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A charity gala celebrating the tenth annual Dîner des Maisons Engagées (“Committed Companies Dinner”) fundraising event took place on December 6 at the Cirque d’Hiver, hosted by Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies, and Toni Belloni, LVMH Group Managing Director. In addition to the traditional fundraising dinner – which welcomed 400 guests invited by 30 LVMH Maisons – to mark this tenth anniversary, LVMH began the evening by inviting 900 guests (employees involved in CSR initiatives, partner associations, personalities and artists) to a show created specially by choreographer Kamel Ouali to illustrate LVMH’s commitments in essential areas. Proceeds from the gala are donated to Robert Debré Hospital to support teams pursuing the fight against sickle cell anemia.
LVMH has supported Robert-Debré Hospital in Paris for the past decade, providing funding for the team headed by Professor André Baruchel and Doctor Malika Benkerrou, which spearheads research into sickle cell anemia and cares for children with this genetic blood disorder. Widespread around the world, the disease affects some 6.4 million people, and 300,000 children are born with the disorder each year. No cure has yet been found. The LVMH Committed Houses Dinner has raised nearly 1.55 million euros since the partnership was launched.
The gala also spotlighted the ongoing engagements of LVMH and its 75 Maisons through partnerships with 575 non-profits, foundations and programs, leading to concrete results each year. Over the past year, some 45.9 million euros have been invested in support of social and solidarity initiatives, in which more than 30,000 LVMH Group employees are actively involved. These initiatives have benefited 766,000 people around the world.
Kamel Ouali’s show in the Cirque d’Hiver ring, entitled “steadfast and determined”, featured Oxmo Puccino and Santa, joined by circus artists, dancers and singers spanning myriad genres. Their singular talents were bridged by a shared quest for excellence and sense of community, mirroring values that inspire LVMH. Together, they presented a series of tableaux evoking the commitments of LVMH and its Maisons around respect for the dignity and differences of all individuals (including promoting diversity and inclusion, gender equity and employment for people with disabilities), as well as passing on and perpetuating savoir-faire, and actively encouraging greater social solidarity (inclusion through employment, support for youth, entrepreneurship and aid for vulnerable populations).
“The Dîner des Maisons engagées is an opportunity for LVMH to spotlight causes which the Group and its Maisons support throughout the year as part of their corporate social responsibility engagement. To mark the tenth anniversary of this event we decided to organize a very special gala to thank all the members of LVMH whose actions transform these commitments into concrete reality. And as always, we are delighted to support the remarkable work done by the team at the Robert-Debré Hospital research center,” says Chantal Gaemperle.
After the show, the traditional LVMH Committed Houses Dinner was hosted by Radio Classique journalist David Abiker, accompanied by pianist and improviser Camille Taver. Guests had a chance to show special support for a Coup de Cœur cause, the Antoine Alléno association. Founded by chef Yannick Alléno following the tragic death of his son, the association provides moral and financial support for families following a serious accident or death, helping alleviate the stress of legal and administrative procedures they face under tragic circumstances.