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Saturday, August 15, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Sara Delano Roosevelt, Member of the Legacy Group

Sara Delano Roosevelt was raised in Chappaqua, New York and lived in New York City for 10+ years before getting married. Both of her sisters live in New York City and she is a frequent visitor to the Big Apple. She currently lives in Hobe Sound, Florida with her husband Pierre A. Stroh, and three sons P. Alexander Stroh (7), Clark Delano Stroh (2), and Haven Roosevelt Stroh (2).

Sara is the great-granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, and is named after FDR’s mother. Sara’s husband is the son of Peter W. Stroh, former CEO of Stroh Brewery and a founding member of Conservation International, a high-profile Washington-based group advocating environmental and social harmony. Sara has chosen the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to be her designated charity in conjunction with the Legacy Group. For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has helped kids "Be Great," providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach.

Sara has extensive knowledge and experience in the retail, marketing and licensing industries. From 1993 to 1996, she was a regional marketing merchandising coordinator at Calvin Klein, which encompasses Calvin Klein Collection, Women’s CK, Women’s CK Jeans and all Calvin Klein license products in the Northeast. From 1997 to 2004, Sara worked for MaxMara holding various merchandising positions ranging from consultant to US merchandiser. We are pleased to present her as our latest Mover and Shaker!

Peachy Deegan interviewed Sara Delano Roosevelt for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What inspired you to join the Legacy Group?
Sara Delano Roosevelt: By joining the Legacy Group I have been able merge three of my passions: children, philanthropy, and fashion.

What is your vision for the Legacy Group?
I hope the Legacy Group is able to make a sustainable positive impact on all of the designated charities.

What was the best part of working at Calvin Klein?
The best part of working at CK was constantly be surrounded by creative, inspired, and intelligent people.

What is the most fun thing about being a Roosevelt?
Spending time with my family.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
As a mother, my mother. In business, Gabriella Forte, former COO of CK and President of D&G.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan?
The UN Garden when the cherry trees are in bloom.

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan?
Bergdorf Goodman

What is your favorite drink?
Diet Coke or my cousins Pinot Noir T.R. Elliott

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
"21". MINE TOO !!!!

What is your favorite Manhattan book?

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience?
Watching my sister Wendy finish the Marathon.

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else?
The culture, the people, the excitement, the style....

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience?
Taking son Alex to the Museum of Natural History for the first time and seeing it through his eyes.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Underrated: how great New Yorkers are! Overrated: Enough resources necessary to give children an equal chance at succeeding and achieving their goals.

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
Charitable Peachy. It covers my passion for philanthropy and celebrates all the amazing things that New Yorkers are doing to always make it the best that it can be.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I'm very athletic OR I love to play tennis, swim, and do yoga. In fact, I really learned to swim well at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Mount Kisco when I was a young girl.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?

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