Upcoming benefit for the American Botanical Council

Upcoming benefit for the American Botanical Council

A fundraiser will be held in New York City on November 3 to benefit the American Botanical Council.

A tea-inspired day of fundraising will be held at the Ramscale West Village Lofts in New York City on November 3, 2011, to benefit the nonprofit herbal research and education organization, the American Botanical Council. A screening of the tea-inspired film “The Meaning of Tea” will be featured, as well as a panel discussion with special guests, including:

MarkBlumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, and the senior editor of three of ABC's books. www.herbalgram.org

Dr. Selena Ahmed is an ethnobotanist, author of over a dozen articles on tea, and co-author of Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet with photographer Michael Freeman. She is currently an NIH IRACDA postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University where she is leading a project on the impact of climate change on tea production quality and associated farmer perceptions and adaptations. This work builds on her previous research on cultural practices, biodiversity, and health properties associated with various tea production systems in the mountains of SW Yunnan, China. www.riverbooksbk.com

James Norwood Pratthas served the cause of tea around the world for thirty years as author and teacher. Instigator of America's present Tea Renaissance and our acknowledged Tea Sage, he is quite possibly the world's most widely read authority on tea and tea lore. His most recent books are JNP's Tea Dictionary and The Ultimate Tea Lover's Treasurywww.jamesnorwoodpratt.com

Letha Hadady, D.Ac. is a tea enthusiast nationally certified in acupuncture and Asian herbal medicine from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and Shanghai College of TCM. She is the author of Asian Health Secrets, Healthy Beauty. Letha has led walking tours of New York's Chinatown and Little India food/herb markets for over 20 years and taught workshops through New York Open Center, Beth Israel School of Nursing, and the Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. www.asianhealthsecrets.com

Jeff Carpenter owns and operates Zack Woods Herb Farm with his wife Melanie, who is an herbalist, where they grow and market 35 species of certified organic medicinal herbs. He is an agricultural consultant, educator, researcher, and is the co-director of the International Herb Symposium. www.zackwoodsherbs.com

Scott C. Hoyt is a filmmaker and director of The Meaning of Tea. His longtime interest in tea evolved as he studied various alternatives to orthodox modern medicine and learned that tea is one of the cornerstones of living a well-balanced life. His perspective is augmented by years of world travel, and exploration into Eastern thought. Scott is on the Board of Directors for Global Learning Across Borders, and is a member of the Director's Circle for the American Botanical Council. www.themeaningoftea.com

A schedule of events:

2:00 to 6:00 pm
-afternoon tea and book signings

6:00 to 7:00 pm
-VIP tea tasting with noteworthy tea guests  

7:00 to 9:00 pm
-an abbreviated screening of the tea-inspired film, The Meaning of Tea
-a panel discussion with our special guests, scroll below for participants
-a selection of extraordinary teas!
-herb-inspired hors d'oeuvres by Cynthia Gold, author of Culinary Tea
-wine and tea-infused cocktails crafted by Brooklyn Gin

To purchase tickets, go to http://themeaningoftea.ticketleap.com/tea-inspired-benefit/.

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