Mariel Hemingway to Headline Annual Center for HOPE Luncheon

mariel hemingwayActress Mariel Hemingway will speak at the Center for HOPE’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, April 8.  The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Country Club of Darien.

The Academy Award-nominated actress is best known for roles in such films as Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Personal Best and Woody Allen’s Manhattan, for which she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979.  She is also the author of several self-help books.

In her new memoir, Out Came The Sun, Hemingway shares in candid detail the story of her troubled childhood in a famous family haunted by depression, alcoholism, illness and suicide.  She also reveals her painful struggle to stay sane as the youngest child in her family, and how she coped with the chaos by becoming OCD and obsessive about her food, schedule and organization.

The 2015 Center for HOPE Luncheon is co-chaired by Heather Pech of Darien, Terri Walker of Rowayton and Barbara Epifanio of Darien.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers’ programs offering counseling and support to residents of lower Fairfield County coping with a loss, a critical illness or life-altering circumstance.

Tickets start at $125, and a copy of Hemingway’s book will be included with each ticket purchase.  Several exciting sponsorship opportunities – which include a semi-private reception with Hemingway – are also available.  For information and tickets, visit or call 203-869-4848.

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 3,000 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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