Hospital benefit a ‘roaring’ success

Under an art deco-style tent festooned with dangling chandeliers and glowing candlelight, close to 400 guests enjoyed “The Roaring 20’s Gala” for Greenwich Hospital recently at Greenwich Country Club. Proceeds from the event, co-chaired by Greenwich residents Aundrea Amine and Giovanna Miller, will benefit the Emergency Department at Greenwich Hospital.

Festive partiers, decked out in top hats and fanciful flapper attire, were treated to the hottest sounds of days-gone-by performed by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra who specialize in music from that era. At the end of the evening, guests took to the dance floor for more contemporary fare from DJ Matthew Dolan of Ambassador Entertainment. The event was designed in 20’s splendor by Renny & Reed Floral and Event Design in NYC.

Christie’s veteran auctioneer George McNeely led an auction that included a stay at a private South African game reserve, a private tour of TODAY! with Matt Lauer, a private tour of the U.S. Capitol and breakfast with Greenwich resident Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), a platinum, diamond and sapphire necklace donated by Betteridge and a Hermés Birkin bag, courtesy of Richards.

During the evening, the Mitchell family was honored with the President’s Award for their years of outstanding contributions to Greenwich Hospital.

In presenting the award, Greenwich Hospital President and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, said, “We honor the Mitchells because they embody philanthropy and community support at its finest and because their family and business values are so closely aligned with the core values we champion at Greenwich Hospital.”

The Mitchell family is best known in the Fairfield County area for their retail clothing stores, Mitchells in Westport and Richards in Greenwich and elsewhere for Marsh’s in Huntington, N.Y. and Wilkes Bashford in Palo Alto and San Francisco.

In accepting the award, Jack Mitchell, a member of the Greenwich Hospital Board of Trustees, praised Mr. Corvino and Greenwich Hospital’s staff for their dedication to outstanding customer service.

“What has motivated me to support Greenwich Hospital is that everyone associated with it is committed to making a difference in people’s lives,” Mr. Mitchell said.

Scott Mitchell, a Greenwich resident who runs Richards, recounted the many visits made by his family to the Emergency Department and thanked the crowd for supporting Greenwich Hospital.

“The Hospital is important to each of us and we need to support it in any way that we can,” he said.

TV personality Paula Zahn, who served as the master of ceremonies for the evening, also expressed gratitude to the Emergency Department at Greenwich Hospital for caring for her children and her 88-year-old mother on many occasions.

“I have tremendous peace of mind knowing that expert care is available at the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said the part-time Greenwich resident.

The Emergency Department at Greenwich Hospital is staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants and nurses. Last year, area residents sought emergency services at Greenwich Hospital on more than 43,000 occasions, 20% of which were services provided to children.

For more information about Greenwich Hospital’s fund-raising events, contact Stephanie Dunn Ashley, director of special events, at 203-863-3865 or [email protected]

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