Sold out crowd of over 400 guests gathered to raise money for Women’s and Children’s Health at Greenwich Hospital
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Greenwich, CT (June 26, 2018) – A beautiful summer evening by the water set the scene for this year’s Under the Stars event that raised over $600,000 for Women’s and Children’s Health at Greenwich Hospital. A sold out crowd of over 400 guests gathered at Riverside Yacht Club to enjoy a special night of music and support the important cause. Greenwich residents and second time co-chairs Andrea Sinkin Jaffe and Jennifer Turano led an enthusiastic committee of over 30 volunteers.
Said Jaffe, “Greenwich Hospital has served both of our families more times than we can count, for ourselves, our children, our parents and of course, our neighbors and friends. To imagine we could somehow just slightly tip the scale and help this incredible organization to stay at the top of its’ game fills us both with immense pride and gratitude.”
Guests perused an extensive silent auction of one-of-a-kind items during cocktail hour while local DJ and former event co-chair, April Larken, set the spirited tone of the evening. A tent outside the clubhouse was beautifully transformed by Sebass Events and Entertainment to evoke a cozy yet contemporary farmhouse aesthetic. Jeff Glor of the CBS Evening News served as Master of Ceremonies.
Greenwich Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Norman Roth, spoke about the importance of raising money for Women’s and Children’s Health and some of the hospital’s recent achievements. “Last month, and for the fifth consecutive year, we received the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience – the only hospital in Fairfield County to receive this recognition,” said Roth. He continued by noting the tremendous growth that has taken place in the hospital’s NICU since the inception of this event twenty years ago, the hospital’s excellent reputation for maternity services with patients travelling up to 50 miles to deliver in Greenwich, and an affiliation with Yale New Haven Health that has strengthened many service areas. “Most recently, our partnership with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital has brought the region’s most advanced children’s emergency room services to Greenwich, giving parents peace of mind with the additional level of expertise that pediatric emergency medicine specialists bring to families in our area,” he said.
Roth later introduced event honoree, Patricia Calayag, MD, director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Greenwich Hospital and deputy medical director at Westmed Medical Group. Dr. Calayag noted the changing landscape in health care and the digitization of medicine, vowing that Greenwich Hospital would never lose sight of its dedication to excellence in patient care and the patient experience.
A rousing live auction was led by veteran auctioneer, Jason Lamoreaux. Items up for bidding included VIP tickets to Good Morning America, luxurious trips to Mexico and the Alpines, a reservation at the exclusive Rao’s in New York City and tickets to see Under the Stars headliner, Caroline Jones, on tour with Jimmy Buffet and Zac Brown Band. The auction concluded with a successful appeal to garner further support for the hospital.
Country-pop sensation and Greenwich native, Caroline Jones, took the stage immediately following the live auction. Jones showed her talent of being a multi-instrumentalist while performing music from her debut album “Bare Feet,” and a few popular cover songs. She concluded her set with Abba’s hit song “Mamma Mia” and thanked everyone for gathering in support of Women’s and Children’s Health. The night came to an energetic close as guests flooded the dance floor to music from the ever-popular local cover band, The Short Bus.
Serving women and children
Greenwich Hospital physicians, nurses and clinicians are dedicated to providing safe, high quality care. Women’s and children’s health services include pediatrics, maternity (obstetrics), gynecology and heart and vascular services, as well as specialized services in our neonatal intensive care unit, Breast Center, Fertility Center and resources provided by Community Health at Greenwich Hospital.
Event support allows Greenwich Hospital to attract and retain physicians, nurses and staff who are the best in their fields, and to ensure the delivery of superior healthcare through investments in advanced medical technologies and facilities.
Greenwich Hospital gratefully acknowledges support from many philanthropic individuals and the following event sponsors: W. R. Berkley Charitable Foundation; Nancy and Peter Allatt; Sonia M. and Paul T. Jones, II; PepsiCo Foundation; Lauren Walsh; Yale New Haven Health; Jane and Alan Batkin; Rachel Schneider and David Greenspun, MD; Wells Fargo Private Bank; Serendipity Magazine, Main Media Sponsor; Fairfield County Look; Greenwich Magazine, Moffly Media; Greenwich Point Marketing; Greenwich Sentinel; Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a major academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.
Greenwich Hospital Foundation is committed to securing the funds needed for the hospital to fulfill its mission of extending the highest quality of safe and compassionate healthcare to everyone in our region, regardless of their ability to pay.
Caroline Jones is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and host of Art & Soul on Sirius XM who co-produced her forthcoming album, Bare Feet, with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Trisha Yearwood). Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” as “an ambitious, entrepreneurial guitar heroine primed to bring back the pop-country glory of the Nineties,” Caroline is lauded for single-handedly performing the guitar, banjo, harmonica, keys, and lap steel on Bare Feet. Throughout 2017, she supported and shared the stage with Zac Brown Band on their Welcome Home Tour, performed alongside Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith at the Trying to Reason hurricane relief benefit concert, and played Buckeye Country Superfest, Driftwood Festival, and more. Previously, the spirited vocalist toured hundreds of schools & universities nationwide – including underserved and charter schools with Stedman Graham – on The Heart is Smart School Tour, inspiring 150,000+ students with her performances and workshops to date.