Children ‘Bloom’ At Old Westbury Gardens

Guests convened at Old Westbury Gardens to raise funds for Children In Bloom. (Photos by Arien Dijkstra)

Old Westbury Gardens recently hosted its eighth annual Children In Bloom champagne luncheon to benefit children’s educational and environmental programs, as well as to honor trustee Laureen Stanton Knutsen, a philanthropist and longtime board member at Old Westbury Gardens.

Former cohost of Fox 5 Good Day New York Greg Kelly was on hand as guest speaker and through raffles and generous donations, the event was able to raise $50,000 for the children it serves.

Youngsters benefit from Children In Bloom through educational and environmental initiatives.
Council chair Joan Hope MacNaughton with guestbspeaker Greg Kelly
Children In Bloom council chair Joan Hope MacNaughton, Frank Castagna, owner of Americana Manhasset, Angela Susan Anton
Many charming pieces were up for raffle at the luncheon.

The Gardens’ education programs include Listen Up! Storybook Strolls, Make Up! Maker Projects Drop-In Crafts and more. These events support children’s creativity and foster an increased understanding of nature and historic traditions.

The event was made possible by Americana Manhasset, Peter Duffy Furs New York and Sterling Affair, as well as guests and friends of the Gardens.

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