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Hemingway Talks Of Struggles At Luncheon For Darien's Center For HOPE

Mariel Hemingway was the guest speaker at a luncheon for the Center for HOPE of Darien at the Country Club of Darien in April Photo Credit: Contributed
Center for HOPE Luncheon Co-chairs (l-r) with Mariel Hemingway (2nd from right): Heather Pech, Barbara Epifanio and Terri Walker. Photo Credit: Contributed
Mariel Hemingway talks at the luncheon. Photo Credit: Contributed
Left to right, Teresa Sarno, Ellen Heinbach, Carol Cram, Marge Berkley and Jane Aronne. Photo Credit: Contributed
Lucy Ball, Stephanie Ahl and Dana Sulger. Photo Credit: Contributed
Family Centers’ Board Chairman Tom Ashforth and Mariel Hemingway. Photo Credit: Contributed
Joan Howard and Anna Steiner. Photo Credit: Contributed
Terri Walker and Joy Hoffman. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Actress Mariel Hemingway talked about her family's tragedies and her emotional burden associated with her famous family’s struggles during remarks at the Center for HOPE luncheon at the Country Club of Darien.

Hemingway said her family’s tragedies were instrumental in shaping her own life. Along with the suicides of her grandfather, Ernest, and sister, Margaux, Mariel Hemingway also dealt with her own obsessive behavior.

“We all have a story and when we do tell our story, we can find a place with people we can trust,” she told an audience of more than 200 at the Country Club of Darien earlier this month.  “It’s the beginning of getting proper health.”

In her new book, “Out Came the Sun,” Hemingway speaks candidly about her dysfunctional upbringing. Though often tragic, Hemingway aims to use her story of survival to show that positivity and balance can be attained. As a result of her family’s struggles, Hemingway has become an outspoken advocate for those coping with mental illnesses.

The luncheon, co-chaired by Barbara Epifanio of Darien, Heather Pech of Darien and Terri Walker of Rowayton, raised more than $100,000 for the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers’ critical illness and bereavement support programs.

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. It is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families.

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