For Immediate Release
American Friends of British Art
February 20, 2010
(Photography by Lucien Capehart)
“Lord Raynham’s Tea Party”
Lord Thomas Townshend was a well-received substitute for his father, The Viscount Raynham, in hosting a lecture and tea party to benefit American Friends of British Art (AFBA). AFBA’s founder and president, Dr. Michael Ridgdill, introduced the young English lord, who hails from two of Britain’s oldest aristocratic families and is heir to his grandfather’s four hereditary titles. The Viscount Raynham is Patron of AFBA. Attendees enjoyed a visual presentation of the Townshend family history and of their magnificent private art collection, while being reminded of the importance of supporting AFBA. The event was held in a private salon at the Palm Beach County Convention Center during the 2010 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.
Famed interior designer William R. Eubanks and his design partner Mitchell Brown served as Design Sponsor for the event, transforming the tea party salon into a regal “Palm Court” setting of antique Chinese porcelain, enormous potted palms, and various royal and noble portraits adorning the walls.
The tea party was presented by U.S. Trust and Bank of America Private Wealth Management, with additional sponsorship provided by Smith and Moore Architects and South Florida Financial Services, LLC.
Founded in 2003, American Friends of British Art is a 501c3 charity whose mission is to fund the restoration and preservation of historic art and architecture in Great Britain. Since their founding, AFBA has helped with the restoration of several projects in England and Scotland, and are currently seeking assistance in helping to fund the restoration of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is the resting place of William Shakespeare. Donations made through AFBA are tax-deductible.
Information: 561.687.3394 or http://americanfriendsofbritishart.com/