Michael Bloomberg, John Legend and Glenn Close to Join Town & Country's Fourth Annual Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017

Top Thought Leaders Will Discuss the Most Pressing Issues of the Moment Including Climate Change, Refugee Crisis, Criminal Justice Reform and Mental Illness -- and How Private Philanthropists Can Make the Most Impact; #TandCPhilanthropy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 03, 2017) - Town & Country announced Michael Bloomberg, John Legend, Glenn Close and more will participate in its fourth annual Philanthropy Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Taking place at Hearst Tower, this invitation-only event will tackle hot-topic issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform, mental health, the global refugee crisis and the importance of philanthropy as a family value.

The 2017 Summit coincides with the magazine's June/July T&C 50 Philanthropy issue (on sale nationwide May 16), which will feature Michael Bloomberg, John Legend and Cate Blanchett on three separate covers. The issue highlights a venerable group of 50 academics, business tycoons, entertainers, political leaders and tech giants who are currently shifting the philanthropic landscape.

"Now in its fourth year, this is our most ambitious and exciting Philanthropy Summit to date," said Stellene Volandes, editor in chief of Town & Country. "I can't think of a better time in our nation's history to highlight a group of individuals dedicated to helping others, and we hope that both the Summit audience and our readers can be moved to realize that we all can make a difference."

Michael Bloomberg will kick off the day with a keynote address on climate change and the responsibility to improve the world around us. NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden will moderate a discussion on The Case for Arts Philanthropy with Sarah Jones, Oskar Eustis and Elaine Wynn, followed by a live interview with the grandchildren of Elizabeth Taylor, together for a rare public appearance, to share how they are continuing their grandmother's philanthropic legacy. Jerry Storch, chief executive officer of Hudson's Bay Company, and president of HBC Foundation, will introduce a panel on mental illness featuring Glenn Close. ABC News Anchor David Muir will lead a panel discussion on the global refugee crisis that includes David Miliband and Zosia Mamet. Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, a champion of Wellness in the Schools, is catering the lunch, which will feature John Legend in conversation on criminal justice reform with former White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

The T&C Philanthropy Summit is presented by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Title Sponsor), HBC Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Frédérique Constant and The TreadRight Foundation.

"Town & Country's Philanthropy Summit celebrates thoughtful leaders across varied fields upholding a deep commitment to giving back," said Jennifer Levene Bruno, Town & Country VP/publisher and chief revenue officer. "We are grateful to our sponsors who help underscore our annual event highlighting the importance of philanthropy in our world today."

Attendees of the Philanthropy Summit will also have the opportunity to experience the Tribeca Film Festival's Virtual Reality (VR) Arcade with a special viewing of The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger's Shoes, a new virtual reality short film from director Kathryn Bigelow and VR creator Imraan Ismail. The eight-minute film highlights the African elephants' race toward extinction at the hands of ivory-seeking poachers.

Full lineup includes (in order of appearance):

  • Michael Bloomberg -- U.N. Secretary General Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and former mayor of New York City
  • Sally O'Brien -- The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Cynthia McFadden -- NBC News Correspondent
  • Sarah Jones --Tony Award-winning performer and writer
  • Oskar Eustis -- Artistic Director, The Public Theater
  • Elaine Wynn -- Philanthropist and Los Angeles County Museum of Art board co-chair
  • Evan Beard -- National Art Services Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
  • Charlotte Jones Anderson -- EVP, Dallas Cowboys and Chairman, Salvation Army's National Advisory Board
  • Elizabeth Taylor's Grandchildren: Eliza Carlson, Finn McMurray, Rhys Tivey, Quinn Tivey, Laela Wilding, Naomi Wilding, and Tarquin Wilding -- The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
  • Jerry Storch -- CEO, Hudson's Bay Company, and President, HBC Foundation
  • Perri Peltz -- Journalist, filmmaker
  • Glenn Close -- Actress and co-founder, Bring Change 2 Mind
  • Michael Porath -- CEO, The Mighty
  • Dr. Lloyd Sederer -- Chief Medical Officer, The New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Courtenay Cabot Venton -- International development economist
  • Sandra Uwiringiyimana -- Jimbere Fund
  • David Muir -- Author, Anchor of ABC World News Tonight
  • David Miliband -- President & CEO, International Rescue Committee
  • Zosia Mamet -- Actress and ambassador, War Child USA
  • Chef Michael Anthony -- Head Chef, Gramercy Tavern
  • Ann Limberg -- Head of Philanthropic and Family Office Solutions, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
  • John Legend -- Singer, actor, and founder of #FreeAmerica
  • Valerie Jarrett -- former White House senior advisor

For more information on the summit, visit TownandCountrymag.com and follow along at #TandCPhilanthropy


Town & Country (www.townandcountrymag.com) has chronicled American life since 1846, always putting an emphasis on people of style and accomplishment who give something back to the world, whether in service, philanthropy or creative endeavor. Combining the highest level of reporting with the very best photography, Town & Country is an acute observer of the broader social landscape, documenting notable weddings and parties, chronicling the pastimes and passions of leading figures and families everywhere, and casting an anthropological eye on the lives of the rich and powerful. The magazine is a trusted source of privileged information, taste and unpretentious fun -- in short, an irreplaceable guide to the very best that the world has to offer. Follow Town & Country on Twitter at @TandCMag.


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