Mike Bloomberg, Geoff Canada, Donna Karan and More Join Town & Country for Inaugural Philanthropy Summit May 28

Michael R. Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Hunter Biden and More Join Town & Country Editor in Chief Jay Fielden for a Day of Groundbreaking Discussion on the Subject of Giving

Summit Kicks Off on May 27 With Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the Premiere of ‘Generosity of Eye,’ the Story of William Louis-Dreyfus’ Art Collection and the Plan to Support the Harlem Children’s Zone

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 12.43.06 PMTown & Country will present the magazine’s first-ever Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower in New York City on May 28. The Summit gathers the country’s most passionate philanthropists and visionary leaders of charitable organizations, including Michael R. Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Hunter Biden, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Lauren Bush Lauren and Geoffrey Canada, for a day of thought-provoking discussions on topics including Education, World Hunger, Philanthropy & Technology, Global Responsibility and Medical Research.

The Summit kicks off on the evening of May 27 with a screening of the documentary Generosity of Eye at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Directed by Brad Hall, the film is the very personal tale of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovering how her father’s passions for art, justice and education collide in a single act of generosity that will benefit Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone. Generosity of Eye is produced by Hall, Louis-Dreyfus and Julie R. Snyder.

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 12.45.39 PMOn May 28, some of the brightest lights in charitable giving will convene at the Hearst Tower for a series of dynamic panel discussions and workshops. Lunch will be prepared by Bill Telepan, chef/restauranteur and executive chef of Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthier. Following the meal, Jay Fielden will lead a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, focusing on her role as vice chair of the Clinton Family Foundation.

Participants include:

  • Hunter Biden for the World Food Program USA, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger;
  • Donna Karan, designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation, which works to raise awareness and inspire change through the integration of Eastern modalities and Western practices in healthcare and education, as well as the preservation of artisan cultures throughout the world;
  • Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit organization providing free support in the form of parenting workshops, pre-school programs, three public charter schools and child-oriented health programs for thousands of poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem to eradicate the cycle of generational poverty;
  • Jacob Lief, co-founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a grassroots, nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive household stability, health and education services to vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, helping them break cycles of poverty and disenfranchisement;
  • Dr. Steven T. Rosen, provost and chief scientific officer of City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

For full programming details and speaker biographies please visit Philanthropy.townandcountrymag.com. The site will also serve as a resource for individuals to make charitable donations to the organizations participating in the Summit.

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Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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