Thursday, June 6, 2019

Caring Causes: Adopt a Saint Germain Star

Supporters of preserving the world’s most meaningful architecture now have their chance to see their loved one’s “name in the stars” thanks to a group of Americans who are rallying together with their Parisian counterparts to save the city’s oldest church: Saint Germain des Prés.
  • Adopt a Saint Germain Star™ - Donors may go online today and adopt one or more of the hundreds of stars in the church’s ancient, vaulted ceilings.
  • These stars are a major part of the restoration effort, and the interactive map showing donors’ names will be displayed on-site at the church when restoration is completed.
  • There are more than 800 stars currently available. Donations will directly impact the preservation of this historic structure and its beautiful celestial ceiling.
  • Each star is numbered and, when adopted – such as to celebrate a recent graduate or as a Father’s Day gift – patrons will receive documentation of the star’s newly attributed identity so they have a permanent record of their gift to share. 
About American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés: American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fund the restoration of Paris' oldest church. The foundation works with its French counterparts at The Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Foundation to garner donations in the pursuit of preserving history. Visit

About David Sheppe: David Sheppe has enjoyed a long career in international banking and now works as a financial and risk management consultant. It was while living in Paris in the 1980s that he first took an interest in the church of Saint Germain des Prés, and he has been a frequent visitor ever since. From 2013 to 2016, he was once again a Paris resident, and it was then that he became acquainted with the work of the “Fonds de Dotation,” the Paris-based fundraising arm for renovating the church. Following his return to the US in 2016, David did volunteer work for the US-based American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés, before joining its board in 2017. He is now leading the charge on the current Adopt A Saint Germain Star™ Campaign in the United States. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University. He resides in southwest Connecticut. 

About Brian Smith: Brian W. Smith is an acknowledged expert in bank regulation and regulatory transactions involving complex, interindustry, or first impression issues as well as payment systems/products and financial product development and distribution. Brian serves as director and treasurer of American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés and has over 45 years of experience as a senior executive in an international financial services company, as a senior federal bank regulator, and as a senior partner in a multinational law firm. During this period, he has been associated with many of the major developments in financial services. Brian is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and St. John's University (BA and JD). He resides in Gulfstream, Florida. 

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