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Bush granddaughter to speak at Sole Sisters luncheon in Greenwich

January 7, 2019

GREENWICH — As part of its mission, the Greenwich United Way has long helped residents who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

That mission to combat food insecurity will be the focus of the United Way’s annual Sole Sisters fundraising luncheon when it features activist and designer Lauren Bush Lauren as its keynote speaker in April.

Lauren is founder and CEO of FEED Projects, a lifestyle brand founded in 2007. FEED Projects has provided more than 103 million meals around the world to people who otherwise might not have enough to eat. At the annual fundraiser for the Greenwich United Way, Lauren will discuss FEED’s work and more.

“We’re really excited,” luncheon co-chair Grace Lockhart Djuranovic said Monday. “We think she’s going to have a really unique and interesting story to tell. She has great experience and the organization is very unique in what it does.

“She wants to provide a tangible way for people to donate and make an impact in fighting childhood hunger,” Lockhart Djuranovic said. “With the sale of each item, a direct meal donation is made to a child is made.”

Lauren, a former model and fashion designer, is the granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and the niece of former President George W. Bush. In 2011, she married David Lauren, the son of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

“The Sole Sisters are all about women stepping up to help others, which is what the United Way does through its mission to find it, fund it, fix it,” said Kirsten Riemer, luncheon co-chair. Lauren “found a problem. She found a way to fund it. And she’s fixing it. I think she perfectly ties not only to Sole Sisters, but to the Greenwich United Way.”

The mission of the Sole Sisters is to inspire philanthropic women, and Lauren “fits that mold really well,” Lockhart Djuranovic said.

The luncheon, now in its 14th year, is expected to go over the $2 million mark in total fundraising this year.

Speakers in past years have included media mogul Arianna Huffington, television commentator Gretchen Carlson and Melissa Bernstein, founder of the educational toys company Melissa & Doug.

“This dovetails really nicely with what the Greenwich United Way does,” said David Rabin, CEO of the Greenwich United Way. “She comes from a family that gives and is a young mother. This is somebody who gets it — and the ‘it’ is giving back philanthropically.”

Lauren’s FEED Projects is “done on a large scale and is helping people around the world,” Rabin said.

Sole Sisters is one of the Greenwich United Way’s biggest events of the year, raising funds to support the agency’s work to fund local nonprofits and help residents.

“It’s a big part of what we do,” Rabin said. “It’s a big percentage of our revenue source and the more people that show up, the better we can ensure that everyone in Greenwich has the opportunity to be healthy, educated and self-sufficient. That’s our vision.”

Tickets went on sale Monday for the luncheon, which starts at noon April 23 at the Greenwich Country Club. A boutique will be set up starting at 9:30 a.m. to also raise funds for the Greenwich United Way.

This year, FEED Projects will attend the boutique to sell its bags, which come in various styles, and other accessories. Part of the proceeds will go to FEED to support its efforts to combat international hunger.

For tickets and more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org/sole-sisters-luncheon.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com

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