Maria Shriver Wows Crowd of 350 at Center for HOPE Luncheon
On March 1, Emmy Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Maria Shriver shared her thoughts and reflections on how to live a happy and productive life at the 2018 Center for HOPE Luncheon. The event was held at the Country Club of Darien.
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In a discussion moderated by News 12 Connecticut Health Reporter Gillian Neff, Shriver discussed the value of therapy, relationships and lessons she’s learned as a member of the famed Kennedy family and a former First Lady of California. She used themes outlined in her new book, “I’ve Been Thinking…”, to emphasize her points.
“Sometimes people think that in a setting like this you don’t have any problems,” Shriver told an audience of nearly 350. “I’ve met a lot of successful businessmen and business women who are really miserable, who have no concept of how to deal with emotional pain, no concept of how to deal with failure, and completely warped concepts of power and success. Being able to talk about grief and stuff that happens is a really great ability.”
Released on Feb. 27, “I’ve Been Thinking…” includes quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to help readers find the wisdom, guidance, encouragement and inspiration they need to lead a more meaningful life. In the book, Shriver also shares tales from her own life, including the guidance her mother gave her, how it felt to send her youngest off to college and what she has learned about handling life’s many curveballs.
The 2018 Center for HOPE Luncheon was co-chaired by Lauren Caffray, Jan Dilenschneider and Nancy Fazzinga. All proceeds from the event benefitted 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.
Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 2,500 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families. Visit www.familycenters.org or www.facebook.com/familycentersinc for additional information.