Wednesday July 28, 2010 | 10:30 PM

Milly and Robert Monks graciously opened their lovely oceanfront estate in Cape Elizabeth this evening for a breezy cocktail party to celebrate the U.S. publication of Milly's book "Songs of Three Islands: A Story of Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family." The event served as a fundraiser for Spring Harbor Hospital.

Milly is the great-granddaughter of Thomas Carnegie, who's brother Andrew Carnegie is known for his philanthropy and his crucial role in America's industrial revolution. And while most would assume her family's heritage entitled her to an idyllic life, her courageous book chronicles how she's been deeply affected by generations of mental illness. It is her hope with the publication of this book that more people will feel comfortable sharing their own families' struggles with mental health and those suffering from mental illness will no longer be burdened by such heavy social stigma and shame.

Here Sheri Boulos, the Spring Harbor trustee in charge of the nonprofit's fundraising efforts, presents Milly with a Simon Pearce vase as a token of the board's appreciation for her hosting the party and her work to educate the public about these important issues. Spring Harbor President Dennis King is standing behind them.


Here Robert Monks stands with family friends Sherry and Emma Britton in the home's library. Sherry's other daughter Nell Britton graced the party with her lovely voice and piano music.

All the guests went home with a signed copy of "Songs of Three Islands." Published by Atlas & Co., the book sells for $24 and is available in local book shops.

I'll have additional photos from the party and more details about who was there in the Aug. 1 Scene & Heard section of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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