Greenwich YMCA benefit: Setting sail for Havana

Frank Corvino, at left, is presented with an award by YMCA President and CEO Ed Philipp and Board of Directors Chairman James Cabrera. — John Ferris Robben photo

Frank Corvino, at left, is presented with an award by YMCA President and CEO Ed Philipp and Board of Directors Chairman James Cabrera. — John Ferris Robben photo

The YMCA of Greenwich has undergone its fair share of transformation recently as renovations have ended, but earlier this month it had its most radical shift ever as it transported its supporters back to 1940s Havana for a night.

The YMCA became a swinging Cuban nightspot as part of its annual gala, this time with the theme of Set Sail … Destination Havana 1940. The event took place on March 1 at the Delamar Hotel and more than 300 guests packed the sold-out benefit and enjoyed Cuban cuisine, decor, dancing to live music and even a cigar bar. Proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA’s scholarship program to allow kids to attend day care, after school and summer camp programs. Money also went to help fund the programs the entire community is able to enjoy at the YMCA.

It was also a night for the YMCA to honor Frank Corvino, who was presented with a plaque from James Cabrera, chairman of the YMCA’s board of directors. As president and CEO of Greenwich Hospital, the YMCA said Mr. Corvino’s efforts to advance healthy living in town made him highly deserving of the honor.

“Frank has worked tirelessly throughout our community to provide the best healthcare possible and to ensure residents are aware of the many preventative services and programs available,” Mr. Cabrera said, calling Greenwich Hospital a first class medical facility. “Nobody embodies the YMCA’s philosophy of excellence in healthy living better than Frank and we are proud to honor him.”

Mr. Corvino said he was honored to receive the award and joked that he would much rather see people getting healthy through the YMCA’s programs and exercise equipment than having to come to the hospital.

“The YMCA is a pillar of our Greenwich community,” Mr. Corvino said. “We believe strongly in their mission of healthy living for the body and soul.”

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was on the scene for the event and more of his photographs will be available online at Greenwich-post.com on Monday.

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