Last week I traveled to New York to host the 4th annual Women Who Make a Difference awards dinner alongside Town&Country Magazine and my partner Longines. It was my honor to highlight and celebrate the 3 honorees of this year’s awards: Saran Kaba-Jones, Founder of FACE Africa which tackles the dire need for clean, safe drinking water in Africa; Liz Ferro, Founder & Executive Director of GIRLS WITH SOLE which helps raise self-esteem through fitness and wellness programs to young girls who have been the victim of abuse; Dr. Pam Cantor, Founder and CEO of TURNAROUND FOR CHILDREN which addresses the profound influence of adversity and trauma on a child‘s ability to learn and helps schools create a positive leaning environment. The extraordinary stories and achievements of these women were a great inspiration to me and touched everyone in the room. The next morning we celebrated the 180th year of watch making for Longines at a meet and greet in the prestigious Tourneau Time Machine Boutique in downtown New York.
After a brief day of rest I traveled to Cologne to visit to my longtime partner Teekanne to celebrate the opening of a Tea Lounge at the Museum of Design (MAKK). I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy a glass of tea in the modern atmosphere of the museum and following the opening took a tour of the exhibits.
The next day we got a chance to tour the Teekanne-production facility in Dusseldorf. During our tour we were given an interesting insight into the making of the tea – from the raw plant to blending, packaging and shipping.
Now I look forward to being home in time to celebrate the birthdays of my children and to welcome autumn with a little bit of tennis. On October 16th my husband, Elton John, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and I will play in the 20th annual Smash Hits charity match in Pittsburgh for the World Team Tennis – should be an entertaining evening in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.