French Heritage Society

Preservationist and urban designer Ronald Lee Fleming was the guest of honor at the annual Palm Beach Dinner of the French Heritage Society.


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The event took place Feb. 12 at Club Colette.


Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou were chairmen for the evening, which began with cocktails and conversation in the tented courtyard.


After cocktails, the sold-out crowd moved into the dining room for dinner and the recognition of the honoree.


Fleming, a Newport resident, was honored for his achievements in preservation advocacy and urban planning and design.


His philanthropic work to support initiatives to beautify and improve communities led Newport, R.I. to proclaim “Ron Fleming Day.”


The proclamation noted that Fleming “is a recognized authority in the role of art in creating vibrant, livable places, adding luster to Newport’s worldwide reputation as a showcase of art and architecture.”


The evening continued with dessert and dancing.


Martin and Jean Shafiroff were co-chairman and co-chairwoman.


Liz McDermott-Barnes, CeCe Black, Paula Butler, Sarah Page and Kelly Williams were dinner chairwomen, with Ben Barnes, Lee Black, Bob Butler, Chips Page, Thomas Warren Thaler and Andrew Forsyth serving as dinner chairmen.


More than 125 people attended including Laurent Gallissot, the recently appointed consul Ggeneral of France in Miami, with Camille Langlois; FHS’ Palm Beach representative Suzanne Stoll; board chairman Elizabeth Stribling and her husband, New York chapter co-chairman Guy Robinson; FHS President Denis de Kergorlay; Executive Director Jennifer Herlein; board member Gurnee Hart and his wife, Marjorie; as well as Bess Ames, Stuart and Alixandra Baker, Caroline Bassett, Geoffrey Bradfield, Carole Brookins, Suzanne Mott Dansby, Bill and Regine Diamond, Anne Fitzpatrick, Annette Friedland, Lou Hammond, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Jane and Peter Hill, Nicole Hirsch, Patrick Murphy, Denise-Marie Nieman, Ava Roosevelt, Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Sherri Stephenson, Pascal and Lynn Tone, Michel Witmer, James Verran and Maureen Woodward.


Proceeds from the Palm Beach Gala Dinner assist the French Heritage Society’s mission preserve French architectural and cultural heritage for future generations.