Dear Friends,

Times are difficult, but the French Cultural Center is unswerving in its mission of fostering international and cultural understanding. We are sticking by you and by our dynamic community.

Will you stick by us?

Immediately at the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the Center moved lessons and cultural events online so that students and members would remain safe – and still have a place to meet, learn and share their love of French and French culture.

The Center’s library staff quickly launched a curbside pickup program so children and adults would have continued access to French books, CDs and other material.

We stuck by our commitment to the Center’s Accent on Success program, which provides free French language lessons to high school students in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods.

And, over the summer, when health authorities said it was safe to meet in small groups, we began offering outdoor French-themed tours of Boston, plus wine tastings and gastronomy events, to bring members and friends together again in person. (We are all “Zoomed out!”)

Yet, I must tell you that it has been a difficult year financially for the Center. The pandemic forced us to cancel three major fundraising activities – with a predictable impact on our budget.

As a result, we need your financial support more than ever to sustain the Center’s activities and our exceptional staff during this period of financial stress.

I believe so strongly in the work of the French Cultural Center that I and my wife Leanne will match, dollar for dollar, all gifts received up to a total of $25,000 from now until December 1, 2020 – doubling your impact!

Making a gift to the French Cultural Center is a statement that you believe in the power of language and culture to make connections, create community and inspire global understanding. By sticking together –by donating together – we can demonstrate our deeply shared belief.

Thank you in advance for your support. Leanne and I look forward to being your partner in generosity. Stay well. Stay upbeat! The new year, with a vaccine, will be brighter. Meanwhile, I and the Center’s staff members offer you and your loved ones our very best wishes for the holiday season.

Bien à vous,
Steven Galante
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Donate

P.S. If you prefer to send in a check, please use our temporary mailing address: P.O. Box 610 Winchester, MA 01890. If you have questions, please email joyce@frenchculturalcenter.org

Related Posts

Help Support the French Cultural Center: A Message From Barbara Bouquegneau, Executive Director

"Chers amis - As this crazy year 2020 comes to an end, like many of you, I take time to pause and reflect on the dystopian year we have been having." Read more from Barbara, our Executive Director.

Read More

A Message About Bastille Day and Today

Chers amis, La fête nationale du 14 juillet symbolise un des moments les plus importants de l’histoire de France, lorsque le peuple prend la Bastille…

Read More

A Message from the French Cultural Center

The events of the past few days and demonstrations that are now being replicated worldwide touch us all. Today more than ever, the French Cultural Center asserts its commitment to its mission. We strive to inspire our diverse community of children, teens, and adults to explore, understand, and embrace today’s interconnected world. Our organizational values include respect, openness and inclusivity. We condemn racism and every form of discrimination and inequality.

Read More

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Seeking opportunities to speak French? Join us online for our popular members-only conversation gathering.

Read More
Painting Workshop

Abstract Painting Workshop

with professional Swiss abstract artist Béatrice Dauge

Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Art lovers, join us for a creative and inspiring night! Our professional abstract artist, Béatrice Dauge will show you how to spontaneously create little abstract color drawings that you will be proud to put on your walls.

Read More
Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:15 AM To 12:15 PM

Art lovers, families, walkers, join us for a fun, entertaining, and educational walking tour of deCordova Sculpture Park in French!

Read More