Greenwich Hospital supporters revel at annual Under the Stars event

Heavy rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 300 revelers who attended the popular annual Under the Stars fund-raiser in support of the pediatrics department and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Greenwich Hospital. Co-chairs Brooke Bremer and April Larken and their volunteer committee did a spectacular job in planning the successful summer event, which took place under a festively decorated tent on Saturday, June 27 at Riverside Yacht Club. Jeanne Van Sciver, RNC, CCE, senior coordinator of perinatal and neonatal services at the hospital, was honored for her 34 years of dedicated service to infants, children and new mothers.

High spirits for a worthy cause

The guests, dressed in casually chic summer dresses and Bermuda shorts, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on such exciting silent auction items as tickets to Madonna’s upcoming concert, a limited edition Lilly Pulitzer beach cruiser, a child’s pedal-powered BMW and lunch with a Navy Seal. Signature drinks Seeing Stars and Cool Moon, concocted by Broken Shed Vodka, added to the fun. Later in the evening, a delicious dinner was served with paired wine amid a stunning décor of rich tan and blue table linens, chinoiserie vases of lush hydrangeas and strings of white lights twinkling overhead, created by Sebass Events and Entertainment.

During the evening’s program, Greenwich Hospital President Norman G. Roth drew upon his own experience as a parent and grandparent to stress the importance of having quality pediatric health services close at hand. “Greenwich Hospital is here for you and your children, every day, 24/7, ready to deliver the expert care you need with the compassion you deserve,” he said. In thanking the audience and volunteers, Roth noted the importance of community support, saying “Thanks to generous people like you, we can continue to invest in the technology and talent that you and your family can depend on when you need it most.”

In her remarks, co-chair Bremer noted that the NICU saved the lives of 385 babies last year. “These are babies who will grow up swimming on the swim team at Riverside Yacht Club, competing on the debate team at Greenwich High School, and enjoying ice cream with their friends at Gofers. These are babies who will get to grow up right here in our community thanks to the lifesaving technologies of our Level III NICU,” she said.

Greenwich resident, Simon Teakle, owner of Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry, led an enthusiastic live auction with spirited bidding for a unique Ralph Lauren experience that included a behind the scenes tour of the Ralph Lauren showroom, dinner at the exclusive Polo Bar in NYC and a luxurious Ricky Bag; a Shreve, Crump and Low diamond and emerald bracelet; tickets to the American Music Awards; a week-long stay at a resort in Mexico; and a modeling opportunity for a child in Serendipity magazine. Guests closed down the house dancing to music spun by the widely popular DJ Christopher Sealey.

Health services to children from birth through adolescence are provided by Greenwich Hospital on more than 20,000 occasions each year. The staff in the Pediatric Department includes pediatricians, medical specialists, nutritionists, therapists, psychologists and other experts who deliver a full range of inpatient and outpatient programs. The NICU provides round-the-clock care for infants as young as 27 gestational weeks from a highly trained team of neonatologists, neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners. The unit is equipped with the latest lifesaving technology to give struggling infants their greatest chance for a healthy outcome.

Greenwich Hospital acknowledges event sponsors: Acqua Panna, BMW, Cord Blood Registry, CRAVE Boutique, Grace Connell Designs, Eder Bros., Equinox, Fairfield County Look, Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media, Jeffrey Shaw Photography, Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Sebass Events and Entertainment, Serendipity Magazine and Vineyard Vines.

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