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The LVMH Dîner des Maisons Engagées – “Committed Maisons Dinner” – took place this year on December 11th. Organized annually for the past seven years, the dinner spotlights the social solidarity commitments of the LVMH Group and its Maisons. Hosted by Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies and Toni Belloni, LVMH Group Managing Director, the event brought together some thirty LVMH Maisons, joined by prominent personalities and representatives of non-profit organizations to raise funds for a cause supported by LVMH since 2011, the fight against sickle cell anemia.
LVMH has since 2011 provided financial support for Robert-Debré children’s hospital and the team led by Professor André Baruchel and Dr. Malika Benkerrou, which spearheads research on sickle cell anemia and ways to improve treatment for children suffering from this hereditary genetic disease. Extremely widespread around the world, sickle cell anemia affects five million people. Each year an estimated 250,000 children are born with the disease, which remains incurable.
“The Dîner des Maisons engagées is a great way for LVMH to reaffirm its commitments to many causes that the Group and its Maisons support throughout the year as part of their CSR strategy. This year we are delighted to honor the remarkable achievements of the Robert-Debré Hospital research center. For this seventh edition of our dinner we also want to celebrate the work of French charity Secours populaire to aid women who face difficulties, designated as our special cause this year” said Chantal Gaemperle.
LVMH also supports the Secours populaire’s efforts to help women in vulnerable situations. Thanks to the partnership between LVMH and Secours populaire, the first edition of an event called Une Journée pour Soi – “A Day All Your Own” – was organized in six French cities. Four hundred women in Secours populaire programs were treated to a special day last spring, giving them a respite from their challenging daily lives and an opportunity to regain self-confidence and look to a positive future.
This seventh edition of the dinner raised 300,000 euros as LVMH accelerated its support for Robert-Debré Hospital. Since the beginning of the partnership LVMH has donated over a million euros to the hospital. In addition, 50,000 euros was raised this year to support a special cause, the Secours populaire program to help women living in vulnerable situations.
During the evening, moderated by Radio Classique commentator David Abiker, three initiatives by LVMH Maisons were singled out from among the many actions by the Group’s 75 Maisons: Louis Vuitton’s partnership with UNICEF, an initiative to support employment for people with disabilities by LVMH Maisons in Italy, and the Sephora Stands program in the United States.
The LVMH Dîner des Maisons engagées was a moment of sharing in a fun, convivial ambiance, with performances by the singing duo Brigitte, as well as the Sankofa Unit Urban Choir, who invited the guests to sing in harmony. The upbeat entertainment proved a perfect way to cap a year of active social solidarity across the LVMH Group.