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OUT ON THE TOWN: Town & Country is finding ways to give back — with its first ever philanthropy summit. The 168-year-old magazine will hold its inaugural event at Hearst Tower on May 28 with guests including former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Hunter Biden, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan and Geoffrey Canada, among others.
“There was always that saying that if you had money, you were supposed to find a way to share it,” said Jay Fielden, the publication’s editor in chief. “It’s our job to fulfill the mission of the magazine and following interesting people doing interesting philanthropic things. At the summit we’re highlighting these very people.”
Fielden said the event was an organic process that brought the publication’s “T&C 50 Philanthropists” list to life.
“Half of the guests were already included in our T&C 50 Philanthropists list,” said Fielden of the publication’s December philanthropy issue. “We took into consideration what the causes were, and how they would be more innovative and make us unlike other summits. It’s intergenerational and solution-oriented.”
The summit will kick off on the evening of May 27 with a screening of the documentary “Generosity of Eye,” at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. The film chronicles actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovering her father William Louis-Dreyfus’ passions of art, justice and education collide through his act of selling his collection of major works of art. The proceeds from all of the sales benefited Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone.
The day of the summit will commence with a keynote address by Bloomberg, followed by four main topical discussions, including subjects like education, world hunger, philanthropy and technology, and global responsibility. At lunch, a Q&A session will commence with Fielden and Clinton.
The entire summit was put together in a matter of five months, said Jennifer Bruno, the magazine’s publisher. But the attendees will be limited. “It’s for a very ‘curated’ audience,” Bruno emphasized. 200 invitations were sent out for the event and sponsors include Fidelity Charitable, Cadillac, Harry Winston, City of Hope and Loews Regency.