobles

Marty Parkes is an experienced book author and journalist who has published articles in varied publications such as The New York Times, Golf Journal and Sports Illustrated. He has authored or contributed to six previous books including: Classic Shots and Disrupter.

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Adeline Olmer

Writer, Blogger

Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook - Everything You need to Know to be a Good Cook

Adeline Olmer a French native, moved to New York as a child. Since the move was intended to be temporary her family spent significant amounts of time in France. Adeline always says that living as part of two cultures has given her a rare perspective that has allowed her to develop her own unique style which she calls “French style, American ease”.  It has also given her a perspective that allows her to explain the secrets of the French culture to the many readers of her blog French-Secrets.

People frequently ask her for recipes, and entertaining tips as well as stories about growing up in the two countries. Adeline took those questions, her recollections and personal experiences and wrote “Le Kitchen Cookbook: a workbook” Everything you need to know to be a good cook. The book combines more than 100 different recipes, and essential cooking and food preparation techniques. Currently, Adeline is working on a course and companion volume focusing on entertaining. Easy entertaining: How to host and be a guest at your own dinner party.


This is not an ordinary cookbook but rather a true workbook that teaches you about the interplay between techniques, flavors and how to combine them into a delicious dish.

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