Maryse Burgot tells member of the Alliance de Francaise de Washington her experience when covering the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti
"When we arrived in Haiti it was really something special that you will never forget," Burgot told members of the Alliance Francaise de Washington, a French cultural and social group, on Monday night.
"They were dead but there were also thousands that were so badly injured and there were no doctors," she said. "I had never seen that before in my career."
The Alliance-sponsored fundraiser was made up of Francophiles who want to raise funds specifically for Doctors Without Borders in order to get medical attention to thousands of Haitians who are still suffering.
The group partnered with District restaurants and nightclubs and raised more than $10,000 in a silent auction that featured concert tickets to the 9:30 Club and the 24th annual International Film Festival in D.C.
"There is a very special relation between the French and the Americans, " said Laurent Mellier, executive director of the Alliance. "It's a very passionate relationship. And when you're in a city like Washington, D.C., which is so open minded and so internationally oriented, it makes being French very pleasant.
"And tonight is proof that we can do great things because we are working with American partners."