Behind Every Successful Event is a Strong Chairperson.

Josane and John CalvertInternational House hosted one of the season's most anticipated events - the 22nd Annual Benefit Gala on the October 16, 2010 at Hilton Charlotte Center City. The festive and fun-filled evening celebrated Japan - Its Beauty and Culture and included both a Silent and Live Auction, Japanese singing, playing of Taiko drums, Japanese artifacts and crafts, plus dinner and dancing. International House gratefully acknowledges its sponsors for their support.

In addition to the generous support of our sponsors, the success of our annual gala also depends on the hard work, dedication, commitment and teamwork of the entire Gala Committee, and specifically the Chair of this year's committee, Josane Calvert.

Dynamic, fun-loving, sincere, tenacious, determined, committed - all these words aptly describe Josane Calvert. Josane has been the Chair or Co-chair of the Gala Committee a couple of times, and has been instrumental in planning and executing several Galas.
 
Josane CalvertA first generation born in the US of French parents, Josane has been associated with International House for  many years. She learned about International House through a friend and became a member of Doorways, our International Women's group. Josane has donned numerous hats at International House - that of a volunteer, staff member and now a Gala committee member. When asked about what has motivated her all these years, she said "My father came from France, and when he moved to the United States, he had a friend who helped him out. So, this is my way of paying it forward and the best way I can do it is through International House and what it does for the Charlotte community."
 
It is people like Josane who have been involved with International House over the years, making us what we are today. Their support, encouragement and dedication have helped us promote diversity and culture in our community and assist immigrants most in need of our services.

Josane, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the work that you have done and continue to do for International House. "We are so very grateful!"