PARTNER EVENT: Luke Russert, Look for Me There

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 11:30am

The Center for HOPE is pleased to welcome Emmy-winning journalist and best-selling author Luke Russert as the speaker for its 2023 Annual Luncheon.  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton.

Russert served as an NBC News correspondent from 2008 to 2016, where he primarily covered American politics on NBC Nightly News, Today, and MSNBC.  After leaving media, Russert embarked on a three year, six continent travel expedition that took him to nearly seventy countries.  During that time, he was able to reflect on the loss of his father, Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press, and how it had shaped his life.  Russert's first book, "Look for Me There" details his deeply personal journey.

The 2023 Annual Luncheon celebrates the 30th anniversary of the The Den for Grieving Kids.  Since 1993, The Den has provided a safe, caring place for children, teens and families to explore their feelings about the loss of a parent, sibling or other family member and begin the journey toward healing.  Services are offered at no cost, and groups are facilitated in Greenwich and within several schools across Fairfield County.

At the event, Family Centers will present the Junior League of Greenwich and Greenwich Country Day School with the Ray of HOPE Award for their roles in establishing The Den.  The Junior League founded the Den in 1993 and ran it for three years before asking Family Centers to take it on as one of its programs.  Greenwich Country Day School generously donated meeting space and gave The Den a home during its first three years.   

Proceeds from the 2023 Center for HOPE Luncheon will benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids, Family Centers’ programs offering bereavement and critical illness support. 

Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities are available now.  All attendees will receive a copy of Luke's debut novel, "Look for Me There".


This year's event is co-chaired by Janet ClingErin Gaudreau, Ashley Reid and Emily Stern

For more information, please contact Development Manager Nupsie-flore Exantus at

Look for Me There: Grieving My Father, Finding Myself By Luke Russert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780785291817
Published: Harper Horizon - May 2nd, 2023

Event address: 
Wee Burn Beach Club
Darien, CT 06820-4127