The Special Events Committee cordially invites you

26th fall luncheon 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

11:30am – 2pm


Featured Speaker


Martha Stewart


Martha Stewart is the Founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, an entrepreneur, bestselling author of 95 lifestyle books to date and Emmy award winning television show host. Reaching more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books, and products for the home, sold at multiple retail and online outlets, Martha is the “go-to” source for the homemaker. She and her talented staff provide trusted, timely, and useful information on all aspects of everyday living: cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings and pet care. Martha expects to continue expanding her brand into travel, online sales, new product categories, international partnerships and additional television programming.



Chair, Captain Planet Foundation

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has worked worldwide for 28 years to activate generations of environmentally literate children empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. In 2004, she co-founded and is board chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air.

Laura lives with her husband, Rutherford, in Atlanta. Two of their children also live in Atlanta and continue their family’s work in sustainability; their youngest attends university in Los Angeles. The Seydels’ home, EcoManor, was the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.


Former Board Member, The Horticultural Society of New York

Sheila Stephenson began a career in real estate, but left the industry to devote her time to fundraising for charities that benefit local communities. She has previously served on the Boards of the Midland School in New Jersey for 7 years, the Adirondack Museum for 9 years, The Hort for 16 years, and the Grosvenor Neighborhood House for 17 years. Her skills in special events and growing a non-profit’s audience has allowed her to deliver engaging experiences for organizations like PBS, where she co-chaired their gala in New Jersey. Sheila also considers volunteering an important part of her life and spent 5 years as a member of the Judith Garden Flower Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she taught patients how to make their own flower arrangements. Her love for flowers and a hobby in gardening attracted her to The Hort and its mission to bring people closer to nature and its benefits.

Sheila and her husband, George, have lived in the Upper East Side for almost 40 years and have a son, Matthew. They also own a camp on Spitfire Lake in the Adirondacks and a home in Bernardsville, NJ; the latter is well-known for being landscaped by Nelva Weber, who studied under Frederick Law Olmsted.


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