In 1939, and after a long intellectual and spiritual process, Armand Marquiset decided to dedicate his life to the poor. This project was carried out in 1946 with the creation in France of the association of les petits frères des Pauvres. He committed himself in helping elderly destitute people, to love the poorest as brothers and to help them as much as possible.
I joined François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, celebrity chef Carla Hall, CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante, and culturally-minded Washingtonians at the Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the non-profit with an intimate wine tasting and seated dinner.
Les petits frères des Pauvres France created the American Fund of the little brothers of the Poor to support Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly American network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Participating restaurants included Ris, Blacksalt, Bastille, and L’Académie de Cuisine. Guests perused beautiful luxury silent auction items while tasting hors d’oeuvres and sampling wines before heading to the dining room to hear more about the organization.
The action of the les petits frères des Pauvres is still achieved today around fundamental values of respect and brotherhood. Volunteers and staff offer a long term accompaniment to allow people to rebuild their lives, to weave relational networks and to be released from their isolation.