Rural Intelligence, Tea for Two Hundred
Rural Intelligence, Tea for Two Hundred

History of  Tea for Two Hundred

In 1997 Gael Hammer, along with Ted Hine and John Trainor, instituted Tea for Two Hundred as a memorial to Gael's partner Timothy Mawson and as a way to raise funds for AIDS awareness and other charities in western Connecticut. In 2001, Gael's new partner, Gary Goodwin, became involved in Tea for Two Hundred. This year the proceeds will benefit the Gunn Historical Museum and Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury.

Now in its 20th year, the event held at the beautiful gardens of Gael Hammer and Gary Goodwin is widely considered one of Litchfield County's major social events of the season and draws hundreds of participants. Tea for Two Hundred has generated net proceeds approaching $1 Million for area organizations.

About Gunn Historical Museum

The mission of the Gunn Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, and share the objects and stories which illuminate the history of Washington. A part of Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. since 1908, our beginnings date back to 1899 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) opened the Judea Historical Room. The museum has received national awards for its exhibits, conducts original research and creates educational programs for children, adults and seniors.

About Interfaith Aids Ministry

Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury, Inc. (IAM) formed in 1989, offers unconditional support services to individuals and their families infected/affected with the HIV/AIDS virus. These clients face the nutritional, physical and emotional challenges of living with this virus. IAM also provides vital educational and prevention programs that respond to the community.