Raising the bar once again on charity fundraising, Becca Cason Thrash has scored an entertainment coup for her Liaisons au Louvre II benefit in Paris in June with announcement that six-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Janet Jackson will perform.
With more than 100 million records sold worldwide, Jackson will privately entertain the intimate gathering of 250 notables attending the Grand Nuit, the finale of a three-day Paris extravaganza benefiting the vaunted museum. The tony frolic is organized under the auspices of the American and International Friends of the Louvre, of which Cason Thrash is vice chair. The June 13 performance evening will take place under the patronage of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In a published statement, Henri Loyrette, Louvre president and director, said, "Janet Jackson is one of the world's greatest artistic treasures. Accordingly, we are profoundly honored, and believe it is most fitting, that her performance in the Louvre Museum will be yet another masterpiece captured under our glorious glass Pyramid (the iconic Louvre addition designed by I.M. Pei). I believe the evening with Janet Jackson will be a great coup for our institution!"
Funds raised from the evening and surrounding activities ($10,000 per person for visitors from outside of France) will help restore a Louis XV drawing room that will be featured in the Louvre's 18th century decorative arts galleries, which will reopen in 2013.
In June 2008, Cason Thrash stood European fundraising on its ear with the inaugural Liaisons au Louvre that raised $2.7 million and stood as a first for the museum in terms of private fundraising on such a scale.
Notables from around the world are expected to attend the upcoming event which enjoys an international committee that includes U.S. Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, Prince Amyn Aga Kahn, Hubert Guerrand-Hermes and many more such as Yves Saint Laurent's Stefano Pilati and Roberta Armani.
Christopher Forbes, chairman of the American and International Friends of the Louvre will also be on hand for the black-tie dinner evening and surrounding festivities.
Jackson rarely performs in such intimate surroundings. The singer recently performed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo before nearly 70,000.