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The Comité Tricolore created the VICTOR OBADIA HUMANITARIAN TROPHY in memory of our first President.
For more than forty years, Victor Obadia worked tirelessly to introduce French culture, co-founded numerous non-profit organizations to build relationships in the French and American communities, and raised funds for those in need in the Washington, D.C. area.
This trophy will be presented to an outstanding individual to honor their achievements, benevolent actions and principles of generosity and compassion.
The Victor Obadia Humanitarian Trophy will be presented by the President of the Comité Tricolore to the selected laureate at an Award Ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C..
The laureate will also be recognized in an official announcement that will appear in the Comité Tricolore’s newsletter. In addition to recognizing this outstanding individual, the Comité Tricolore hopes this award will encourage others to serve their community.
Victor Obadia was the first importer of coffee, espresso machines and French fine goods in the DC area. The unique design of the trophy pays homage to Victor Obadia’s career and incorporates his initials: the shape of the cup is a V and the handle is an O. Sharing a cup of coffee is a symbol of sharing and community. (Design: J-P Krukowicz; manufactured by LR-Paris)
The applicant must be:
• A French humanitarian living in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania region whose benevolent actions serve either his/her local community OR a humanitarian of any nationality supporting the French or French-American community
• A reliable, and discreet individual acting with humility
• An individual recognized by her/his peers for her/his generosity and ethics.
NB: Members of the Comité Tricolore or their immediate families are not eligible for nomination.
The Nomination Process
If you know of an individual who meets the above criteria, we invite you to submit an application by September 30, 2023.
All applications will be evaluated by the Comité Tricolore’s Victor Obadia Trophy Subcommittee. This subcommittee will make a recommendation to all members of the Comité Tricolore who will vote to select the year’s laureate of the Victor Obadia Trophy.
Please help us share this wonderful opportunity with friends and acquaintances who may know anyone who would meet our criteria. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Mrs Anne Stein-Schneider was the Victor Obadia Humanitarian Trophy laureate in 2022
The 2022 Victor Obadia Humanitarian Trophy was awarded to Anne Stein-Schneider by the president of the Comité Tricolore at the French Embassy on December 12,2022. She has served the French community in Washington, DC enthusiastically with her whole heart for the past 60 years.
Marie-Yasmine Auclert was the Victor Obadia Humanitarian Trophy laureate in 2021.
The 2021 Victor Obadia Humanitarian Trophy was awarded to Marie-Yasmine Auclert by the president of the Comité Tricolore at the French Embassy on November 2, 2021. Marie, was rewarded for her voluntary work for three different organizations: GRE (Groupe Reflexion Ecoute), Washington Accueil Association’s Charity Club and Mayan Hands-Guatemala.