The Benefit for Greenwich Hospital Celebrates Devoted Leaders, Community and Frontline Heroes

Diane Kelly, Catherine Brunetti, Dr. James Brunetti, Arthur Martinez, Elizabeth Martinez

Diane Kelly, Catherine Brunetti, Dr. James Brunetti, Arthur Martinez, Elizabeth Martinez

Greenwich Hospital’s enthusiastic supporters and friends gathered in celebration at Greenwich Country Club on May 20, 2022 for the hospital’s annual Benefit, raising funds for key areas of growth in Oncology, Behavioral Health, Heart and Vascular, Children’s and Neuroscience.

The Benefit for Greenwich Hospital honored former Greenwich Hospital Board of Trustees Chair Arthur C. Martinez, Mrs. Elizabeth Martinez and family, as well as physician Dr. James A. Brunetti. Former Today Show co-host and longtime Riverside resident Kathie Lee Gifford delighted guests as the event’s master of ceremonies, and a rousing live auction was let by the renowned auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House.

“Our sole purpose is to help those in the community who depend on us to provide quality health care, no matter what. In everything we do, it is the talented people – our staff, clinical partners and volunteers – who are the bedrock upon which our work flourishes. That is what tonight’s philanthropy is all about. We are thrilled to honor this team and our treasured friends for all they have contributed to this hospital’s continued growth and to this community,” said Greenwich Hospital President Diane P. Kelly as she addressed guests.

Greenwich Hospital Board Chair W. Robert Berkley, Jr. reflected on the significance of being together. “This is a moment that is especially worthy of celebration. And in light of what the hospital has done for its communities over these past two years and its extraordinary trajectory forward in various clinical areas, it is a moment that should give us pride and gratitude.”

One of the evening’s most poignant moments took place when a poem was read from a book created by Greenwich Hospital’s Emergency Department staff about their experiences during the pandemic. Throughout the reading, images of Greenwich Hospital’s employees during the height of COVID-19 illuminated the stage. Upon completion of the reading, members of the Greenwich Hospital frontline took to the stage and were met with a standing ovation. Their backdrop was a reproduction of the mural created by artist Rick Garcia, commissioned by C. Parker Gallery, signed by the community at the Reindeer Festival and presented as a gift to Greenwich Hospital in recognition of the hospital’s work over the past two years.

“The power of investment made possible by all who supported this year’s Benefit directly impacts the continued growth of Greenwich Hospital’s centers of excellence within clinical areas important to our community: Oncology, Behavioral Health, Heart and Vascular, Children’s and Neuroscience – truly making the evening, ‘Our Benefit, For Your Benefit’,” said Noël Appel, Greenwich Hospital senior vice president and chief development officer.

To support Greenwich Hospital’s growth initiatives, please contact Noël Appel at 203-863-3861 or at