Greenwich residents help celebrate 15 years of Orphans International Worldwide

Susie De Rafelo and Jan Ivarsson of Greenwich celebrated 15 years of Orphans International Worldwide with a seaside garden party on Sept. 20, at the home of Karin and Lennart Mengwall in Tokeneke Conn. The garden party was the final event of the Orphans International Worldwide national fund and awareness raising campaign of the summer of 2015.

It featured Jim Luce, founder of Orphans International Worldwide and the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation. Jim Luce, who authors the Stewardship Report and its corresponding column in the Huffington Post, is funneling all proceeds from this event to Next Generation Nepal, a United States based charity that works to reform orphanage practices in Nepal. Conor Grennan, author of Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal and founder of Next Generation Nepal, represented the organization at the event.

Susie De Rafelo organized this event to raise funds and awareness for these organizations, and in keeping with the work of The Stewardship Report: Connecting Goodness, invited others in the area to participate. Ms. De Rafelo is a humanitarian field-worker as well as the founder of Hands In, a company dedicated to providing a fair trade marketplace for goods produced by indigenous cultures the world over and S-3 Works, a sustainability consulting concern.

Local charities were represented by Wendell Minnick of Greenwich, co-founder of the Amoris Foundation; Ronnie Maher of Norwalk, founder of NicaPhoto; Lynn Yen of Greenwich, founder of The Foundation for the Preservation of Classical Culture; Dr. Danielle Duret of New York, Advisor to Uni Haiti and Ellen Picard of Greenwich who serves on the board of the Friends of the Byram-Shubert Library.

Generous business sponsors included The Drawing Room (Cos Cob), Old Greenwich Fine Wines & Spirits, and the Darien Garden Centre.

Lynne-Marie Paquette of New York, Jan Ivarsson of Greenwich, Nicole Zahour of Rye, Mangala Weerasakera of Sri Lanka and Lennart Mengwall of Darien.

Lynne-Marie Paquette of New York, Jan Ivarsson of Greenwich, Nicole Zahour of Rye, Mangala Weerasakera of Sri Lanka and Lennart Mengwall of Darien.

Ronnie Maher of Nicaragua, Susie De Rafelo of Greenwich, Wendell Minnick of Greenwich and Jim Luce of New York.

Ronnie Maher of Nicaragua, Susie De Rafelo of Greenwich, Wendell Minnick of Greenwich and Jim Luce of New York.

Susie De Rafelo of Greenwich addressing the guests.

Susie De Rafelo of Greenwich addressing the guests.

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